Jacksonville Sports Day

Jacksonville’s Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped in Extra-Inning Loss to Tides

(Jonathon Gruenke/Daily Press)

NORFOLK, Va. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp came up short in a 4-3 loss to the Norfolk Tides in 11 innings in Sunday’s series finale at Harbor Park.

The Jumbo Shrimp (13-5) had their six-game winning streak snapped despite picking up a season-high 15 strikeouts on the mound. Jacksonville has now suffered two last-at-bat losses this season, with both coming to Norfolk (4-14) in extra innings.

Tied at 2-2 in the top of the 11th inning, Monte Harrison ripped a one-out double to the gap in left-center field to score Corey Bird and push Jacksonville in front at 3-2.

Brett Eibner (loss, 1-2) entered in the bottom of the frame with Mason McCoy serving as the inherited runner at second. A fielder’s choice bunt resulted in no outs and put runners on the corners. After walking Ryan McKenna to load the bases, Seth Mejias-Brean was hit by a pitch, plating the tying run. Austin Wynns then hit a chopper that went over the head of Eddy Alvarez at third base and into the outfield, plating the winning run for the Tides.

Early on, the game was a pitcher’s duel. Elieser Hernández made his second rehab start for Jacksonville, striking out eight over 4.2 scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter.

For Norfolk, Spenser Watkins did not allow a hit through six innings, surrendering a walk and an error, before being lifted at just 57 pitches.

Hunter Harvey entered for the Tides in the seventh on a rehab outing for Baltimore, and Alvarez, the second batter to face him, greeted him with a solo home run down the left field line to break the scoreless tie and put an end to the no-hit bid. Jesús Sánchez followed with a double, and Luis Marte singled, putting runners at the corners. Brian Miller then laid down a safety squeeze to score Sánchez and put the Jumbo Shrimp in front 2-0.

Jacksonville held that lead going to the bottom of the ninth. McCoy tripled to lead off the frame before scoring on a Ramon Urias RBI groundout one batter later to make it 2-1. McKenna was next, and on a 0-2 pitch, he lifted a home run to left-center field to tie the contest and force extras.

After a day off on Monday, Jacksonville will return home Tuesday to begin a six-game series against the Durham Bulls. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and gates open at 121 Financial Ballpark at 6 p.m.

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