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RECAP: Vesia’s Walk-off Walk Caps Jacksonville Rally


Reliever works two scoreless innings then wins game at plate in 11th inning

JACKSONVILLE – Jumbo Shrimp reliever Alex Vesia worked two scoreless innings and then drew a walk-off walk in the 11th inning on Sunday to propel Jacksonville to a 4-3 victory over the Mississippi Braves from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Stone Garrett started on second base with the score tied at three in the bottom of the 11th. Anfernee Seymour doubled him to third before Mississippi (56-62, 23-26) elected to intentionally walk Adrian Nieto.

Braves reliever Kurt Hoekstra (1-2) then walked Vesia on four pitches to force in Garrett and win the game for Jacksonville (58-61, 29-20).

The Jumbo Shrimp trailed 3-0 when Seymour and Nieto began the bottom of the eighth with singles. After a pair of outs, Jazz Chisholm doubled in Seymour for Jacksonville’s first run.

With Jacksonville down 3-1, Riley Mahan walked to start the bottom of the ninth. Garrett then clubbed a two-run bomb to tie the score at three.

Vesia (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three, to earn the win in relief.

Trey Harris’ home run in the fourth inning put Mississippi ahead 1-0. The Braves added to their lead a frame later when Daniel Lockhart crushed a two-run shot.

Jacksonville opens up a five-game series in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. ET contest at Tennessee. RHP Kolton Mahoney (4-1, 2.63 ERA) makes the start for the Jumbo Shrimp.

LAST TIME OUT: Stone Garrett’s go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on Saturday spurred the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to a 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Braves. Lewin Diaz’s solo shot in the fourth inning carved a 1-0 lead for the Jumbo Shrimp. Garrett laced an RBI double in the sixth to make it 2-0. However, in the top of the seventh, Alejandro Salazar collected a pinch-hit two-run single to even up the tally. Garrett’s three-run blast answered in the eighth and Tommy Eveld struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save. Jumbo Shrimp starter Sixto Sanchez worked five scoreless frames, stretching his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 24.

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