Jumbo Hooks: Drop Rubber Match at Pensacola

The Jumbo Shrimp (24-31) took the Blue Wahoos to a rubber match on Saturday.  However, Pensacola (31-24) stays hot with an 11-6 victory on a rainy weekend night.  Jacksonville is now 0-6 in road series this season and have fallen in four road rubber games.  The Jumbo Shrimp look to shake off a season-high seven errors in Saturday’s loss.  The Bold City squad returns to the Baseball Grounds for a 6:35 p.m. series opener with the Montgomery Biscuits (30-25) on Sunday.

  1. Mike Kickham was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his 12-strikeout game last week.  Even though he did not record the win, his dominant start against the Jackson Generals included a career-high in strikeouts and only allowing three hits over his 6.2 scoreless innings.  The left-handed Kickham credited his battery mate Austin Nola for calling a good game and the cutter working for him early in the outing.  In May, Kickham has gone 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA and 31 Ks in 31.2 IPs.  With a month like that, it is clear why he pitched in two seasons with the San Francisco Giants back in 2013 and 2014.  Kickham earned a victory over Pensacola on Friday with seven innings of work.  He allowed only one run off four hits while walking one and striking out four.
  2. In the first game at Pensacola on Tuesday night, the Jumbo Shrimp were blanked 6-0 at Blue Wahoos Stadium.  The last time Jax was shut out happened to be on April 21 in Pensacola, 2-0.  Jacksonville catcher Austin Nola collected two of the team’s three hits that night.  Nola, who played with the Suns in 2014 and half of the 2015 season, stretched his hit streak to six games.  It’s been his most consistent portion of the year.  However, the 28-year-old Nola has recorded spurts of five and six hits over two separate three-game stretches before this.
  3. Last Monday, Scott Manze and Richard Miller filled in on 1010XL and had Roger Hoover, the Voice of the Jumbo Shrimp, as a guest.  Hoover said Alex Yarbrough has been playing the best for Jacksonville.  He had a four-hit performance and the go-ahead solo homer in the 9th to lift the Shrimp over the Wahoos 9-8 on Wednesday.  Jax trailed in that game twice by scores of 6-1 and 8-4.  It was easily Yarbrough’s most impressive outing of 2017 with 9 total bases.  He has 10 other games with two hits.
  4. Jacksonville shortstop KC Serna went back-to-back games with first inning solo home runs.  In his fourth year at either the Triple-A or Double-A level, Serna has four homers this season.  Brian Anderson was hot for the Jumbo Shrimp in the fourth game at Pensacola.  The Jax third baseman went 3 for 5 with four RBI and gave the Shrimp an insurmountable 7-0 lead with his two-run blast to left field in the 7th inning.  Over the last three games versus the Blue Wahoos, the 24-year-old Anderson compiled six hits and three runs.  On June 1, the Miami Marlins recalled pitcher Jeff Locke, who made a pair of starts with Jacksonville.  Locke started against the Arizona Diamondbacks that same day.  He worked 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts, threw 80 pitches while allowing one run and three hits.
  5. The Jumbo Shrimp host the Montgomery Biscuits – the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays – from Sunday to Thursday this week.  Monday night is Jacksonville’s version of Bark in the Park, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. to the Baseball Grounds.  Keep up with all of the week’s promotions here.  Jacksonville and Montgomery face off for the first time this year.  The Biscuits have a handful of top-30 Tampa Bay prospects.  Enjoy some fun baseball and delicious Shrimp items on the First Coast!!
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