The Jumbo Shrimp and the Baseball Grounds had a homestand to remember to open the month of July. Jacksonville (7-4) took five of six games from the Mobile BayBears (5-6). The Shrimp were able to prosper with new additions Braxton Lee and catcher Rodrigo Vigil along with starter David Vidal back in the lineup. Strong starting pitching allowed Jacksonville to string together a six-game win streak, the team’s second-longest this season. The Jumbo Shrimp won seven straight back in May.
- It did not take much time for center fielder Braxton Lee, newly acquired in a trade between the Marlins and Rays, to make his impact felt on the First Coast. Lee was named Southern League Player of the Week for June 26 to July 2. Four of his first five games with the Jumbo Shrimp he had multi-hit outings. Lee – Jacksonville’s third player to be honored with a 2017 weekly award – has hit lead-off and started in center field. Jax went 5-0 in his first five games. In those first five, Lee went 11 for 20 with five runs and six others knocked in. His three hits and three RBI propelled the Jumbo Shrimp to a 6-3 win in the series’ second game.
- Monday’s sellout crowd of 11,398 marked Jacksonville’s largest crowd since July 3, 2008. The Jumbo Shrimp have had three 10,000-plus crowds this season, which tied for the most in a single season with 2008. In the past two seasons, Jacksonville has had four games of 10,000 or more in attendance. Not only is that more than the previous seven seasons combined, but the four games are the top-four largest attendances for a Southern League contest in 2016 and 2017. The new ownership is doing a bang-up job. The Jumbo Shrimp have 29 regular-season home games remaining.
- Outfielder Austin Dean returned to Jacksonville from his minor league rehab assignment with the GCL Marlins. He was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist on April 15. In just six games before his injury, Dean had six hits and five runs batted in. The corresponding move had OF Jeremias Pineda released by the Marlins organization. He played in 65 games for Jacksonville. On Monday, Austin Dean went 2 for 3 with a walk.
- Two Jumbo Shrimp were selected last Thursday to play in Sunday’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Third baseman Brian Anderson and relief pitcher Tayron Guerrero will suit up July 9 at Marlins Park in Miami. Anderson, who has been a minor league all-star the past three seasons, is the No. 3 prospect in the Marlins organization. Anderson will represent the United States squad and Guerrero will play for the World Team. Guerrero, who has taken the mound in 13 games for Jacksonville, pitched for his native Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
- The Montgomery Biscuits (5-6) will be the next opponent for Jacksonville. The Jumbo Shrimp hosted the Biscuits – 37-33 in the first half – from June 4-8. Jax dropped those first four games before taking the series finale 1-0. This will be the first time the Biscuits host the Shrimp at the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.