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RECAP: Seymour Slam Seals Jumbo Shrimp Road Sweep; Garrett Player of the Week

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (47-52, 18-11) defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts (44-54, 8-21) by a 10-5 score in the fourth game of the four-game series at AT&T Field on Sunday afternoon.

The win completed a four-game sweep for the Jumbo Shrimp in Chattanooga, as Jacksonville handed the Lookouts their 14th consecutive loss, one loss shy of tying the Southern League record for the longest losing streak in league history.

Jacksonville left-handed starting pitcher Daniel Castano (3-1) earned the victory, working six innings where he allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Chattanooga left-handed starting pitcher Reiver Sanmartin (0-4) took the loss, working four and a third innings where he allowed eight runs (all earned) on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Jacksonville left-handed pitcher McKenzie Mills worked the final three innings for his second save of the year.

Jacksonville struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Bryson Brigman brought in the first run with an RBI double, and then he scored from third when Joe Dunand reached on a fielding error by Lookouts third baseman Gavin LaValley to make it 2-0. Chattanooga answered with a run in the bottom of the first, as Taylor Trammell hit a triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Mitch Nay to make it 2-1. An inning later Chattanooga tied the game at 2-2 on an RBI single by Alfredo Rodriguez.

The Jumbo Shrimp used the long ball to get back in front, as Corey Bird powered out a two-run homer to right field to give Jacksonville a 4-2 lead in the top of the third. Two innings later in the top of the fifth, J.C. Millan added an RBI single to grow the lead to 5-2 off Sanmartin before a pitching change was made. Chattanooga right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Nutof entered the game and his first pitch was hit out of the ballpark by Anfernee Seymour, a grand slam home run to right field that put Jacksonville’s lead at 9-2.

In the top of the sixth inning, Millan added an RBI double to grow the lead to 10-2. The Lookouts answered in the bottom of the sixth with a Gavin LaValley two-run home run to make it a 10-4 score. Mitch Nay added the final Lookouts run with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to put the score at 10-5, which would be the final.

Each player in Jacksonville’s starting lineup recorded a base hit in the contest, and Seymour’s four runs batted in off of his grand slam gave him a career high in RBI. Seymour was one of three Shrimp hitters with a multi-RBI game, and five hitters had multi-hit games.

Today the Southern League announced that Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp outfielder Stone Garrett has been named the league’s Player of the Week.

Garrett, 23, earns Player of the Week honors after a massive week for the Jumbo Shrimp which featured a 5-for-6 performance on Friday evening and four multi-hit games overall. The Sugar Land, Texas native led all qualified batters this past week in hits (12) and OPS (1.514), while ranking among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories including batting average (.571, T-1st), on-base percentage (.609, 2nd), slugging percentage (.905, T-1st), runs scored (7, T-3rd), total bases (19, T-2nd), and runs batted in (8, T-2nd).

In addition to his offensive output, Garrett also ended up earning the Top Play on ESPN’s SportsCenter following a leaping home run robbery on July 16.

The Miami Marlins selected Garrett in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft out of George Ranch High School in Richmond, Texas. In 25 games following the All-Star Break, Garrett is hitting .333 (31-for-93) with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

The Jumbo Shrimp begin a 10-game homestand tonight with the first of five games against the Biloxi Shuckers at 7:05 p.m.

STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM – Jacksonville has surrendered just 29 runs in their last 10 games, and the club’s starting pitching was a huge culprit behind those run-prevention efforts. During this span, Jumbo Shrimp starters combined for a 2.76 ERA (18 ER in 58.2 IP). The quintet of starting pitchers have posted 58 strikeouts against 14 walks and 51 hits allowed in the process. In comparison, Jumbo Shrimp starters compiled a 6.13 ERA (32 ER in 47.0 IP) over the previous nine games.

SCORE FOUR AND WIN – Buoyed by strong pitching throughout the season, the Jumbo Shrimp offense has been given a bigger margin of error by not needing to score huge quantities of runs to win games. In fact, Jacksonville has won each of its last 18 contests when hitting the four-run marker. On the season, when the Jumbo Shrimp tally at least four scores, the club is a sterling 38-6 (.864). Jacksonville has plated at least four runs in 16 of their 29 games in the campaign’s second half.

RETURN OF THE BATS – Jacksonville heads into their set with Biloxi coming off their first series sweep of the season and winners of eight of the last nine games. Over this nine-game run, the Jumbo Shrimp have plated 58 runs, the most in the Southern League and third-highest of any Double-A club. Jacksonville is collectively hitting .304/.377/.426 (.803 OPS), figures that rank third, third, seventh and fourth, respectively, at the Double-A level. In addition to their suddenly-hot offense, the Jumbo Shrimp have yielded more than three runs in a contest just once in the last nine affairs. Jacksonville has outscored their opponents 58-26 over this run.

‘PEN PALS – From June 26 through the eighth inning on July 5, the Jumbo Shrimp bullpen netted a 36-inning streak without an earned run. That roll is in the midst of a stretch that has been devastating opposing lineups late in games. Over the last 35 contests, Jumbo Shrimp relief pitchers have tossed 116.1 innings with just 20 runs, 18 earned, for a 1.39 ERA. During this 35-game span, the Jumbo Shrimp’s bullpen has collectively ceded just 69 hits (5.3 H/9) while whiffing 121 (9.4 K/9) against 35 walks (2.7 BB/9)

HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT – Jacksonville went into play on June 13 with a woeful 25-41 (.379) record. The Jumbo Shrimp have gone 22-11 (.667) since that point behind some dominant pitching. In the 33 games since June 13, Jacksonville has surrendered the fewest runs (104) and hits (235) of any Double-A club. The Jumbo Shrimp also place second in Double-A in WHIP (1.11), third in walks (87), fourth in batting average against (.220), fourth in ERA (2.97) and 11th in strikeouts (296) during this span.
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BYE-BYE BIRDIE – Jacksonville outfielder Corey Bird came into play on July 4 in a massive slump, going 10-for-87 (.115) at the plate in the previous 22 games to drop his season batting line to .203/.258/.242. That said, the Elkview, W.V., native has followed that skid up by reaching base in 15 consecutive contests. Over these last 15 affairs, Bird is 19-for-50, slashing .380/.446/.580 with a double, three home runs, 15 RBIs, eight runs scored, five walks and one hit-by-pitch.

LEAGUE AWARDS – The Southern League announced that Biloxi Shuckers ace Trey Supak has been selected as the Pitcher of the Week. Supak, 23, earns his second Pitcher of the Week award this season after tossing a one-hit complete game shutout on July 16 vs Chattanooga. For the second time this year, the Bryan, Texas native came within one out of a no hitter, as Supak struck out nine batters on the way to his 10th victory of the season. Thanks to a 2-for-3 day at the dish, Supak recorded more hits than he allowed that night. The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Supak from the Pittsburgh Pirates in December 2015 and promoted him to Biloxi nearly halfway through the 2018 season. Entering play Monday, Supak leads all qualified Southern League pitchers this year in wins (10), innings pitched (117.0), opponents’ batting average (.189) and WHIP (0.85). He is listed as Milwaukee’s no. 10 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

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