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Game 21: Bulls at Jumbo Shrimp

Thursday, May 27, 2021–7:05 p.m.

Durham Bulls (14–6) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (13–7)

121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, Fla.


The Jumbo Shrimp was unusually quiet last night against the Durham Bulls in a 3–0 loss. Jacksonville only registered two baserunners yesterday, with only one of them as a result of a hit. The Jumbo Shrimp have now lost three games in a row, which is the longest losing streak of the season.

However, on the bright side for Jacksonville they only gave up three runs to one of the most potent offenses in Triple-A East. Starter Daniel Castano tossed the team’s second quality start of the season, pitching six innings and only giving up two runs. The Jumbo Shrimp bullpen also returned to what they looked like in the previous series against Norfolk, only allowing one run on two hits in three innings. Jesús Sánchez made two great defensive plays, throwing out both a runner at home and a runner at third from right field.

Luis Madero will make his second start for Jacksonville tonight. (Justin Nedrow/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)


Durham is the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bulls enter with a 14–6 record and are second in the Southeast Division.

Durham is managed by Brady Williams, who returns for his second season with the Bulls. Williams has spent his entire managerial career in the Tampa Bay Rays system, with stops in Hudson Valley, Bowling Green, Charlotte, Montgomery and now Durham. In his 11 seasons as a minor league manager, Williams has only had two losing seasons.

The Bulls lead all of Triple-A East in home runs this year with 38. They have nine more dingers than the next team in the league.

With 36 games between the clubs on the 2021 schedule, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Durham Bulls have cooked up the Surf & Turf Series. As opposed to the traditional first place trophy or championship ring, the result of the series will boil down to the losing team being forced to give away t-shirts with the winning team’s logo during a series in 2022. This will mark the first instance in Minor League Baseball history that a team will be giving away merchandise with an opponent’s logo on it. The series is tied right now at 4 games a piece.

Durham is home to seven of the top 20 prospects in Tampa Bay’s farm system, including Wander Franco, who is the consensus №1 prospect in all of baseball. Taylor Walls, who played in all six games against the Jumbo Shrimp in the last series, has been called up to the Rays.


RHP Joe Ryan (1–2, 5.94 ERA)

Joe Ryan will make his fifth start for the Durham Bulls tonight and his third start against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Both of Ryan’s losses came against Jacksonville in their previous meeting in Durham two weeks ago. In his most recent game against the Jumbo Shrimp, Ryan pitched 2.2 innings and gave up six runs off six hits. Ryan is the №12 prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays according to A former water polo player, Ryan attributes his successes in pitching to learning how to finish throws in the pool. His most dominant pitch is a fastball that ranges from 92–96 mph and has the ability to “hop” on its way to the batter.

RHP Luis Madero (3–0, 0.93 ERA)

Luis Madero will make his second start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Madero’s first start for Jacksonville was last week at Norfolk. Madero pitched a scoreless five innings and struck out eight batters earning himself the win. Madero’s other two wins for the Jumbo Shrimp came as a reliever earlier in the season. Madero also has pitched for Miami this season, making his MLB debut on May 10. In that game, Madero entered the game as a reliever and tossed two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.


  1. Brian Miller, CF
  2. Bryson Brigman, 2B
  3. Jesús Sánchez, RF
  4. Deven Marrero, 3B
  5. Corey Bird, LF
  6. Santiago Chavez, C
  7. Connor Justus, SS
  8. Brian Navarreto, DH
  9. Luis Arcaya, 1B

News from the Troupe:

  • The Jumbo Shrimp have dropped three games in a row. Their last four game losing streak was in June of 2019.
  • Luis Marte has been called up to the Miami Marlins.



Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Clearwater Threshers (9–11) at Jupiter Hammerheads (10–10) @ 6:30 p.m. ET

High-A: Peoria Chiefs (7–13) at Beloit Snappers (11–9) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (13–7) at Biloxi Shuckers (8–12) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 3 (25–26), Miami Marlins 2 (24–26)


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

Radio: ESPN 690 AM

Online Stream: MiLB.TV

Phone/Tablet:,, MiLB First Pitch App



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