Jumbo Hooks: Mobile Trip after Home Sweep

The Jumbo Shrimp were swept in this week’s five-game series with the Biloxi Shuckers (19-16) at the Baseball Grounds.  In the first time Jax has been swept this season, Shuckers catcher Jacob Nottingham contributed a two-out RBI single in Friday night’s 9th inning to propel Biloxi to a 4-3 victory and a tie for first in the Southern League’s South Division with Pensacola.  Jacksonville (13-22) opens tonight’s road series in Mobile with an 8:05 p.m. first pitch.  RHP Serevino Gonzalez (0-2) will start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight.  Jax returns home to the Baseball Grounds on Thursday to face the Mississippi Braves.

  1. It is always difficult to come away with major positives following a sweep at home.  Jax’s David Vidal has the Southern League’s third-best batting average of .331.  He leads the league in hits (43) and doubles (11).  Vidal had six hits in the Biloxi series but four of them came in Friday’s game.  Second baseman Alex Yarbrough – a 2012 fourth-round selection from Ole Miss – has nine hits over his last seven starts.  He even went four straight starts with two hits in each.
  2. In Game Two’s 6-4 loss to the Shuckers, the Jumbo Shrimp received back-to-back inning home run contributions with catcher Austin Nola’s two-run shot to left – his first homer of the year – and right fielder John Norwood’s solo bomb at the Baseball Grounds.  Norwood has a team-high five dingers at home and six overall.  Those two homers gave Jacksonville 14 HRs over a 12-game stretch.
  3. Former Jacksonville right-hander Matt Ramsey recorded saves in the first two wins for Biloxi over Jacksonville.  The Shuckers closer leads the Southern League with nine saves, with six saves in his last seven outings.  Ramsey, 27, pitched in 26 games for Jacksonville during the 2014 and 2016 seasons.
  4. Jumbo Shrimp infielder KC Serna, on Tuesday, was transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans.  Over 16 games, Serna had four doubles with a batting average of .176.  On the flip side, the Jumbo Shrimp had RHP Esmerling De La Rosa called up from High-A Jupiter.  The 25-year-old reliever makes it a third consecutive season playing in Jacksonville.  With the Hammerheads, De La Rosa pitched in seven games with a 0.71 ERA and allowed only one earned run in his 12.2 innings of work.
  5. In the first series with Mobile (14-21), the Jumbo Shrimp took the last 4 of 5 at the Baseball Grounds.  The BayBears – coming off a series loss to the Mississippi Braves – have CF Forrestt AllDay, who has the 2nd-best Southern League batting average, and starting pitcher Jordan Kipper as key cogs.  Having lost seven of its last eight games, Jacksonville needs to string together a couple wins before returning to the First Coast for a 10-game homestand over an 11-day stretch.