Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: Jumbo Shrimp Snap Three Game Skid with 6-2 Outburst

Photo by Nancy Beecher

JACKSONVILLE – Stone Garrett’s three run homer propelled the Jumbo Shrimp to a 6-2 win over the Mobile BayBears Thursday night before 5,007 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Jacksonville (20-33) snapped a three-game losing skid.

The visitors struck first against Jumbo Shrimp starter Robert Dugger. Dugger gave up six hits and improved to 6-5 on the season with the win.

After a walk to DH Brendon Sanger to lead off the fourth, catcher Julian Leon stroked a single to left sending Sanger to third. Bo Way’s liner was caught by first baseman John Silviano for the first out.

The inning’s second out, Brandon Sandoval’s RBI grounder to shortstop Joe Dunand, gave the Mobile a 1-0 lead. Sandoval later homered for the BayBears.

Jesus Castillo (2-6) got the starting nod on the mound for Mobile (21-31).

After a walk to Brian Miller in the sixth, Dunand reached on an error by shortstop Justus Connor. That set the stage for Garrett’s third home run of the season.

Mobile’s Tyler Carpenter gave up three more runs in relief in the seventh.

Two errors put Santiago Chavez and Anfernee Seymour on the bases. Corey Bird’s single to right scored Chavez. Miller’s single to left scored Seymour and Bird for a 6-2 advantage..

Mobile second baseman Jahmal Jones reached first on an infield hit to begin the game.

After advancing on infield outs by Brandon Marsh and Jhoan Urena, Jones was stranded at third when Sanger struck out.

With one out in the second Way sliced a single to left center. Dugger then got Sandoval to fly out to right and struck out Roberto Baldoquin.

Castillo sailed through the first two innings before Seymour singled to center with two outs. Bird’s base hit advanced Seymour to third. But Justin Twine flied out to Marsh to end the threat.

In the fifth Castillo gave up a walk to Silviano. J.C. Milan reached first on a fielder’s choice After Santiago Chavez struck out, Seymour got his second hit of the game to center. With Milan on third, Seymour was caught stealing second.

GAME NOTES:  Outfielder Magneuris Sierra has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Sierra played in 48 games for the Jumbo Shrimp, hitting .282 with a home run and seven runs batted in, in addition to seven stolen bases…The BayBears used five pitchers….Mobile outfielder Bo Way is from Brunswick, Ga….Garrett came into the game with two stolen bases on the season, in the second he was trying for his third when he was thrown out at second… Mobile committed three errors…Daniel Castano picked up the save….both clubs left five players on base.

PRE-GAME NOTES – Cody Poteet fired seven scoreless innings and Brian Miller lashed three hits on Wednesday, but Brendon Sanger’s ninth inning home run lifted the Mobile BayBears to a 2-1 victory over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Miller’s RBI single broke a scoreless tie in the third inning and the game remained 1-0 going to the ninth. However, after a walk, Sanger bopped a two-run shot to give the BayBears the 2-1 advantage. Jacksonville went down in order in the bottom of the ninth inning for the club’s third straight loss. Poteet struck out three and scattered three walks and three hits over his seven flawless frames.

A PERFECT 10 –Jacksonville outfielder Brian Miller has notched a hit in 10 games in a row, the second-longest streak in the Southern League. During this run, the Raleigh, N.C., native is 16-for-40, batting .400 with four RBIs and three walks to post a .442 on-base percentage. On the season, the former North Carolina Tar Heel is pulling the ball at a career-high 45.9 percent clip while going the opposite way a career-low 20.5 percent of the time, the third-lowest such mark of the 114 Southern League hitters with at least 70 plate appearances this year.

MEN OF STEAL – Jumbo Shrimp catchers have been a bright spot defensively all season for the club. Santiago Chavez’s 19 men caught stealing ranks first in all of Double-A. Additionally, as a team, the Jumbo Shrimp have gunned down 32 potential base stealers, second at the Double-A level and third out of 120 teams in MiLB. Jacksonville’s 45.7 percent caught stealing rate is the third-best such mark of any Double-A club.

INCENDIO – In the first 20 games of the season, Jacksonville starting pitchers compiled a 3-13 record and 5.44 ERA over 91.0 innings. Jumbo Shrimp lid-lifters combined for 49 walks (4.8 BB/9), 89 strikeouts (8.8 K/9) and 91 hits allowed (9.0 H/9). However, the Jumbo Shrimp have seen some stellar starting pitching over the last 32 games. During this stretch, Jacksonville starters have combined for a 2.39 ERA (50 ER in 188.2 IP). Jumbo Shrimp starters have walked 54 (2.6 BB/9), fanned 149 (7.1 K/9) and yielded 144 hits (6.9 H/9).

ROB THE BUILDER – Heading into play on April 22 Jumbo Shrimp starter Robert Dugger was saddled with a 6.60 ERA. In the six starts since then, the Tomball, Texas native has seen that mark plummet to 3.19. During this six-outing stretch, Dugger has ceded just eight runs, all earned, on 26 hits in 38.2 innings for a 1.96 ERA. The 23-year-old right-hander has whiffed 39 against only seven walks. On the season, Dugger, who earned Southern League Pitcher of the Week for May 13-19, has posted a 45.9 percent ground ball rate. Last season with Jacksonville, the former Texas Tech Red Raider registered a 34.4 percent ground ball percentage.

ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER – Jacksonville has suffered 15 shutouts this season, by far the most in the Southern League. In fact, the Jumbo Shrimp’s 15 blankings are just shy to the 16 combined total of the five Northern Division teams, as well as nearly double that of Mobile’s eight, the next-closest team in the circuit. Jacksonville has also scored just one run in nine additional contests on the campaign. Perhaps not coincidentally, The Jumbo Shrimp have scored the second-fewest runs (132) out of the 120 teams in Minor League Baseball this season. The club ranks last in the minors in slugging percentage (.288), OPS (.567) and walks (116), as well as second-to-last in doubles (54), on-base percentage (.280) and home runs (13).

CONNECT FOUR – For a team that has thrived on strong pitching throughout the season, the four-run barrier has been critical to meet for the Jumbo Shrimp to find success. When Jacksonville scores at least four runs in a game, the club is 15-3. However, the Jumbo Shrimp have plated three runs or fewer in 34 of their 52 contests, and the club has posted just a 4-30 record in those affairs. Jacksonville has now won their last 13 games when tallying at least four runs in a contest.

SHRIMP SKEWERS – Posting a pair of error-free games in a row, Jacksonville attempts their third straight contest without a miscue. This season, the Shrimp have not gone three games without tallying an error consecutively… The Jacksonville offense has accrued just one home run in their last 147 innings.

Thanks to Scott Kornberg and Roger Hoover of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp for game notes.

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