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Shrimp & Grits

Game 45: Bulls at Jumbo Shrimp

Saturday, June 26, 2021–6:35 p.m.

Durham Bulls (30–15) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (25–19)

121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, Fla.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp lost to the Durham Bulls last night 5–1. Like the previous two games, Durham scored all of their runs in one inning. Last night, it was the fourth inning for the entirety of the Bulls’ offense. Mike Ford started the scoring off for Durham on a solo shot to right field. It was Ford’s second home run in just his fifth game for the Bulls. Nathan Lukes continued the scoring for Durham with an RBI single that brought in Dalton Kelly. The next batter, Tristan Gray, hit the second home run of the inning for Durham and made the score 4–0. Joseph Odom scored the final run for the Bulls on his own solo home run.

The Jumbo Shrimp’s lone run came in the ninth inning when Justin Twine hit his third homer of the season.

GAME INFO:

With the win, Durham ties the series at two games apiece. The winner of tonight’s game will clinch at least a split in the six-game series. The last time Jacksonville entered a Saturday game with the series tied at two was last week at Charlotte. The Knights ended up winning that game 13–7.

Justin Twine hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to prevent the Jumbo Shrimp from being shut out. (Joey Mims/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)

MEET THE BULLS:

Durham is the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bulls enter with a 30–15 record and are in first place 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 the Triple-A Southeast Division in home runs this year with 71. Twenty-two of their dingers have come off the Jumbo Shrimp this season. Durham is second in all of Triple-A East in home runs. Omaha leads the league with 90 home runs.

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. Durham leads the series 9–7.

Durham is home to six of the top 20 prospects in Tampa Bay’s farm system. Wander Franco, who is the consensus №1 prospect in all of baseball, was with the Bulls earlier this season, but was called up to the Rays on Sunday, June 20. In his debut, Franco went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at five.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

LHP Dietrich Enns (1–1, 3.30 ERA)

Dietrich Enns makes his seventh start for Durham tonight, including his third start against Jacksonville. In his previous start against the Jumbo Shrimp, Enns pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, gave up one hit, and struck out four batters. Enns has only allowed two hits in his last two starts against the Jumbo Shrimp. Enns was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays in August of 2020. Before joining the Rays, Enns had spent time in the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins’ organizations. Enns started one game in The Show for the Twins. He pitched 2.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits. Enns has three pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, curveball, and changeup.

RHP Nick Neidert (2–0, 1.13 ERA)

Nick Neidert will make his third start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight to kick off a rehab assignment. Niedert’s last start for the Jumbo Shrimp was May 13 at Durham, but his last appearance for Jacksonville was on May 18 at Norfolk. Niedert tossed six scoreless innings against the Tides earning his second win of the season after Elieser Hernández made a three-inning rehab start. Niedert was recalled to Miami on May 26 and started that night for the Marlins against the Phillies. He tossed four innings and allowed one run on one hit while striking out three batters. Unfortunately, the next day, Niedert was placed on the 10-day injured list with right biceps inflammation. Niedert is now back with Jacksonville and will begin his rehab assignment tonight. The righty has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, changeup, and curveball.

LINEUP:

  1. Brian Miller, CF
  2. Lewis Brinson, RF
  3. Lorenzo Quintana, 1B
  4. Chad Wallach, DH
  5. Isan Díaz, 3B
  6. Zach Zehner, LF
  7. Justin Twine, 2B
  8. Santiago Chavez, C
  9. Galli Cribbs Jr., SS

News from the Troupe:

  • The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have not committed an error in their last seven games, a season-high for the club. The longest streak in 2019 for the Jumbo Shrimp was nine games.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

FISH FAMILY

Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (22–24) at Bradenton Marauders (30–16) @ 6:05 p.m. ET

High-A: Quad Cities River Bandits (29–15) at Beloit Snappers (23–23) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (28–18) at Birmingham Barons (25–20) @ 7:30 p.m. ET

MLB: Washington Nationals (36–37) at Miami Marlins (32–43) @ 4:10 p.m. ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’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

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Odds, ends and insights about the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins

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