Game 36: Tides at Jumbo Shrimp
Sunday, June 13, 2021–6:35 p.m.
Norfolk Tides (13–20) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (21–14)
121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, Fla.
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp won an exciting game last night on their first walk-off win of the season. The Jumbo Shrimp took an early 4–1 lead in the game, which was punctuated by a Jesús Sánchez HR that not only left the ballpark, but perhaps landed closer to TIAA Bank Field than to 121 Financial Ballpark. However as the game went on, Norfolk fought their way back and took a 6–4 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. With their backs against the wall, Corey Bird singled before Santiago Chavez hit a rocket over the left field wall to tie the game at six. Norfolk scored a run in the top of the 10th, but a great throw by Sánchez ended the inning and kept the damage to one run. In the bottom half of the inning, Lewis Brinson drew a walk and Sánchez hit a single to load the bases with nobody out. Deven Marrero then became the hero of the night, hitting a chopper single to center field to bring in two runs and win the game for the Jumbo Shrimp.
Tonight is the series finale between Norfolk and Jacksonville and the last game the two teams will play until August. If Jacksonville wins, the two teams will end a series in a tie for the first time in 2021.
MEET THE TIDES:
Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Tides enter with a 13–20 record and are tied for fifth in the Southeast Division with the Memphis Redbirds.
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 11–6.
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, although McKenna is now back in Triple-A and in the starting lineup tonight for Norfolk.
RHP Mickey Jannis (0–1, 2.75 ERA)
Mickey Jannis will make his first start of the season tonight for the Norfolk Tides. Jannis has been used as a middle reliever this season, pitching in six games this season. Jannis has pitched three games against the Jumbo Shrimp this season, most recently tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in the series opener on June 8. Jannis is most known for his knuckleball. Norfolk hopes that his knuckleball can confuse some Jumbo Shrimp batters tonight.
LHP Shawn Morimano (0–2, 6.75 ERA)
Shawn Morimando will make his sixth start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Morimando’s last start for Jacksonville was in the series opener on June 8 against Norfolk. He tossed 5.1 innings and gave up four runs off four hits in a losing effort. On the bright side, Morimando recorded 8 strikeouts, tying his season high. On May 22, Morimando was called up to the Marlins and pitched his first game for Miami on May 24 before rejoining the Jumbo Shrimp on May 30. Morimando has four pitches in his pitching arsenal: a four-seam fastball, a changeup, a curveball, and a slider, but relies most heavily on the heater.
- Lewis Brinson, CF
- Miguel Rojas, SS
- Jesús Sánchez, RF
- Deven Marrero, 1B
- Chad Wallach, C
- Lius Marté, 3B
- Zack Zehner, LF
- Santiago Chavez, DH
- Galli Cribbs Jr. 2B
News from the Troupe:
- Miguel Rojas will start a rehab assignment today with Jacksonville. Rojas last played May 27 with Miami when he dislocated his finger sliding back into first base on a pickoff attempt.
- Luis Marte is also back with the Jumbo Shrimp. He played one game with the Marlins on June 1.
TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS
Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:
Low-A: Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (19–16) at Jupiter Hammerheads (18–17) @ 12:05 p.m. ET
High-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels (17–18) at Beloit Snappers (16–19) @ 2:07 p.m. ET
Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (20–15) at Chattanooga Lookouts (20–14) @ 2:19 p.m. ET
MLB: Atlanta Braves (29–33) at Miami Marlins (29–35) @ 1:11 p.m. ET
Sunday’s games will be broadcast on the following platforms:
Radio: ESPN 690 AM
Online Stream: MiLB.TV
Phone/Tablet: ESPN690.com, JaxShrimp.com, MiLB First Pitch App