Jumbo Hooks: Hot at Home

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp returned to its early home form taking the last four games over the Mississippi Braves (22-23).  After losing game one of the series 6-4 in which the Shrimp led 4-zip, Jax won its first Southern League series for the first time in the last four tries.  With one-run wins in games two and three, the Jumbo Shrimp (19-26) then turned up the offense with a 10-3 Sunday win and a 5-2 victory Monday afternoon.  The four-game win streak is Jacksonville’s second-longest of 2017.

  1. One week ago, Jacksonville had two left-handed relief pitchers called up to Triple-A New Orleans.  Greg Nappo, who pitched in eight games for the Jumbo Shrimp, held a 0.98 ERA over 10 innings of work.  Kyle Lobstein made three appearances out of the Jacksonville bullpen with seven strikeouts in six innings.  With the losses of Nappo and Lobstein to promotion, the Jumbo Shrimp added pitchers Andy Beltre and Daniel Schlereth.  The left-handed Schlereth – comes from High-A Jupiter – is the son of NFL analyst Mark Schlereth.
  2. Marlins LHP Jeff Locke made a rehab start for the Jumbo Shrimp last Friday at the Baseball Grounds.  In Jax’s 5-4 win, Locke provided 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, fanning seven batters and retiring eight straight Braves at one point.  He started two games for the Jupiter Hammerheads with an ERA of 1.00 and struck out 10 opponents in his nine innings.  Locke, a six-year major league veteran, is the second Miami Marlin to make a rehab start for Jacksonville this season.  He has been battling left biceps tendinitis since early in spring training.
  3. On Saturday, the Bold City’s own Shrimp won with a walk-off John Norwood solo home run over the left field wall.  Norwood, with his second walk-off HR in the last three weeks, gave Jacksonville its fourth straight walk-off victory at home 4-3.  An impressive 10-3 win Sunday provided Jax with its third home series win in four homestand tries.  At 11-9, the Jumbo Shrimp have the third-best home win percentage in the Southern League.
  4. Jacksonville’s fourth straight win, which is currently the longest in the league, came on Monday’s Education Day in front of 4,700 fans and more than a dozen local schools in attendance.  The Jumbo Shrimp open the second home series Wednesday night against the Jackson Generals (25-20) with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.  Jeff Locke will receive his second rehab start with the Jumbo Shrimp for the May 24 game.  Check out all of the week’s promotions at the Baseball Grounds here.
  5. The Jackson Generals come to Jacksonville for the first time as the Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A affiliate (who they have a four-year deal with going forward).  They had been associated with the Seattle Mariners from 2007 to 2016.  It is the only time the two Jacks- squads will play in the first half of the season.  These are the opposing players you should keep an eye on: right fielder Victor Reyes, shortstop Dawel Lugo and right-handed pitchers Taylor Clarke and Brad Keller.
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