Jacksonville Sports Day

SHRIMP NOTES: Shrimp Edged By Biscuits 1-0 as Sanchez Ties Career High with 10 Strikeouts

FILE PHOTO by Daniel Venn

MONTGOMERY – Sixto Sanchez fanned 10 in seven innings on Thursday, but the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp were blanked 1-0 by the Montgomery Biscuits.

Sanchez ceded just one run on four hits in his seven frames. He only walked two batters. The game’s only run came in the fifth inning. Kevin Padlo and Tristan Gray collected back-to-back doubles to put the Biscuits in front.

Montgomery starter Paul Campbell tossed five scoreless frames. Blake Bivens and Phoenix Sanders chipped in two shutout innings apiece out of the bullpen.

Brett Graves whiffed two batters in a scoreless inning of relief for the Jumbo Shrimp.

BACK TO THE BASICS

Jacksonville had their five-game winning streak, which had equaled a season-high, snapped on Thursday with a 1-0 shutout loss to Montgomery. The blanking was the 18th of the year for the Jumbo Shrimp, which is more than double than that of the next-closest Southern League squads (Mississippi and Mobile, each with eight). In fact, Jacksonville has 64 percent more shuouts than the team in 119th place in all of Minor League Baseball in High-A Florida (Atlanta Braves), which has suffered 11 zeroes. The 2018 Jumbo Shrimp led the Southern League with 16 blankings, and this year’s club is nearing the circuit record of 25 set by Asheville in 1970.

THE GOBLET OF FIRE

Jacksonville pitchers fanned 12 against two walks on Thursday, a continuation of a positive recent trend for the club. Heading into play on Friday, Jacksonville’s staff has recorded double-digit strikeouts in six of the last nine games, posting more than two walks in just two of those affairs. During this nine-game run, the Jumbo Shrimp are boasting a 92-to-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 81.0 innings.

CLOSE TALKERS

Throughout every level in the history of baseball, nearly every team expects to go about .500 in games decided by one or two runs. However, the Jumbo Shrimp have posted a combined 16-28 (.364) record in games determined by two runs or fewer. Interestingly, 13 of Jacksonville’s last 16 games have been decided by two runs or fewer. The Jumbo Shrimp have won nine of these 13 contests.

DROPS OF JUPITER

Right-hander Edward Cabrera will make his Double-A debut in Friday’s contest at Montgomery. At the time of his promotion from High-A Jupiter, 60 pitchers had logged at least 40.0 innings in the Florida State League. Cabrera ranked second in FIP (2.28), third in strikeout percentage (33.2 percent), fourth in K-BB% (24.3 percent), fifth in xFIP (2.64), sixth in swinging strike percentage (14.5 percent) and ninth in ERA (2.02). The 21-year-old native of Santiago in the Dominican Republic began the season by yielding four runs to the first five batters he faced. He followed that up by not surrendering a run until the sixth inning of his start on May 23, a span of 28 consecutive scoreless frames.

STARTER KIT

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). Following that tough beginning though, the Jumbo Shrimp have seen some stellar starting pitching over the last 58 games. During this stretch, Jacksonville starters have combined for a 2.87 ERA (107 ER in 335.1 IP). Jumbo Shrimp starters have walked 95 (2.5 BB/9), fanned 294 (7.9 K/9) and yielded 273 hits (7.3 H/9).

‘PEN PALS

Brett Graves pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Thursday at Montgomery, continuing an excellent stretch for the Jumbo Shrimp bullpen. Over the last 14 games, Jacksonville relief pitchers have tossed 47.1 innings with just five runs against for a 0.95 ERA. During this 14-game span, the Jumbo Shrimp’s bullpen has collectively surrendered just 18 hits (3.4 H/9) while whiffing 51 (9.7 K/9) against 13 walks (2.5 BB/9).

BROADWAY JACKSONVILLE JOE

Jacksonville infielder Joe Dunand came into play on June 9 with a dormant season batting line of .209/.275/.262. However, in the 16 games since then, the Miami native is for 19-for-56 at the plate, slashing a robust .339/.393/.536 with eight doubles, one home run, four RBIs and four walks. Dunand has dropped his strikeout percentage from 29.7 percent with Jacksonville in 2018 to 23.9 percent this year.

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

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