Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: Jacksonville’s Sixto Scoreless as Shrimp Blank Barons 1-0

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (29-41) defeated the Birmingham Barons (27-42) by a 1-0 score in the final game of the five-game series at Regions Field on Sunday afternoon.

Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez (2-2) earned the victory by pitching six scoreless innings where he allowed five hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Birmingham left-handed starting pitcher Matt Tomshaw (2-3) took the loss, pitching six innings where he allowed one unearned run on three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. Jacksonville left-handed relief pitcher Jeff Kinley worked a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the year.

After the first two innings were scoreless, a Brian Miller RBI single gave Jacksonville a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, which would be the final.

After Sanchez’s six innings, left-hander McKenzie Mills worked a scoreless seventh inning before Graves kept the Barons scoreless in the final two frames and Kinley locked down the save in the ninth.

The win was Jacksonville’s fourth straight to gain a series victory over Birmingham to close out the first half of the 2019 Southern League season.

The Jumbo Shrimp will have the next three days off for the Southern League All-Star break.

The second half of the season begins on Thursday night as the Jumbo Shrimp start a five-game series with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 7:05 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

LEAGUE HONORS – The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced that Mississippi Braves outfielder Drew Waters has been named Player of the Week and Biloxi Shuckers starter Bowden Francis has been named Pitcher of the Week for games during the week of June 10-16.

Waters, 20, earns Player of the Week honors following a dominant nine-game stretch for the M-Braves in which he led all qualified batters in a number of offensive categories including batting average (.444), OPS (1.182), hits (16), and total bases (26). He also ranked among the league leaders in RBI (7, T-1st), on-base percentage (.459, 2nd), and slugging percentage (.722, 3rd).

At the halfway mark of his first Southern League season, Waters leads all qualified batters in batting average (.338), slugging percentage (.535), OPS (.916), hits (93), doubles (23), triples (8), extra-base hits (36), total bases (147), and runs scored (42). He has reached base in 25 straight games (since May 23) for Mississippi, the longest such streak in the Southern League this season.

The Atlanta Braves selected Waters in the second round of the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft out Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. A switch-hitting outfielder, Waters is currently listed by MLB Pipeline as Atlanta’s no. 5 prospect as well as the no. 59 overall prospect in baseball.

Francis, 23, is named Pitcher of the Week after spinning a pair of shutouts for the South Division champion Biloxi Shuckers. All in all, the Tallahassee, Florida native combined to go 2-0 with a spotless 0.00 ERA across 13.0 innings of work, allowing just three hits and three walks along the way. His 22 strikeouts led Minor League Baseball this past week, while his 0.46 WHIP and .071 opponents batting average (3-for-42) paced all qualified pitchers in the Southern League.

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Francis in the seventh round of the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft out of Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. Through his first 11 starts in the Southern League, Francis has posted a 4-4 record alongside a 4.58 ERA (29 ER/57.0 IP) and 65 strikeouts.

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