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Game 71: Jumbo Shrimp at Knights

Tuesday, July 27, 2021–7:04 p.m. ET

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (38–32) at Charlotte Knights (26–44)

Truist Field — Charlotte, N.C.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp won their first series in 50 days last week against the Nashville Sounds. Jacksonville clinched the victory on Saturday and then closed out the series on Sunday with a convincing 5–2 win over the Sounds. The Jumbo Shrimp took an early 1–0 lead with a Corey Bird RBI single in the second inning. It was Bird’s 20th RBI of the season. Nashville added a run in the top of the third with a Luke Maile home run, and then took a 2–1 lead in the sixth with a Dustin Peterson RBI single. That is all the Sounds would score though. In the bottom half of the sixth, Jacksonville tied the game up when Maile was called for catcher interference with the bases loaded, giving Bryson Brigman a free pass to first base and forcing Bird to come in and score. Jacksonville took the lead in the next inning off a Zach Zehner solo home run to left field. The blast was Zehner’s third home run of the season. The Jumbo Shrimp added some insurance runs in the eighth inning when Lewin Díaz doubled to center field and brought home Tevin Mitchell and Brian Miller.

On the mound, Preston Guilmet, Colton Hock, and Sean Guenther each pitched a perfect inning in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings respectively, to give Jacksonville the win. Guilmet earned his second win of the season, Hock got his first hold of the season, and Guenther earned his first save of the season.

Zack Zehner scored the winning run in Sunday’s contest against the Sounds with a solo home run in the seventh inning. (Bill Moll/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)

GAME INFO:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will begin their third series of five total against the Charlotte Knights tonight. The Jumbo Shrimp are 7–5 in series openers this season. The Knights are 3–9 in series openers. The two teams have split the previous two series openers.

MEET THE KNIGHTS:

The Charlotte Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. They are located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and play their home games at Truist Field, which opened in 2014 and is located in Uptown Charlotte.

The Knights boast several of the White Sox top prospects, including right-handed pitcher Jonathan Stiever, and outfielders Blake Rutherford and Luis Gonzalez.

Stiever was drafted in the fifth round in 2018 out of Indiana University, and this season has struck out 74 in 59 innings, but his ERA sits at 6.41. He made his MLB debut for the White Sox in 2020, and appeared in one game for the South Siders this season as well.

Rutherford was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2016 draft out of Chaminade College Preparatory School (West Hills, Calif). In 2017, the Yankees traded Rutherford, Tyler Clippard, Ian Clarkin, and Tito Polo to the Chicago White Sox for David Robertson, Todd Frazier, and Tommy Kahnle. This season, Rutherford is slashing .242/.283/.375 with two home runs and 27 RBIs in 51 games played.

The Knights are skippered by former major league infielder Wes Helms, who is in his first season in Charlotte. He previously served as the bench coach of Double-A Birmingham in 2019, after one season in 2018 in the same season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies). Helms played 13 seasons in the big leagues, suiting up for the Braves, Brewers, Marlins, and Phillies.

The Jumbo Shrimp and the Knights will play 30 games against each of this season. Add that to the 36 games Jacksonville will play against Durham and Norfork, and the Jumbo Shrimp will play 102 games of their 130-game season against the same three teams. The other 28 games will be played against the other three teams in the Southeast Division. Jacksonville has played the other three teams once, and has a five game series against Memphis and Gwinnett at the end of the season as a part of Triple-A’s Final Stretch.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

RHP Nick Neidert (3–1, 2.37 ERA)

Nick Neidert will make his sixth start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Neidert’s last start for the Jumbo Shrimp came on July 13 against the Durham Bulls. He tossed 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on six hits in a losing effort. Neidert was recalled to Miami on July 21 and pitched five innings for the Marlins that night against the Nationals. The righty has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, changeup, and curveball.

RHP Alex McRae (2–5, 5.40 ERA)

Alex McRae will start his ninth game for the Charlotte Knights tonight. Earlier in 2021, Charlotte used McRae as a middle reliever, usually pitching between one and two innings in a game. This season, he has recorded two holds. However, the Knights are transitioning him full-time to the starting rotation. His last start was July 22 against the Durham Bulls. McRae tossed four innings, allowed three runs on four hits in a losing effort. McRae has also pitched two games for the Chicago White Sox this season in May. McRae has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, change-up, sinker, and curveball.

LINEUP

  1. Bryson Brigman, SS
  2. Brian Miller, RF
  3. Lorenzo Quintana, 1B
  4. Corey Bird, CF
  5. Joe Dunand, 3B
  6. Nick Fortes, C
  7. Zach Zehner, DH
  8. Tristan Pompey, LF
  9. Justin Twine, 2B

NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:

  • Nick Fortes will play his first game with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Fortes joined the team on July 25. He played 57 games with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, slashing .251/.338/.359.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

FISH FAMILY

Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (35–35) at Lakeland Flying Tigers (26–44) @ 6:30 p.m. ET

High-A: Beloit Snappers (31–41) at Peoria Chiefs (28–44) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Mississippi Braves (40–32) at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (37–35) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: Miami Marlins (43–57) at Baltimore (34–64) @ 7:05 p.m. ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’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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