Game 75: Jumbo Shrimp at Knights
Friday, July 30, 2021–7:04 p.m. ET
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (41–33) at Charlotte Knights (27–47)
Truist Field — Charlotte, N.C.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp split a doubleheader with the Charlotte Knights last night, winning the first game and dropping the second. In game one, Joe Dunand hit the second multi-home run game of his career, and first since August 15 of 2018, to lead Jacksonville to a 6–4 victory. Charlotte took a 3–1 lead through the first three innings, but then the Jumbo Shrimp started to fight back. Devin Hairston hit his first home run at the Triple-A level in the fourth inning, tying the game at three. The Knights responded, however, with a run in the bottom half of the inning and gained the lead again. In the top of the sixth inning, Dunand hit his first home run and tied the game at four. The next inning, he hit his second home run of the game, this time a two-run home run, and gave Jacksonville a 6–4 advantage. Tommy Eveld then took control of the mound and preserved the lead for the Jumbo Shrimp and earned his fourth save of the season.
Game two did not go so favorably for Jacksonville, however, losing 3–2. The Jumbo Shrimp got their two runs on a fielding error in the top of the third inning that allowed Zack Zehner to reach and Tevin Mitchell and Bryson Brigman to score, giving Jacksonville a 2–1 lead. The Knights tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with Laz Rivera getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing home Blake Rutherford. Yermin Mercedes then scored the winning run with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth.
This was the third doubleheader split for the Jumbo Shrimp this season, and they are now 7–5 in doubleheaders this year.
The Jumbo Shrimp are playing a seven-game series against the Charlotte Knights, with the seventh game being a makeup of a rainout on June 20. Jacksonville leads the series three games to one. With a win tonight, they will clinch their second series victory in a row, after going six straight series without a win.
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.
Yermin Mercedes hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of game two, scoring the winning run for Charlotte. Mercedes signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals in 2011. He then signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 and was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox in 2017. Mercedes made his MLB debut last year in the shortened 2020 season on August 2. Mercedes started the 2021 season with the White Sox and played 68 games for the Southsiders. Chicago optioned Mercedes to Charlotte on July 2 and he has seven home runs in just 21 games for the Knights.
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.
RHP Edward Cabrera (0–1, 4.15 ERA)
Edward Cabrera is making his third 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 most recent start was July 24 against the Nashville Sounds. Cabrera tossed 5.2 scoreless innings and struck out five batters. Cabrera has three pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, and a changeup.
RHP Mike Wright (6–3, 3.09 ERA)
Mike Wright is making his 14th start of the season tonight for the Charlotte Knights and his fourth start against the Jumbo Shrimp. Wright signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent in December of 2020 and was invited to Spring Training. While Wright did not make the Opening Day roster for Chicago, he was assigned to the alternate training site. Right before the minor league season started, Wright was sent to Charlotte and has been a mainstay in their rotation. In his three previous games against Jacksonville, Wright is 1–1 with a 4.71 ERA. His most recent start against the Jumbo Shrimp was July 11. He tossed six innings and allowed three runs on four hits in a losing effort.
- Bryson Brigman, SS
- Monte Harrison, CF
- Nick Fortes, C
- Lorenzo Quintana, 1B
- Zack Zehner, LF
- Justin Twine, 3B
- Tristan Pompey, RF
- J.D. Osborne, DH
- Devin Hairston, 2B
NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:
- Corey Bird and Preston Guilmet both had their contracts selected to a major league roster by Miami. This is Bird’s first time being on a 40-man roster for in his career. Bird has played in 62 games for the Jumbo Shrimp this year, slashing .270/.362/.444. Guilmet, on the other hand, has been to MLB before and has already been recalled once this season. With Jacksonville, Guilmet has pitched in 17 games and has a 2–1 record with a 3.62 ERA.
TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS
Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:
Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (36–37) at Lakeland Flying Tigers (28–45) @ 6:30 p.m. ET
High-A: Beloit Snappers (32–43) at Peoria Chiefs (20–45) @ 7:35 p.m. ET
Double-A: Mississippi Braves (43–32) at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (37–38) @ 7:35 p.m. ET
MLB: New York Yankees (53–48) at Miami Marlins (44–58) @ 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday’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