Jumbo Hooks: Shrimp Take Finale in Chattanooga

Photo: John Norwood Credit: Roger C. Hoover

Jacksonville (12-13) suffered more road woes as the Jumbo Shrimp dropped four games in Chattanooga (19-6).  The Bold City squad found some hope in storming back after being down 6-0 to snag the series finale 9-6 Monday.  With the Lookouts four wins, it pushed Jacksonville out of the South Division lead – only one game back of Pensacola – and Chattanooga now has an impressive four-game lead over the Tennessee Smokies, Jacksonville’s next opponent.  The 15-10 Smokies will be in town from Wednesday to Sunday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

  1. For the third time this season a Jumbo Shrimp was named Southern League Player of the Week.  Right fielder John Norwood earned the honor for the Week of July 10-16, announced by the league Monday.  During that week’s time, Norwood hit .370 (10-for-27) with three homers, five runs batted in and four runs scored.  Norwood, a top-30 prospect for the Marlins, is riding an eight-game hit streak entering the home series.  This week he was leading the Southern League in home runs, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
  2. Jacksonville would not be denied in the series finale.  After trailing Chattanooga 6-0 in the first two innings, the Jumbo Shrimp mounted its largest comeback of the year to win 9-6.  Jax had previously won two games after being down by five runs.  The five-run top of the fifth from the Shrimp tied the game briefly.  An inning later, Dustin Geiger cleared the bases with a double to provide the 9-6 lead and final score.  Sixteen hits and five Shrimp with multi-hit games will make Monday’s win over the Lookouts one of the most productive offensive games for Jacksonville this season.
  3. Jumbo Shrimp third baseman Brian Anderson was called up to Triple-A for the first time in his career.  On Saturday, the Marlins announced Anderson’s move to New Orleans.  Anderson – a mid-season Southern League All-Star – hit .251 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 87 games for Jacksonville.  The reigning Miami Marlins Minor League Player of the Year participated in the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Miami last Sunday.  Anderson had a double, triple and two runs in the series opener at Chattanooga.  David Vidal will take over the hot-corner duties with Dustin Geiger seeing some action there too.
  4. Homestand highlights open the week Wednesday with Date Night and Bark in the Park (Canines and Crustaceans).  Saturday is Negro League Night with the first 1,000 fans into the Baseball Grounds receiving a replica Negro League Jacksonville Red Caps jersey.  And free youth baseball clinics – ages 6 to 14 – will be held Friday and Saturday morning.  Registration is required.  For more information, learn all about it here.  It’s a great week to head to the ballpark!
  5. The Lookouts scored 27 runs in the five-game series against Jacksonville.  The Jumbo Shrimp – yet to win a road series in 2017 – struggled to get men across in the first four games.  Jacksonville stranded at least 10 in the four losses and a total of 43.  It will clearly be a challenge to replace Brian Anderson’s bat.  The Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, come to the First Coast in second place in the North Division.  Having won two series during a 10-game homestand, the Smokies are playing nearly as well as Chattanooga.  The Jumbo Shrimp and Smokies last played the first week of May when Tennessee took three games and the series was drenched with weather delays in Knoxville.  Follow the link for game times, pitching matchups and promotional details.