Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: Jump Shrimp Take Rubber Match in Walk-off Against BayBears, 7-6

Game Photo by Nancy Beecher

JACKSONVILLE – Justin Twine’s pinch-hit, two out RBI single was the difference as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp rallied to take the rubber match over the Mobile BayBears 7-6 Saturday night before 6,162 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Leading 6-4, BayBear’s reliever Brett Hanewich (0-1) came on in the ninth. He walked Brian Miller. Struck out Joe Dunand.

Stone Garrett then reached on an error. John Silviano walked to load the bases. Bryson Brigman’s sacrifice fly to center to make it 6-5.

J.C. Milan’s single, scoring Garrett,  tied the game. That set the stage for Twine’s walk-off heroics. Knocking in Silviano to win the game and series.

Mobile’s Robert Baldoquin hit a two RBI triple. Baldoquin’s hit dropped in short right and got by Garrett. The ball rolled to the warning track scoring Brandon Sandoval and Bo Way in the sixth inning.

The visitors were already leading 1-0. With one out in the third, Brandon Marsh tripled off starter Jason Yamamoto. He scored on Jack Kruger’s double.

Mobile added to their total in the seventh.

Jahmal Jones led off with a single. He scored on Marsh’s second triple of the game. Marsh left the game with an injury. Erick Salcedo subbed for Marsh at third. He was safe at home on a slow grounder to second.

Jacksonville scored in their half of the frame.

Sliviano led off with a single. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. He averted the shut out on B.J. Lopez’s two out RBI. The rally wasn’t finished.

Corey Bird reached on a flare to short center advancing Lopez to third. Lopez scored on Anfernee Seymour’s slow roller to the pitcher for Jacksonville’s second run.

The Jump Shrimp cut the lead again in the eighth. Milan’s two-out RBI scored Silviano, who walked. Bryson Brigman reached on a fielder’s choice, then later scored on an infield hit to make it 5-4.

They loaded the bases, but Seymour went down on strikes to end the inning.

The BayBear’s added a run in the ninth. With one away Salcedo drew a base on balls. Then stole second and third. Kruger flied out to left. But Brendon Sanger drove Salcedo home with his first hit of the game.

Elvis Arajuo (2-1) picked up the win,

The Jumbo Shrimp go on the road for a five game set at Pensacola beginning Sunday. Jacksonville returns home on June 7 against Birmingham.

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM – Jacksonville has resided in fifth place of the Southern League’s Southern Division for 45 consecutive days. If the Jumbo Shrimp can win Saturday’s rubber match against Mobile, Jacksonville would vault into fourth place in the Southern Division for the first time since April 16. A victory would also net the club back-to-back series wins for the first time all season. The Jumbo Shrimp have taken five of their last eight contests heading into Saturday.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DOLLAR – 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). However, the Jumbo Shrimp have seen some stellar starting pitching over the last 34 games. During this stretch, Jacksonville starters have combined for a 2.46 ERA (55 ER in 201.1 IP). Jumbo Shrimp starters have walked 56 (2.5 BB/9), fanned 160 (7.2 K/9) and yielded 157 hits (7.0 H/9).

MEN OF STEAL – Jumbo Shrimp catchers have been a bright spot defensively all season for the club. Santiago Chavez’s 19 men caught stealing ranks first in all of Double-A and tied for fifth in Minor League Baseball. Additionally, as a team, the Jumbo Shrimp have gunned down 32 potential base stealers, second at the Double-A level and tied for fifth out of 120 teams in MiLB. Jacksonville’s 45.7 percent caught stealing rate is the second-best such mark of any Double-A club.

AIR JORDA – Jordan Yamamoto takes the ball in Saturday’s rubber match against Mobile on quite the roll of late. Over his last five starts, the 23-year-old right-hander has surrendered just eight runs, seven earned, on 19 hits in 29.2 innings for a 2.12 ERA. During this span, the Honolulu native has whiffed 26 against seven walks. Interestingly, of the 51 Southern League pitchers who have logged at least 30.0 innings this season, Yamamoto has posted the 10th-lowest BABIP at .254.

CONNECT FOUR – Jacksonville knocked off Mobile 6-3 on Friday, marking the seventh time in the last 12 games that the Jumbo Shrimp have eclipsed the four-run marker. For a team that has thrived on strong pitching throughout the season, the four-run barrier has been critical to meet for the Jumbo Shrimp to find success. When Jacksonville scores at least four runs in a game, the club is 17-3. However, the Jumbo Shrimp have plated three runs or fewer in 34 of their 54 contests, and the club has posted just a 4-30 record in those affairs. Jacksonville has now won their last 15 games when tallying at least four runs in a contest.

A DOZEN ROSES – Jacksonville outfielder Brian Miller has notched a hit in 12 games in a row, the longest active streak in Double-A. During this run, the Raleigh, N.C., native is 19-for-47, batting .404 with six RBIs and four walks to post a .451 on-base percentage. On the season, the former UNC Tar Heel is pulling the ball at a career-high 45.0 percent clip while going the opposite way a career-low 21.2 percent of the time, the sixth-lowest such mark of the 118 Southern League hitters with at least 70 plate appearances this year.

ERROR 404: NOT FOUND – After making five errors in their series with Mississippi, Jacksonville has played four consecutive games without a miscue in their set against Mobile – the first time all season the Jumbo Shrimp have recorded four straight error-free contests. Jacksonville’s errorless streak is 38 innings heading into play on Saturday. The club also boasts a .719 defensive efficiency on the season, a figure that would rank tie for seventh in Major League Baseball.

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

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