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Game 15: Jumbo Shrimp at Tides

Thursday, May 20, 2021–12:05 p.m.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (10–4) at Norfolk Tides (3–11)

Harbor Park — Norfolk, Va.

GAME INFO:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp won their sixth game against the Norfolk Tides last night. The win was a result of a big third inning in which the Jumbo Shrimp scored four runs. Eddy Alvarez started the scoring off with an RBI single. A couple of batters later, Brian Navarreto cleared the bases with a three-run double to give Jacksonville a 5–2 lead. It would also be the last scoring play of the ballgame.

The Jumbo Shrimp bullpen did a great job at limiting Norfolk’s chances after Jacksonville reclaimed the lead in the third inning. Parker Bugg, Zach Thompson, and Brett Eibner combined to pitch five innings and only gave up two hits.

Today the Jumbo Shrimp have a quick turnaround with a 12:05 first pitch. This will be Jacksonville’s second day game of the season. The first day game was a 10–7 win over the Tides on May 5. The Jumbo Shrimp were supposed to play a day game against Durham on May 12, but that game was postponed due to rain.

Zach Thompson pitched two innings last night, struck out three batters, and earned his second hold of the season. (Justin Nedrow/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)

MEET THE TIDES:

Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Tides enter with a 3–11 record and are in last place in the Southeast Division.

Norfolk is managed by Gary Kendall, who returns for his second season with the Tides. Before joining the Tides in 2019, Kendall was the manager for the Bowie Baysox for eight seasons, setting the franchise managerial record for career wins at 570. Kendall led the Baysox to three postseason appearances, including the franchise’s lone Eastern League Championship in 2015.

Norfolk, like Jacksonville, is a very big Navy town, which is why the regular season series between these two teams has been dubbed “The Navy Town Showdown.” The winner of the series will receive a ship’s bell as a trophy. Jacksonville leads the series the 6–2.

At the start of the season, the Tides were home to six of the top 20 prospects in Baltimore’s farm system including Keegan Akin, who led the International League in strikeouts in 2019. Since the opening series between Norfolk and Jacksonville, Akin and outfielder Ryan McKenna have been called up to Baltimore.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

LHP Daniel Castano (0–1, 11.25 ERA)

Daniel Castano will make his second start for the Jumbo Shrimp today. The Marlins acquired the 26-year-old lefty in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017. This is Castano’s second stint with Jacksonville. In 2019, he pitched in 18 games for the Jumbo Shrimp, compiling a 7–2 record with a 3.35 ERA. In 2020, Castano was called up to the Marlins to pitch during the shortened season and continued to pitch for Miami at the start of this year. In total, Castano pitched in 11 games for the Marlins, compiling a 1–4 record with a 3.83 ERA. Castano made his first start for Jacksonville last week against the Durham Bulls. He pitched four innings and gave up five runs on six hits in a losing effort. Castano has four pitches in his arsenal consisting of a fastball, slider, changeup, and sinker.

LHP Alex Wells (0–2, 14.29 ERA)

Alex Wells gets the start for Norfolk today. The lefty from Newcastle, Australia, is №19 on the Orioles’ Top Prospect list according to MLB.com and has many people in the Baltimore organization excited. Wells has three main pitches in his arsenal: a fastball, changeup, and curveball, and will sometimes throw a slider to right-handed batters. He spent the entire 2019 season with the Bowie Baysox, where he pitched in 24 games compiling an 8–6 record with a 2.95 ERA. Wells pitched against Jacksonville in the final game of the opening series. In just two innings of work, he let in five runs on seven hits. The Jumbo Shrimp went on to win the game 9–7.

If he makes it to The Show, he will be only the third player from Australia to play for the Orioles after John Stephens and Damian Moss.

LINEUP:

  1. Monte Harrison, DH
  2. Jorge Alfaro, C
  3. Jesús Sánchez, RF
  4. J.D. Osborne, 1B
  5. Eddy Alvarez, 3B
  6. Brian Miller, LF
  7. Luis Marte, SS
  8. Corey Bird, CF
  9. Bryson Brigman, 2B

News from the Troupe:

  • Jesús Sánchez went 4-for-5 in last night’s game, making him 9-for-10 in games on Wednesdays, which is the best in Triple-A East.
  • At 10–4, Jacksonville is off to its best start to a season since 2004, and have sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

FISH FAMILY

Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (6–8) at Daytona Tortugas (7–7) @ 7:05 p.m. ET

High-A: Beloit Snappers (7–7) at Cedar Rapids Kernels (7–7) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Rocket City Trash Pandas (8–6) at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (7–7) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: Miami Marlins (19–23) at Philadelphia Phillies (22–21) @ 7:05 p.m. ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s games will be broadcast on the following platforms:

Online Stream: MiLB.TV

Phone/Tablet: ESPN690.com, JaxShrimp.com, MiLB First Pitch App

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