The Jumbo Shrimp (15-25) return home for 10 games over the next 11 days at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Shrimp are coming off a series loss (3-2) at Mobile, falling in games four and five, 4-3 and 9-1. Still in search of a road series win in 2017, Jacksonville is much better at home with a 7-8 mark. Jax hosts the Mississippi Braves (21-18) beginning Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.
- Jacksonville ended its six-game slide with a 3-1 win Sunday over Mobile. All six losses came by three runs or less. Left-handed starter Matt Tomshaw earned his fourth win (4-1) while dropping his ERA (2.14) into the Southern League’s top-10. Tomshaw worked 6.2 innings with one run off six hits. He has gone at least five innings in all eight starts.
- Surprisingly, the Jumbo Shrimp’s six-game losing streak is not the team’s longest this season. The Bold City squad struggled through an eight-game slide, when they dropped two to Chattanooga, all five at Pensacola and one to Birmingham in April. Jacksonville has put together win streaks of four and three games.
- Back to the positives, Jax made it back-to-back wins following a dramatic ending at Hank Aaron Stadium late Tuesday. A tie game at two in the ninth inning with two outs made for a strong finish, headline and lede. Alex Glenn hit a two-run homerun – his second HR of the year, with both coming against his former Mobile (17-23) squad – over the right field wall.
- The Jumbo Shrimp announced five roster moves early Monday. One notable being catcher Chris Hoo who was placed on the disabled list – the third time this spring – with a right wrist contusion. Hoo has played in only three games for Jax going 0-for-7. Left-handed reliever Raudel Lazo was released by the Marlins organization. He made four appearances with 3.2 innings of work for 2017.
- Jacksonville welcomes the Mississippi Braves, who are a half-game back of Pensacola in the SL South, for a five-game series from Thursday to Monday. The Braves – one of the better SL road teams – has some good Double-A talent that will continue to move up the ranks. Kolby Allard, the 14th overall pick from 2015, is 4-1 over eight starts with a whopping 1.23 ERA. At 19-years-old, he is already the Braves third-best prospect and is on track to be in the bigs before he can legally drink. Another teenage stud is center fielder Ronald Acuna, who had a stretch of two or more hits in seven of eight games at one point. Promoted from High-A ball early last week, Acuna has been embarrassing opposing pitching. The way he is playing, this might be your lone chance to see the youngster in Double-A.