Game 72: Jumbo Shrimp at Knights
Wednesday, July 28, 2021–7:04 p.m. ET
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (39–32) at Charlotte Knights (26–45)
Truist Field — Charlotte, N.C.
LAST TIME OUT:
Jacksonville entered the ninth inning up 5–4 and then scored nine more runs in the final frame to beat the Charlotte Knights 14–5 and win their fifth game in a row. Nick Fortes started the scoring off in the ninth with a two-run home run in his Triple-A debut, scoring himself and Corey Bird. Two straight walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bases up for Bryson Brigman, who worked a five-pitch walk and brought home the third run of the inning. Brian Miller then stepped into the box and on the first pitch of the at-bat slapped a single through the third baseman and shortstop to bring in two more runs and give the Jumbo Shrimp a 10–4 lead. After a strikeout, Bird stepped up to the plate as the 10th batter of the inning and drew a four-pitch walk to load up the bases once again. Joe Dunand was then clunked with a pitch, bringing in Jacksonville’s sixth run. Fortes was also hit by a pitch and a seventh run scored, giving the Jumbo Shrimp a 12–4 lead. Zack Zehner brought in the final two runs for the Jumbo Shrimp with an RBI single to right field. In total, 14 batters came to the plate for Jacksonville, four record hits, four drew walks, and three were hit by a pitch.
Jacksonville scored their other five runs off four RBI singles and one RBI fielder’s choice in the first eight innings of the game.
The Jumbo Shrimp have won five games in a row. Their longest winning streak this season is six, from May 14 to May 22. They can tie that record with a win tonight. The Jumbo Shrimp are 3–4 in games this season after winning the series opener.
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.
Jake Burger hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning last night to give the Knights a 2–1 lead. Burger was drafted 11th overall by the White Sox in the first round of the 2017 draft. Burger saw some action in 2017, playing with Chicago’s Rookie and Single-A teams, but then his career took a left turn. In February 2018, he ruptured his left Achilles tendon running out a grounder and then tore it again during rehab three months later. In 2019, Burger severely bruised his left heel, taking him out of action again. Then in 2020, COVID kept Burger from playing any professional ball for a third straight year. Opening Day of this season was Burger’s first professional baseball in over three years. This season has been good to Burger so far though. Besides hitting .326/.374/.611 at the Triple-A level, Burger made his MLB debut this year, going 2-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers.
The squad also boasts some major league talent, including Tim Beckham, who played six seasons in the big leagues for the Rays, Orioles, and Mariners.
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.
LHP Shawn Morimando (2–3, 5.19 ERA)
Shawn Morimando will make his 11th start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Morimando’s last start for Jacksonville was July 17 against Durham. He tossed six innings and gave up five runs on six hits. Morimando was acquired by the Marlins in 2021 when he signed on as a minor league free agent. Before joining Miami, Morimando spent time in the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays farm systems and played in the Australian Baseball League in 2020. 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.
RHP Jimmy Lambert (3–2, 5.13 ERA)
Jimmy Lambert will make his 13th start of the season for the Charlotte Knights tonight. His last start was July 21 against the Durham Bulls. He tossed 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs on four hits. Lambert was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2016 and has worked himself up the farm system. He made his debut last year for the White Sox in a game against the Minnesota Twins. Lambert has also made one appearance for South Siders this year against Cleveland, but gave up three runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings and suffered the first loss of his Major League career. Lambert has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, changeup, slider, and a curveball.
- Bryson Brigman, SS
- Brian Miller, CF
- Lorenzo Quintana, DH
- Zack Zehner, LF
- Joe Dunand, 1B
- Justin Twine, 3B
- Santiago Chavez, C
- Tristan Pompey, RF
- Devin Hairston, 2B
NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:
- Lewin Díaz hit a solo home run for the Marlins yesterday to give Miami a 5–1 lead. Before joining the Marlins, Díaz collected 19 hits for the Jumbo Shrimp in 22 games. Sixteen of those hits went for extra bases for a slugging percentage of .647.
TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS
Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:
Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (35–36) at Lakeland Flying Tigers (27–44) @ 6:30 p.m. ET
High-A: Beloit Snappers (31–42) at Peoria Chiefs (29–44) @ 7:35 p.m. ET
Double-A: Mississippi Braves (41–32) at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (37–36) @ 7:35 p.m. ET
MLB: Miami Marlins (44–57) at Baltimore (34–65) @ 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday’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