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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp: Game Notes, August 24 vs. Mobile

August 24, 2019 - Southern League (SL) - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp News Release

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp host the Mobile BayBears in Saturday's 6:35 p.m. contest from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The first 1,999 fans (one bobblehead has to be saved for Scampi) through the gates on Saturday will receive a Scampi bobblehead courtesy of Community First Credit Union. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the game for a special Saturday night fireworks show. The Jumbo Shrimp are partnering with the Jacksonville Icemen to wear specialty Frozen Shrimp hockey jerseys and hockey socks. A silent auction for these jerseys will be held during the game behind Section 106. The auction will conclude on the final out of the fifth inning. On 76© Gas Fill Up The Park Night, fans can stop by their nearest participating 76© station and fill up with eight (8) gallons of gas or more and then bring their receipt inside to receive a voucher for two (2) General Admissions tickets to see the Jumbo Shrimp on Saturday.


Jumbo Shrimp starter Kolton Mahoney worked seven strong innings on Friday, but Jacksonville was shut out 1-0 by the Mobile BayBears. The only run of the game came in the top of the first inning. A Jordan Zimmerman RBI ground out plated Bo Way to give the BayBears a 1-0 advantage. Mobile starter Zack Kelly ceded just two hits in 6.2 innings, striking out eight against one walk. Jesus Castillo recorded the final four outs for his second save. Mahoney surrendered just one run on five hits in his seven frames. He struck out seven against two free passes.


Jacksonville fell 1-0 to Birmingham on Friday, the Jumbo Shrimp's 25th shutout loss of the season. That total not only leads Minor League Baseball by a wide margin (High-A Jupiter, also a Marlins affiliate, is second with 20), but it also ties a Southern League record set by Asheville in 1970 for the most blankings in one season. The Jumbo Shrimp, who were also zeroed on Thursday in Birmingham, have endured back-to-back shutouts on four different occasions in 2019. Heading into play on Saturday, Jacksonville has not scored a run in 18 consecutive innings.


With just 10 games to play in the regular season, Jacksonville is tied with Pensacola for second place in the South Division, trailing Biloxi by 2.0 games. Because the Shuckers and Blue Wahoos only have nine contests remaining in their slate, the Jumbo Shrimp will have to finish at least a half-game ahead of each club to earn their second playoff appearance in three years. Thus, Jacksonville needs three more wins than Biloxi and one more than Pensacola over the season's final 10 games to win the South Division's second-half title.


Buoyed by strong pitching throughout the season, the Jumbo Shrimp offense has been given a bigger margin of error by not needing to score huge quantities of runs to win games. In fact, Jacksonville has won each of its last 27 of its last 28 contests when hitting the four-run marker. On the season, when the Jumbo Shrimp tally at least four scores, the club is a sterling 47-7 (.870).


Jacksonville faces a 2.0-game deficit with 10 to play in the South Division, but the club can only look at its lack of success against a woeful Mobile team to find itself in this predicament. The BayBears, who have the Southern League's worst overall record at 48-79 (.378), have gone 9-7 against the Jumbo Shrimp this season, despite getting outscored by Jacksonville 62-50. The Jumbo Shrimp have collectively hit .214/.292/.294 (.586 OPS) against the BayBears' pitching staff, which ranks last in the circuit in walks (446) and second-to-last in runs allowed (593), ERA (4.11), hits (1,067) and batting average against (.258).


Jacksonville's season-best nine-game errorless streak ended on August 13, but the club has still boasted a strong defense through virtually the entirety of the 2019 season. Because errors are subjective in nature and only penalize fielders who actually reach balls in play, perhaps the best introspection of a club's defense in the minor leagues is its defensive efficiency, a simple measure of how often a team turns batted balls put into play against it into outs. Jacksonville boasts a .723 defensive efficiency that not only leads the Southern League, but it would also place in a tie for third in the major leagues.


Jacksonville had mustered just 41 home runs in 109 games all season going into play on August 1, tied with Tennessee for the second-fewest such total out of the 120 full-season teams in Minor League Baseball. Since then, however, the Jumbo Shrimp have bashed 18 home runs in 21 games, a figure that ranks fourth in the Southern League and tied for 14th in Double-A. Of those 18 long balls, seven have been struck by Lewin Diaz, five have been hit by Stone Garrett and Jazz Chisholm has smacked three. Bryson Brigman, Joe Dunand and J.C. Millan have collected the other three Jacksonville bombs.


Jacksonville has lost four of its last six games heading into play on Saturday... Josh Roeder, who takes the ball on Saturday against Mobile, is making his first start since July 22, a span of more than a month.

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