Game 76: Jumbo Shrimp at Knights
Saturday, July 31, 2021–7:04 p.m. ET
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (42–33) at Charlotte Knights (27–48)
Truist Field — Charlotte, N.C.
LAST TIME OUT:
A three-run sixth inning powered Jacksonville to their eighth win in the last ten games. Monte Harrison started the scoring off with an RBI single that scored Bryson Brigman. Nick Fortes then stepped up to the plate and blasted his second home run of the series, bringing home Harrison and himself giving the Jumbo Shrimp a 3–1 lead. Brigman brought home the final run for Jacksonville with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, scoring Tristan Pompey.
Nate Nolan scored the first run of the game for the Knights with a solo home run in the bottom of the second. Charlotte scored one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning to make it 4–2, but that is all they would get on Friday.
With the win, the Jumbo Shrimp have clinched a victory in this seven-game series. This is their second series victory in a row.
The Jumbo Shrimp enter tonight’s game with a 4–1 series lead. The Jumbo Shrimp have led a series by this margin only one other time this season, and beat the Gwinnett Stripers 6–3 to win the series five games to one.
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.
Nate Nolan hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning last night. Nolan was drafted in 2016 by the White Sox and has worked his way up Chicago’s farm system. He has played 32 games with the Knights this season, slashing .170/.245/.340 with five home runs. Nolan seems to play his best however against the Jumbo Shrimp, batting .263.
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 Paul Campbell (0–0, 1.04 ERA)
Paul Campbell will make his third start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Campbell was drafted in 2017 by the Tampa Bay Rays out of Clemson. The Marlins picked Campbell in the Rule 5 draft in December of 2020. This season with the Marlins, Campbell has pitched in five games, mainly as a reliever, but he did start one game on May 1. With the Fish, he compiled a 0–2 record with an 8.74 ERA. Campbell’s last start was July 25 against the Nashville Sounds. He tossed 4.2 innings and only allowed one run on two hits while striking out five batters. Campbell has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, curveball, and a changeup.
RHP Jonathan Stiever (3–5, 6.41 ERA)
Jonathan Stiever will make his 15th start for the Charlotte Knights tonight and his third start against the Jumbo Shrimp. Stiever was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2018 and quickly worked his way up through their farm system. In 2020, Stiever made his MLB debut with the White Sox and tossed 3.2 innings against the Detroit Tigers. Stiever pitched a game for Chicago earlier this season, but gave up three runs without recording an out. He was then sent to Charlotte and has become a mainstay in the Knights’ starting rotation. In his last appearance against Jacksonville on July 8, Stiever tossed five innings and only allowed two runs on four hits, earning his third win of the season. Stiever has a four-pitch repertoire: a fastball, slider, changeup, and curveball.
- Bryson Brigman, SS
- Monte Harrison, CF
- Nick Fortes, C
- Joe Dunand, 3B
- Zack Zehner, DH
- Lorenzo Quintana, 1B
- Tristan Pompey, RF
- Devin Hairston, 2B
- Tevin Mitchell, LF
NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:
- Brian Miller made his MLB debut last night for the Marlins against the New York Yankees, and recorded his first major league hit. With the Jumbo Shrimp, Miller played 68 games and slashed .254/.314/.331 and stole 22 bases.
TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS
Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:
Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (37–37) at Lakeland Flying Tigers (28–46) @ 6:00 p.m. ET
High-A: Beloit Snappers (33–43) at Peoria Chiefs (30–46) @ 7:35 p.m. ET
Double-A: Mississippi Braves (43–32) at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (37–38), game 1 starts @ 5:00 p.m. ET, game 2 will start approximately 30 minutes after game 1
MLB: New York Yankees (54–48) at Miami Marlins (44–59) @ 6:10 p.m. ET
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