Game 60: Jumbo Shrimp at Bulls
Wednesday, July 14, 2021–6:35 p.m. ET
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (31–28) at Durham Bulls (41–18)
Durham Bulls Athletic Park — Durham, N.C.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Bulls utilized the home run ball again against Jacksonville in their 8–1 win over the Jumbo Shrimp. Durham hit three balls out of the park accounting for five of their eight runs. Josh Lowe hit two two-run dingers, one in the third inning and the other in the eighth inning, to put the game out of reach for Jacksonville. The lone Jumbo Shrimp run was scored in the third inning on a Lewin Díaz groundout that allowed Corey Bird to score. Bird was the one bright spot at the plate for Jacksonville, reaching base all three times with two singles and a walk. Nick Neidert struck out a season high six batters, but also allowed four runs on six hits, suffering his first loss of the season.
The Jumbo Shrimp enter tonight’s game down 1–0 in the series. Jacksonville is 1–3 in game-two’s after losing the series opener.
MEET THE BULLS:
Durham is the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bulls enter with a 41–18 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 89. Twenty-six of their dingers have come in their 19 games against the Jumbo Shrimp this season. Durham is second in all of Triple-A East in home runs. Omaha leads the league with 108 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 11–8.
Durham is home to three of the top 10 prospects in Tampa Bay’s farm system: Brenden McKay, Shane Baz, and Josh Lowe. McKay is currently on the injured list and is rehabbing with the FCL Rays right now. He has a 12–2 record and a 1.76 ERA in his career in the minors. Baz has started four games four Durham this season compiling a 1–0 record and a 1.42 ERA. He has 28 strikeouts in 19.0 innings of work and played for the American League in the Futures game a few days ago. Lowe leads the Bulls with 52 games played and slashing .299/.369/.558 with nine home runs.
LHP Brandon Leibrandt (0–2, 4.40 ERA)
Brandon Leibrandt will make his third start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Leibrandt was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014, and was picked up by the Marlins as a free agent before the 2020 season. He made his MLB debut in the shortened 2020 season on August 23, and pitched in five games for the Marlins. Leibrandt did not allow a run to score in his first four games over 7.1 innings of work. In 2021, Leibrandt was initially assigned to Miami’s Double-A affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He made seven starts for the Blue Wahoos and compiled a 2–3 record with a 6.61 ERA. Leibrandt joined the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the middle of June. His most recent start was July 8 against the Charlotte Knights. He tossed five innings and allowed four runs on four hits, receiving his second loss in Triple-A this year. Leibrandt has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, changeup, and a curveball.
LHP Dietrich Enns (4–1, 2.93 ERA)
Dietrich Enns makes his ninth start for Durham tonight, including his third start against Jacksonville. In his previous appearance against the Jumbo Shrimp on June 26, Enns pitched three innings in relief and allowed one run on four hits, earning his second win of the season. 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.
- Bryson Brigman, SS
- Deven Marrero, LF
- Isan, Díaz, 3B
- Lorenzo Quintana, 1B
- Zack Zehner, RF
- Lewis Brinson, DH
- Brian Navarreto, C
- Justin Twine, 2B
- Brian Miller, CF
NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:
- Trevor Rogers pitched one inning last night for the National League All-Stars. Rogers allowed two unearned runs to cross on two hits and struck out J.D. Martinez. He pitched in Jacksonville in 2019 going 1–2 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts.
- Monte Harrison was recalled to Miami from Jacksonville on Sunday, July 11. Harrison played 26 games with the Jumbo Shrimp this season and slashed .260/.324/.440.
TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS
Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:
Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (26–34) at Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (35–26) @ 7:00 p.m. ET
High-A: Quad Cities (39–20) at Beloit Snappers (28–33) @ 7:35 p.m. ET
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts (32–26) Pensacola Blue Wahoos (35–26) @ 7:35 p.m. ET
MLB: Miami Marlins — All-Star Break
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on the following platforms:
Online Stream: MiLB.TV
Phone/Tablet: ESPN 690.com, JaxShrimp.com, MiLB First Pitch App