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Game 69: Sounds at Jumbo Shrimp

Saturday, July 24, 2021–6:35 p.m. ET

Nashville Sounds (41–28) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (36–32)

121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, Fla.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp swept yesterday’s doubleheader, winning both games in dramatic, walk-off fashion. Trailing 2–1 in game one, with Joe Dunand on first and two outs, Brian Navarreto launched his fifth homer of the year, and his first walk-off homer since 2017, to give Jacksonville a 3–2 win. Navarreto’s blast was Jacksonville’s second walk-off homer of the season, the first being Chad Wallach’s two run home run on July 10 to lift the Jumbo Shrimp to a 6–5 win over the Charlotte Knights. Corey Bird scored Jacksonville’s first run of the game on a solo home run in the second inning.

In game two, Jacksonville found themselves trailing 3–1 in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Brian Miller started a rally with a lead-off double, his 11th of the season. Then, Tevin Mitchell and Tristan Pompey both drew walks to load up the bases with nobody out for the Jumbo Shrimp. A couple batters later, Justin Twine smacked a triple right over Nashville’s center fielder Matt Lipka’s glove, bringing in three runs and giving Jacksonville a 4–3 lead. The next batter, Lorenzo Quintana, then followed with a triple of his own, scoring Twine and extending the lead to 5–3. This lead was not safe however. The Sounds came back in the top of the seventh inning, tying the game at five with a Zach Green two-RBI single. In the home half of the inning, Jacksonville loaded the bases up once again, this time with Bird and Bryson Brigman hitting singles and Quintana getting hit by a pitch. Zack Zehner then stepped up to the plate, and hit a Baltimore chop single over the head of the Sounds’ second baseman Pablo Reyes and brought home Bird to score the winning run.

Brian Navarreto hit a walk-off home run in game one to give Jacksonville a 3–2 win. (Andreea Cardani/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp).

GAME INFO:

With the win, Jacksonville leads the series 3–1 and clinches at least a tie in the series. If the Jumbo Shrimp win either tonight or Sunday, they will win their first series since the first week of June, snapping a six series winless drought. Jacksonville is 2–3 in Saturday games when leading the series three games to one.

For the third series this season, Jumbo Shrimp pitchers will be required to bat in the game. This is because Minor League Baseball’s rule about designated hitters this year is that teams are allowed to use them unless it is a matchup of two National League affiliates, which tonight’s matchup is, with Jacksonville being affiliated with Miami and Nashville being affiliated with Milwaukee. In the two previous series, Jumbo Shrimp pitchers as a unit batted .214 with three RBIs. Jacksonville is 11–5 in games when pitchers bat.

Tonight the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will wear their Jax Red Caps alternate jerseys in their annual salute to the Negro Leagues.

MEET THE SOUNDS:

Nashville is the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sounds enter with a 41–28 record and are in second place in the Southeast Division.

Nashville played in the Double-A Southern League from 1978–1984, the same time as the Jacksonville Suns. In 1982, the Suns and Sounds met the Finals, with Nashville beating Jacksonville three games to one.

The Sounds are managed by Rick Sweet, who returns for his second stint with Nashville. Sweet has been managing for 30 years, compiling a record of 2,207–2,095. Sweet managed the Sounds in 2014 to a 77–67 record. In 2015, Nashville and Milwaukee severed ties. The Sounds became the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, and the Brewers moved all of their players in coaches, including Sweet, to Colorado Springs, as the Sky Sox became the new Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers. Sweet managed the Sky Sox for four years, going 282–275. Milwaukee changed Triple-A affiliates again in 2019, partnering with the San Antonio Missions, and Sweet moved again. With the Missions, he went 80–60. At the start of the 2021 season, Milwaukee and Nashville partnered once again and Sweet is now back managing the Sounds.

The Sounds tied a franchise record earlier this season, winning 15 games in a row. The streak started May 18 with a 9–8 win over the Gwinnett Stripers. During the streak, Nashville outscored opponents 106–50. The streak ended on June 4 when they lost to the Charlotte Knights 1–0.

Zach Green hit a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh inning in game two to tie the game at five. Green was drafted by the Phillies in 2012. He signed a minor league contract as a free agent with the Brewers in December of 2020 and has played all of 2021 with the Sounds. This season, he has slashed .218/.306/.436 and has belted 13 home runs to go along with 47 RBIs.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

RHP Alec Bettinger (1–3, 3.24 ERA)

Alec Bettinger will make his ninth start for the Nashville Sounds tonight. Bettinger was drafted by the Brewers in 2017 out of the University of Virginia. Bettinger played all of 2019 with Milwaukee’s Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers, which included four starts against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. In those four appearances, Bettinger compiled a 2–1 record with a 4.13 ERA. He made his MLB debut earlier this year, starting against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 2. Unfortunately, the reigning World Series champs were seeing the ball well that day, and brought in 11 runs on 11 hits, forcing Bettinger to leave the game after just four innings of work. Bettinger has pitched three more games out of the bullpen for the Brewers this season. Bettinger has also started eight games for the Sounds, with the most recent one being July 18 against the Louisville Bats. Bettinger tossed six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits in a losing effort. Bettinger has five pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, curveball, cutter, slider, and changeup.

RHP Edward Cabrera (0–1, 12.00 ERA)

Edward Cabrera is making his second start for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Cabrera signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in 2015 and has been working his way up the farm system since, garnering recognition by Baseball America as the 72nd ranked prospect overall. In 2019, Cabrera split his time with High-A Jupiter and Jacksonville, going 4–1 with a 2.56 ERA with the Jumbo Shrimp. Cabrera started this season with an injury, which kept him out until June. He tossed two games for Jupiter before being brought up to Double-A Pensacola on June 15. On July 13, Cabrera was called up to Jacksonville. His first start for the Jumbo Shrimp was on July 18 at Durham. Cabrera tossed three innings and allowed four runs to score on four hits in a losing effort. Cabrera has three pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, and a changeup.

LINEUP

  1. Brian Miller, CF
  2. Bryson Brigman, SS
  3. Lewin Díaz, 1B
  4. Corey Bird, LF
  5. Brian Navarreto, C
  6. Justin Twine, 2B
  7. Joe Dunand, 3B
  8. Tristan Pompey, RF
  9. Edward Cabrera, P

NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:

  • Lewin Díaz will make his first appearance in the series tonight. In his last 20 games with Jacksonville, 15 of Díaz’s 18 hits have gone for extra bases, with five doubles and 10 home runs. That’s good for a slugging percentage of .707.
  • The Miami Marlins recalled Jumbo Shrimp lefty Braxton Garrett to make the start tonight against the San Diego Padres. He is 4–3 with a 4.41 ERA in Triple-A this season, in addition to making four appearances (three starts) with Miami.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

FISH FAMILY

Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Palm Beach Cardinals (25–43) at Jupiter Hammerheads (33–35), Game 1 will start at 4:00 p.m. ET, and Game 2 will start approximately 30 minutes after Game 1

High-A: Beloit Snappers (30–40) at Cedar Rapids Kernels (39–31) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (37–33) at Montgomery Biscuits (36–30) @ 7:05 p.m. ET

MLB: San Diego Padres (58–42) at Miami Marlins (41–57) @ 6:10 p.m. ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game 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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