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Game 2: Tides at Jumbo Shrimp

Wednesday, May 5, 2021–1:05 p.m.

Norfolk Tides (0–1) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (1–0)

121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, FL.

GAME INFO:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are coming off an 11–5 Opening Day victory over the Norfolk Tides last night. It was the Shrimp’s first Triple-A victory since 1968. The win also puts Jacksonville tied for first in the Southeast Division at 1–0. The Tides and the Shrimp have a quick turnaround for game two with a 1:05 first pitch.

Lewin Diaz is batting second for the Jumbo Shrimp today and will start at first base.

MEET THE TIDES:

Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Tides enter with 0–1 record and are tied for fourth in the 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.

With the loss, Norfolk is now 0–13 in their last 13 opening days. The Tides have also not been over .500 since August 30th, 2018. That is 979 days since Norfolk has had a winning record.

The Tides are home to six of the top 20 prospects in Baltimore’s farm system including Keegan Akin, who lead the International League in strikeouts in 2019.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Josh Rogers (0–0, 0.00 ERA)

Josh Rogers played two years of college ball with the Louisville Cardinals, where he was an All-ACC Second Team Selection in 2015. Following that collegiate season, he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 11th round. Rogers made his way to the Baltimore farm system via a trade in 2018. He pitched eight games in the majors with the Orioles between 2018–2019. On July 3, 2019, he underwent Tommy John surgery and has been rehabbing ever since. Rogers and the Orioles hope to get him back up to The Show as quick as possible.

Shawn Morimando (0–0, 0.00 ERA)

Another lefty starts for the Jumbo Shrimp as Shawn Morimando will toe the mound for the second game of the opening series. Morimando was acquired as a free agent in 2021. He had previously spent time in the Cleveland farm system and the Toronto farm system. Morimando spent the entire 2019 season with the Buffalo Bisons. He started 14 games for the Bisons, compiling a 2–5 record. This will be Morimando’s 10th season in Minor League Baseball.

LINEUP:

1. Monte Harrison, CF

2. Lewin Diaz, 1B

3. Eddy Alvarez, 2B

4. Jesús Sanchez, RF

5. Joe Dunand, SS

6. Brian Miller, LF

7. Luis Marte, 3B

8. Santiago Chavez, C

9. Corey Bird, DH

News from the Troupe:

  • Eddy Alvarez went 2 for 3 with two runs and two walks in yesterday’s opener. He was the only player to reach base four times last night.
  • Brett Eibner got the win for the Jumbo Shrimp last night, pitching 2.1 innings, not allowing any hits, and striking out one batter.
  • The Jumbo Shrimp’s 11 runs on Opening Day was the most runs scored by the team in the Jumbo Shrimp era.
  • Three new players will join the Jumbo Shrimp on Wednesday: Monte Harrison, J.D. Orr, and Tristan Pompey.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast in the following ways:

Radio: ESPN 690 AM

Online Stream: MiLB.TV

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

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