Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: Jacksonville Edges Mobile 3-2; Home Finale Cancelled


JACKSONVILLE – Daniel Castano pitched six strong innings and Stone Garrett added a clutch two-run double on Monday to help the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to a 3-2 triumph over the Mobile BayBears from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The teams’ Tuesday game was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Mobile (49-82, 22-41) led 2-1 in the fifth inning when Jazz Chisholm singled against BayBears starter Greg Mahle (2-3).

After a fielder’s choice ground out and a fly out, Brian Miller walked. Garrett followed with a two-run double to put Jacksonville (66-68, 37-27) ahead 3-2.

Victor Victor Mesa singled to begin a scoreless bottom of the first. He stole second, and after a pair of outs, Joe Dunand singled him in for the game’s first run.

The BayBears were able to grab the lead in the fifth. Roberto Baldoquin’s RBI double tied the game before a wild pitch plated Bo Way to make it 2-1.

Castano (7-1) earned the win with six strong innings of relief, yielding two runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Tommy Eveld picked up his 11th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

ROSTER MOVES: Right-handed starting pitcher Edward Cabrera has been transferred from Jacksonville’s injured list to the active roster.

Cabrera had been on Jacksonville’s injured list since Aug. 1.

Cabrera with Jacksonville has been 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six starts, with 37 strikeouts compared to 11 walks in 34 and two-thirds innings. Cabrera is regarded by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins No. 7 prospect.

In a corresponding move right-handed pitcher Kolton Mahoney has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Mahoney has pitched in 27 games and made nine starts for the Jumbo Shrimp, going 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA.

Earlier this season with New Orleans, Mahoney made two appearances and one start, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA.

Additionally, infielder Bryson Brigman has been transferred to Jacksonville’s injured list. Brigman has played in 98 games with Jacksonville, hitting .250 with two home runs and 24 RBI.

In a corresponding move, infielder Justin Twine has been transferred from the temporary inactive list to Jacksonville’s active roster.

Twine has played in 103 games for Jacksonville this year, hitting .242 with a home run and 31 RBI.

Additionally, Miami Marlins right-handed pitcher Jose Urena’s major league rehab assignment has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans.

Urena in two appearances and one start was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, working two and two-thirds scoreless innings on the mound.

ATTENANCE RECORD SET: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s 2019 season presented by Community First Credit Union saw the club welcome a total attendance of 327,388 come through the gates at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, marking the best total attendance in the first three seasons of the Jumbo Shrimp and the first time since 2010 that the club has had at least 317,000 fans come to Jacksonville home games in three consecutive years.

The Jumbo Shrimp totaled five crowds of at least 8,600, the five biggest in the Southern League all season, including a July 3 crowd of 11,429, the second-largest of the last 10 years at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. In addition, the Jumbo Shrimp boasted eight crowds of at least 8,100 fans in 2019, marking both the club’s most since 2009 and also eight of the 11 largest crowds in the circuit.

Jacksonville saw a growth of 3.2 percent in their total attendance, and their average attendance of 4,960 fans signified the first time in nine years that the club averaged at least 4,900 fans in three straight seasons. Through the first four years of the Fast Forward Sports ownership group, more than 1.2 million fans have attended games at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

“We are so grateful for how the Jacksonville community has embraced the Jumbo Shrimp, said Jumbo Shrimp owner Ken Babby. “We thank all of the extraordinary fans and partners of Crustacean Nation for a memorable season of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Our staff is truly humbled, and we look forward to more Affordable Family Fun for many years to come.”

BIVENS FACES TRAGEDY: The wife and child of Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Blake Bivens were reportedly killed in a triple homicide in Pittsylvania County, Va. on Tuesday. Bivens, 24, plays for the Southern League’s Montgomery Biscuits. The Biscuits cancelled their doubleheader against the Chattanooga Lookouts citing a “tragic event within the Biscuits family.” Team CEO Lou Di Bella later released a statement on Bivens. “Earlier today, we learned that one of our players, Blake Bivens, suffered unimaginable loss,” De Bella wrote. “First and foremost, the Biscuits’ thoughts and prayers are with Blake and all those who have been impacted by this tragedy.” The Rays selected Bivens in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft out of high school. He’s 4-0 with a 3.95 ERA and one save while working primarily as a relief pitcher this season.

LEAGUE HONORS: The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced that Jackson Generals infielder Pavin Smith has been named the league’s Player of the Week, while Tennessee Smokies RHP Cory Abbott has received the league’s Pitcher of the Week honors. Both awards recognize these players’ performances for games played during the week of August 19-25.

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