Jumbo Hooks: 10-game homestand

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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