Jacksonville Sports Day

Guzman’s Gem Sends Jacksonville Shrimp Past Shuckers 5-0

Photo by Mike Krebs

BILOXI, Miss. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (53-59, 24-18) defeated the Biloxi Shuckers (66-46, 25-17) by a 5-0 score in the third game of the five-game series at MGM Park on Saturday night.

Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher and Marlins No. 17 prospect Jorge Guzman (5-10) earned the victory. Guzman’s first five innings were perfect, and he carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the eighth inning. C.J. Hinojosa broke up the no-hitter with a single to left field to begin the bottom of the eighth, and Guzman left the game to a standing ovation at MGM Park.

Guzman worked a career-high seven-plus innings in scoreless fashion as he allowed just the lone hit with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Biloxi right-handed starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen (1-3) took the loss, working two and a third innings where he allowed a season-high five runs (all earned) on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Rasmussen had set down the first seven batters he faced before Jacksonville’s offense came alive in the top of the third. With the bases loaded, a Brian Miller RBI single started the scoring at 1-0. Guzman then scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Later in that at-bat, Lewin Diaz powered out a three-run home run to right center field, his third straight game with a homer in Biloxi, to make it 5-0 Shrimp and knock Rasmussen out of the game.

Jacksonville left-handed relief pitcher Jordan Guerrero came in after Guzman left the game in the bottom of the eighth and worked the final two innings in scoreless fashion to preserve the 5-0 win, Jacksonville’s second shutout victory so far in the series.

The Jumbo Shrimp will continue their five-game series with the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park at 3:35 p.m. eastern on Sunday afternoon. Right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez (7-4, 2.96 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Biloxi right-handed pitcher Alec Bettinger (5-6, 3.62 ERA).

ROSTER MOVES – Left-handed starting pitcher Trevor Rogers has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. Rogers has been a 2019 Florida State League Midseason All-Star with the Hammerheads, going 5-8 with a 2.53 ERA with 122 strikeouts in his 110 and a third innings of work in 18 starts. Rogers, 21, is regarded by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins No. 9 prospect, and was selected by Miami in the first round (No. 13) overall in the 2017 draft out of Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Right-handed starting pitcher Edward Cabrera has been placed on Jacksonville’s injured list, retroactive to August 1. Cabrera has made six starts for the Jumbo Shrimp, going 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA, striking out 37 batters in his 34 and two-thirds innings of work. Cabrera is regarded by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins No. 7 prospect.

LEAGUE HONORS – Jackson Generals infielder Pavin Smith has been named the Southern League Player of the Month for July. Smith will also be the Southern League’s representative for Minor League Baseball’s Player of the Month Award presented by Uncle Ray’s. Smith, 23, earns Player of the Month honors after recording a dominant stretch for the Jackson Generals, who finished July with a 17-9 overall record as well as a league-leading .726 team OPS. The Jupiter, Fla. native led all qualified hitters in numerous offensive categories last month including batting average (.341), total bases (55), slugging percentage (.604), and OPS (.998). He also finished among the league leaders in hits (31, T-2nd), runs batted in (18, T-1st), and on-base percentage (.394, 4th). During the month of July, Smith posted his two longest hit streaks of the season including a nine-game stretch (.400, 14-for-35) from July 6-19 and another eight-game run (.444, 12-for-27) which remains active. He also drew 10 walks for the Generals while striking out only six times. This season – his first in the Southern League – Smith is hitting .277 (98-for-354) with nine home runs, 46 runs scored, and 46 runs batted in. Since the All-Star break, he is hitting .315 (40-for-127) with four homers and 20 runs driven in. Entering play today Smith ranks among the league leaders in 10 offensive categories, including total bases (157, 5th), extra-base hits (36, 5th), hits (98, 6th), and bases on balls (45, 6th). The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Smith in the first round (no. 7 overall) of the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Virginia. He was named a Northwest League midseason All-Star in 2017 and earned a spot in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game last year. The Southern League named Smith its Player of the Week earlier this season thanks to his performance in games July 8-14.

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