The Jumbo Shrimp made plenty of noise in the first home series of the 2017 season, with record-setting crowds including long lines for concessions and team gear. It was a clear sign the name change from Suns to Jumbo Shrimp is and will be a brilliant financial move.
- It was the largest-attended home series in the 15 years of the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The 41,276 fans over the five home games leads all of Double-A baseball. The opening night sellout of 10,477 on Wednesday night is the largest opening night crowd since the ballpark’s first-ever game on April 11, 2003. Could anyone have expected attendance numbers like that?
- Hope you were able to catch one of the home games and be a part of history, where the Jumbo Shrimp took the first three games over the Chattanooga. The Lookouts won Saturday and Sunday, 10-1 and 1-0. Jax (5-5) is away for 10 straight games with five in a row at Pensacola. These start times – Monday to Friday – will be 7:35 p.m. eastern.
- Reliever Jarlin Garcia became the first Jumbo Shrimp player to be called up to the big leagues. The left-handed pitcher was recalled to the Miami Marlins. He was sent up May 15 last season for five days but did not pitch in the majors. Garcia, a top-five prospect for the Marlins, made three relief appearances for the Jumbo Shrimp. He worked three innings with a 0.00 ERA. Garcia made two apps for the Marlins against the Mets on Friday and Sunday. He combined for 2.1 IPs, with one strikeout, one walk and no hits allowed.
- Injuries always occur in sports, and the Jumbo Shrimp could not avoid them last week. Left fielder Austin Dean was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a right wrist sprain. In a corresponding move, catcher Chris Hoo was reinstated from the DL. He began the season there with a left thumb bruise. After only a day with the Jumbo Shrimp, relief pitcher Ryan Beckman was placed on the DL with a right shin contusion. The RHP Beckman, who started the year with Triple-A New Orleans, allowed five runs on four hits with four walks on Saturday night.
- The Pensacola Blue Wahoos – a squad that changed its team name for the 2012 season due to a relocation – has been the class of the Southern League’s South Division as of late. They have won the last three South Division half season titles. The Cincinnati Reds are a ways off from competing in the NL Central, but own a top-10 farm system and have gone hard after the Cuban market. Seeing the Blue Wahoos (7-3) in Jacksonville from June 14-18 will be a must.