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JUMBO SHRIMP: Pensacola Takes 7-5 Decision Despite Garrett’s Output

Photo by Daniel Venn/Pensacola Wahoos

Stone Garrett collected three hits and four RBIs on Tuesday, but the Pensacola Blue Wahoos surpassed the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7-5.

Jimmy Kerrigan’s two-run single in the second inning gave Pensacola an early lead.

In the fourth, Garrett added an RBI single to halve the Jacksonville deficit. Caleb Hamilton notched an RBI ground out in the fifth, and in the sixth, Garrett registered a two-run base hit to even the tally at three.

The Blue Wahoos plated a pair of runs in both the sixth and eighth innings to take a 7-3 advantage. In the ninth, Brian Miller and Garrett each bagged an RBI single, but the Jumbo Shrimp could get no closer in their 7-5 defeat.

ROSTER MOVES – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp roster.Infielder Billy Fleming has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Fleming played in two games for the Jumbo Shrimp, hitting .400 (2-for-5) over the past two days in Pensacola. Fleming was signed by the Marlins as a minor league free agent on Monday after previously playing in the New York Yankees organization.

SWEET SIXTEEN – Jacksonville outfielder Brian Miller has notched at least one hit in 16 consecutive games, the longest hitting streak in Double-A this season. During this run, the Raleigh, N.C., native is 26-for-66, batting .394/.444/.470 with three doubles, one triple and nine RBIs. On the season, the former North Carolina Tar Heel is pulling the ball at a career-high 46.9 percent clip while going the opposite way a career-low 21.0 percent of the time, the fifth-lowest such mark of the 119 Southern League hitters with at least 70 plate appearances this year.

BATMEN – Heading into play on May 23, the Jumbo Shrimp had scored just 113 runs in their first 46 games (2.5 per game) en route to a woeful 16-30 record. The club had also posted the worst on-base percentage (.278), slugging percentage (.288) and OPS (.565) out of the 120 teams in full-season Minor League Baseball. However, in the 12 games since then, Jacksonville has gone 7-5, tallying 59 runs (4.9 per game). The club has registered a .267/.336/.355 batting line during this 12-game span.

ERROR ZONE – After making five errors in their series with Mississippi from May 22-26, Jacksonville went a season-long seven games in a row from May 28-June 3 without committing a miscue. McKenzie Mills’ pickoff error on Tuesday halted that run, but the Jumbo Shrimp have now gone 74 frames in a row without a fielding or throwing miscue.

ROSETTA STONE – Jacksonville outfielder Stone Garrett mustered just one hit in 17 at-bats (.059 average) in six games from May 15 through May 22. After a day off on May 23, the Richmond, Texas native laced a double and a triple on May 24 in Mississippi, catapulting himself on a hot streak. Including that contest against the Braves, Garrett is slashing .302/.333/.605 with a double, three triples, two home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored in his last 11 games. Of the 99 Southern League hitters with at least 100 plate appearances this season, Garrett owns the circuit’s fourth-highest line drive rate (27.3 percent). However, the 23-year-old has also posted the league’s third-highest swinging-strike rate (22.6 percent).

WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – 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 38 games. During this stretch, Jacksonville starters have combined for a 2.77 ERA (69 ER in 224.1 IP). Jumbo Shrimp starters have walked 63 (2.5 BB/9), fanned 182 (7.3 K/9) and yielded 182 hits (7.3 H/9).

FANTASTIC FOUR – Jacksonville fell to Pensacola 7-5 on Tuesday, but the Jumbo Shrimp did surpass the four-run marker for the 11th time in the last 16 games. 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 19-5. However, the Jumbo Shrimp have plated three runs or fewer in 34 of their 58 contests, and the club has posted just a 4-30 record in those affairs. Jacksonville had won their last 17 games when tallying at least four runs in a contest before losses on both Monday and Tuesday.

SHRIMP SKEWERS – With one more loss at Pensacola, Jacksonville will snap a two-series winning streak and also be eliminated from the chase for the first half Southern Division title… The Shrimp’s 33 runners caught stealing ranks second in Double-A.

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