The Jumbo Shrimp (2-3 second half, 32-43 overall) took two road games to open the second half of the season against the Jackson Generals (3-2, 40-35). Three of the series’ matchups were two-run games. Jacksonville closed the series Monday with a 2-1 victory behind a strong start from Mid-Season All-Star southpaw Matt Tomshaw (7-4). The starting pitcher and former JU Dolphin worked six innings while allowing a single run off five hits. Southern League South Division All-Star right fielder John Norwood knocked in both of the Bold City’s runs. The Shrimp have an off day Tuesday before beginning a rare six-game set with the Mobile BayBears on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
- In his Double-A and Southern League debut Friday, Jacksonville starter Trevor Richards earned the victory over 5.1 innings with three runs scored off seven hits. The 24-year-old pitched in 13 games during the first half of minor league play with Jupiter. He exited Friday’s game with an 8-3 lead. Daniel Schlereth and Severino Gonzalez worked the final 3.2 innings to preserve a 9-4 victory.
- Following two successful Mondays of votes in the Baseball America LogoMania presented by New Era, the Jumbo Shrimp home cap lost yesterday to the Vermont Lake Monsters in the Final Four. Jacksonville – one of 36 teams in the bracket – made it to the semifinals along with Vermont, the New Orleans Baby Cakes and Norfolk Tides. We’re rooting on the Baby Cakes, the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate, in the LogoMania Championship. Vote here: https://t.co/mmpVJDm01v
- The Jumbo Shrimp had 11 team moves that altered their roster going into the second half. Left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Schlereth was bumped down from Triple-A. He had nine appearances with Jacksonville earlier this season. Relief pitchers Greg Nappo and Hunter Adkins were released by the Marlins organization last Thursday. RP Tyler Higgins (right back strain) came off the disabled list while right-handed starter Omar Bencomo was placed on the DL with a left quad strain. In two corresponding moves, the Jumbo Shrimp landed pitchers Jeff Kinley and Trevor Richards. For both it’s their first time at the Double-A level.
- Of course it is another strong homestand for promotions on the First Coast. The main attraction will be Sunday’s July 2 Independence Day picnic at the Baseball Grounds. The picnic packages include reserved seats and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Special additions of corn on the cob and apple pie will be served from 2 until 3:30 p.m. To learn more and make your reservations, follow the link. If Sunday does not work for you, Saturday is Vince Coleman Raines Bobble Head Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. Get there at least an hour early to wait in line.
- The Jumbo Shrimp will play its lone six-game series of 2017, their first home series for the second half of Southern League play. The Mobile BayBears (3-2, 33-41) closed the first half at the bottom of the South Division with Jacksonville. Mobile comes off a tight home series versus the Tennessee Smokies where the BayBears won the first three games. Three of the five games were decided by one run. Jax won the previous series at the Baseball Grounds when the Jumbo Shrimp took four of the five against Mobile in late April and the first day of May. Jax has gone 18-17 at home.
- Starter Mike Kickham suffered his first loss since April 25. Kickham (4-4) had a span of nine starts without a loss. His three runs allowed Saturday are the second-most he has given up in one game this season.
- Jumbo Shrimp starter Chris Mazza extended his scoreless inning streak to 21 innings after six scoreless frames Sunday. In his past three outings, he has given up no runs, 13 hits and five walks in 17.0 IPs.
- Entering Monday’s final game at Jackson, the Shrimp had not scored in 17 straight innings. That ended with Norwood’s RBI single in the first inning of the series finale.
- Jacksonville is 0-8 in road series this season. Six of those have been 3-2 series losses.
- The Miami Marlins acquired outfielder Braxton Lee from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade involving shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who played in two rehab games with the Jumbo Shrimp. Lee, who spent 67 games this year with Montgomery, leads the Southern League with a .321 batting average. With Lee’s move to Jacksonville, the Shrimp released outfielder Alex Glenn. Lee – a 2014 draft pick out of Ole Miss – was a Southern League North Division All-Star with the Biscuits. In one series against Jax, Lee went 3 for 16.