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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Game Notes, June 12 at Birmingham

June 12, 2019 - Southern League (SL) - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp News Release

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp start a five-game series at the Birmingham Barons in Wednesday's 8:05 p.m. ET contest. RHP Kolton Mahoney (1-0, 3.94 ERA) starts for the Shrimp against Barons RHP Blake Battenfield (2-2, 5.81 ERA). Coverage begins at 7:50 p.m. on, Sunny 102.3 FM and TuneIn.


Bryson Brigman's walk-off single in the 11th inning on Tuesday netted the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp a 6-5 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits. With two runs in the first and one in the third, the Biscuits jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Jumbo Shrimp came back to tie in the fifth on RBI doubles from John Silviano and Santiago Chavez, as well as a Montgomery error. A Lucius Fox RBI single put the Biscuits ahead 4-3 in the sixth, but J.C. Millan banged an RBI double in the seventh to tie the score at four. In the 10th, Brett Sullivan's RBI double again put the Biscuits ahead. However, Brian Miller's run-scoring two-bagger knotted the tally at five. Brigman's walk-off single came in the 11th to seal the series finale for Jacksonville.


The Jumbo Shrimp have dropped seven of their last nine games to push their record to 25-40. Ironically, Jacksonville has finished with precisely 40 losses in each of their last four first halves (through 2015). However, one more loss would seal the club's worst first half in recorded club history, which dates through the 2005 campaign. Jacksonville's worst half in recorded club history came during the second half of last season, when they went 27-42 (.391).


In the first 20 games of the season, Jacksonville starting pitchers compiled a 3-13 record and 5.44 ERA over 91.0 innings. Jumbo Shrimp lid-lifters combined for 49 walks (4.8 BB/9), 89 strikeouts (8.8 K/9) and 91 hits allowed (9.0 H/9). However, the Jumbo Shrimp have seen some stellar starting pitching over the last 45 games. During this stretch, Jacksonville starters have combined for a 2.82 ERA (82 ER in 261.1 IP). Jumbo Shrimp starters have walked 76 (2.6 BB/9), fanned 217 (7.5 K/9) and yielded 213 hits (7.3 H/9).


Throughout every level in the history of baseball, nearly every team can expect to go about .500 in games decided by one or two runs. However, the Jumbo Shrimp have gone a combined 9-25 (.265) in games determined by two runs or fewer, including a stunning 0-12 in contests decided by precisely two tallies. In fact, Jacksonville has lost seven of their last nine affairs decided by no more than two runs.


Jacksonville right-hander Jordan Yamamoto was promoted Wednesday to the Marlins and will make his major league debut by starting Miami's 7:10 p.m. ET contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. After posting a 5.04 ERA through the month of April, the Honolulu native had made eight strong starts in a row. During that span, Yamamoto yielded 15 runs, 14 earned, on 37 hits in 45.1 innings for a 2.78 ERA. He posted 48 strikeouts against just 14 walks over this run. Yamamoto currently holds the 14th-lowest line drive rate (14.6 percent) among the 63 pitchers in the Southern League with at least 30 innings pitched.


Jumbo Shrimp catchers have been a crucial element to a strong defense throughout the 2019 season. The club's backstops have caught 39 men stealing, tops in Double-A and second in all of Minor League Baseball behind the Modesto Nuts' (High-A, Seattle Mariners) 40. Jacksonville's 43.8 percent caught stealing rate ranks fourth in Double-A. Individually, Santiago Chavez leads Double-A and places sixth in the minors with 23 runners caught stealing in just 41 attempts (56.1 percent).


Jacksonville outfielder Brian Miller has reached base at least once in 22 of his last 23 games, going 32-for-90 (.356/.408/.444) with six doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs and eight walks during this span. On the season, the Raleigh, N.C., native ranks in a tie for fifth in the Southern League with 64 hits. A former North Carolina Tar Heel, Miller is pulling the ball at a career-high 48.7 percent clip while going the opposite way a career-low 20.4 percent of the time, the fourth-lowest such mark of the 127 Southern League hitters with at least 70 plate appearances on the year.


Jacksonville infielder J.C. Millan went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs on Saturday, becoming the first Jumbo Shrimp player to register three extra-base hits in a game all season. Over his last 13 contests, Millan is a sizzling 17-for-48 with four doubles, one long ball and 11 RBIs for a .354/.426/.500 line. During these 13 games, the 23-year-old has seen his wRC+ rocket up from 25 to 91.

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