Jumbo Hooks: Third Home Series

Following the Jumbo Shrimp’s only trip of 2017 to Smokies Stadium, the team will return to Jacksonville having dropped three of five to Tennessee.  Due to weekend rain, Sunday’s doubleheader was two 7-inning games.  Brian Anderson had a strong Sunday with a solo homer in the first game while adding another first-inning blast – this time a three-run shot to center – to guide the Shrimp (13-17) to a 3-0 fifth game victory.  Jacksonville will host the Biloxi Shuckers (14-16) Monday to Friday this week at the Baseball Grounds.  Four of the five game times are set for 7:05 p.m.  Wednesday will be a Business Person Special with a 12:05 first pitch.

  1. Prior to the series start at Tennessee, outfielder Isaac Galloway was called up early last week to Triple-A New Orleans.  In 10 games with Jacksonville, he hit .405 (22-for-42) with five doubles and three RBI.  Galloway hit safely in his first nine games playing for the Jumbo Shrimp.
  2. After a 2-1 loss to the Smokies on Wednesday that ended Jax’s league-leading four-game win streak, the Jumbo Shrimp bounced back with a five-run 9th inning in Game Two’s 6-2 victory.  A scoreless ball game through seven innings, the Bold City’s own came back from trailing 2-1.  Thursday’s comeback win is Jacksonville’s first when down after eight innings of play.  Shrimp starter Matt Tomshaw – a JU Dolphins product – got the no decision off seven scoreless innings, giving up six hits and no walks.  Tomshaw, who is in his third year with the Double-A organization, has 49 starts and 13 career wins with Jacksonville.
  3. The Bold City squad has been much stronger at home this season.  They are 7-3 at the comfy confines.  On the road, Jax has only six wins in 20 games.  Taking into account the Jumbo Shrimp have played the fewest home games of any Southern League team, they won 4 of 5 in the last Jax series and took 3 from Chattanooga the second week of the season.  Biloxi (14-16, one game ahead of Jax in the SL South) is one of the better road teams with a 9-6 mark.
  4. The Jumbo Shrimp’s promotional schedule for the third home series begins with Monday’s celebrity pregame tennis homerun derby at the Baseball Grounds.  It will also be Canines and Crustaceans (Jax’s version of Bark in the Park).  Game Two will be Miller Lite $2 Tuesday, and we cannot forget that this week has Thirsty Thursday.
  5. About the next opponent: Biloxi moved from the Huntsville Stars’ location in 2015.  It’s a good thing Biloxi took the moniker Shuckers because Shrimpers was one of the options in the running nearly three years ago.  Players to watch: Jacob Nottingham is the Brewers’ top catching prospect … Mauricio Dubon seems to be major-league ready with his glove at shortstop … Biloxi has a few arms that can make the bigs later this season.