Jacksonville Sports Day

JUMBO SHRIMP: Jacksonville Tops Lookouts 8-2; Sanchez Earns Fifth Double-A Win

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.  – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (44-52, 15-11) defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts (44-51, 8-18) by a 8-2 score in the first game of the four-game series at AT&T Field on Thursday night.

Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez (5-4) earned the victory, working six and a third scoreless innings where he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Chattanooga left-handed starting pitcher Packy Naughton (4-7) took the loss, working five innings where he allowed four runs (all earned) on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

With two outs in the top of the third, Bryson Brigman put Jacksonville in front 1-0 with an RBI double. Sanchez started a top of the fifth inning rally with a single, which led to a two-run single by Riley Mahan to make it 3-0, then Joe Dunand capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 4-0 Jumbo Shrimp.

Sanchez’s first six innings were scoreless before the Lookouts scored in the bottom of the seventh. Gavin LaValley hit a two-run double to make it a 4-2 contest, and he was the last batter Sanchez faced. Jacksonville added to its lead in the top of the eighth inning with an RBI groundout by Santiago Chavez to put the lead at 5-2. Jacksonville then began the ninth inning with four consecutive hits, including a two-RBI single by Dunand to grow the lead to 7-2, then an RBI single by J.C. Millan made it 8-2, which would be the final score.

Jacksonville’s offense collected a season-high 16 hits, with five hitters posting multi-hit games, led by three-hit performances from Brigman, Dunand, and Millan. Corey Bird was the only Jacksonville starter who did not record a hit, ending his hitting streak at 11 games.

The Jumbo Shrimp and Lookouts will continue the series with the second game of the four-game set at AT&T Field on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. Right-handed pitcher Kolton Mahoney (2-0, 2.98 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Chattanooga right-handed pitcher Tony Santillan (2-6, 4.98 ERA).

ROSTER MOVES: Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado has been reinstated from Miami’s injured list to the active roster and has returned from his rehab assignment with Jacksonville. Prado played in three games with Jacksonville where he hit .200 (1-for-5) with five walks. Additionally, infielder Justin Twine has been reinstated from Jacksonville’s injured list to the active roster. Twine, a 2019 Southern League Midseason All-Star, has played in 81 games this year with the Jumbo Shrimp hitting .240 with a home run and 27 RBI. In a corresponding move, right-handed starting pitcher Jorge Guzman has been transferred from Jacksonville’s active roster to the injured list, retroactive to July 17. Guzman is regarded by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins No. 10 prospect, and has made 19 starts for Jacksonville this season where he is 4-9 with a 4.04 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 104 and two-thirds innings.

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