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Game 78: Tides at Jumbo Shrimp

Tuesday, August 3, 2021–7:05 p.m. ET

Norfolk Tides (30–45) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (43–34)

121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, Fla.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Jumbo Shrimp lost the series finale Sunday night against Charlotte in extra innings. The Jumbo Shrimp scored two runs in the top of the second and a third run in the top of the sixth, and controlled the momentum for most of the game. Unfortunately, the Knights clawed their way back to the game. Charlotte scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and then Matt Reynolds hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Knights finished the comeback off with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to win the game 4–3.

GAME INFO:

Jacksonville has another seven-game series this week, this time hosting the Norfolk Tides. This is the fourth of six series between the two teams this season. In series openers, the Jumbo Shrimp are 2–1 against the Tides.

The last time Jacksonville and Norfolk played, Deven Marrero hit a walk-off single to put the Jumbo Shrimp on top 8–7. (Andreea Cardani/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)

MEET THE TIDES:

Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Tides enter with a 30–45 record and are sixth in the Southeast Division.

Norfolk is managed by Gary Kendall, who returns for his second season with the Tides. Before joining the Tides in 2019, Kendall was the manager for the Bowie Baysox for eight seasons, setting the franchise managerial record for career wins at 570. Kendall led the Baysox to three postseason appearances, including the franchise’s lone Eastern League Championship in 2015.

Norfolk, like Jacksonville, is a very big Navy town, which is why the regular season series between these two teams has been dubbed “The Navy Town Showdown.” The winner of the series will receive a ship’s bell as a trophy. Jacksonville leads the series 11–6.

Norfolk features two of the top 10 prospects in the Baltimore organization: Mike Baumann and Zac Lowther.

Baumann will be coming home this series as he pitched for Jacksonville University from 2015 to 2017. He was the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in his freshman year with the Dolphins, striking out 85 batters in 84.1 innings pitched. Baumann was drafted by the O’s in 2017 and has worked his way up the system. He spent most of the year with Double-A Bowie Baysox, but was called up to Norfolk on July 27. He has pitched one game for the Tides since then, tossing five innings against the Durham Bulls and earning his first win. Baumann is slated to pitch for Norfolk on Thursday.

Lowther was a second-round pick for the Orioles in 2017 out of Xavier, where he was a big strikeout artist. Lowther has quickly risen through the Orioles system and has split his time between Norfolk and Baltimore this year. With the Tides, Lowther has started seven games and has 29 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

RHP Kyle Bradish (2–3, 5.09 ERA)

Kyle Bradish will make his 12th start for the Norfolk Tides tonight. Bradish started 2021 with the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, before joining the Tides on May 25. In his three starts with the Baysox, Bradish tossed a total of 13.1 innings and did not allow a single run to score. In his most recent start with Norfolk, Bradish tossed 5.1 innings against the Durham Bulls, and allowed one run on four hits. He started one game against Jacksonville on June 12. He tossed five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. The Jumbo Shrimp won that game in extra innings, giving Bradish a no-decision. Bradish has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, curveball, slider, changeup.

RHP Cody Poteet (1–0, 1.59 ERA)

Cody Poteet will make his second start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. Poteet is only one of five pitchers on Jacksonville roster to actually be drafted by the Miami Marlins, being selected by the Fish in the fourth round of 2015. Poteet has played for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp before, in 2019, when Jacksonville was a Double-A team. Poteet started 13 games, compiling a 5–3 record with a 2.25 ERA. Halfway through the 2019 season, he was called up to Triple-A. This season, Poteet started one game for Jacksonville in the opening series against the Norfolk Tides. He tossed 5.2 innings, allowed one run to score on three hits, and struck out 10 batters. After that start, his contract was selected byMiami and started seven games for the Marlins.

LINEUP

  1. Bryson Brigman, SS
  2. Monte Harrison, CF
  3. Lewin Díaz, 1B
  4. Nick Fortes, C
  5. Lorenzo Quintana, DH
  6. Zack Zehner, LF
  7. Joe Dunand, 3B
  8. Tristan Pompey, RF
  9. Justin Twine, 2B

NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:

  • Brian Miller was optioned back to Jacksonville yesterday. Miller made his MLB debut on July 30 against the New York Yankees and went 1-for-3.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

FISH FAMILY

Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Tampa Tarpons (54–23) at Jupiter Hammerheads (38–38) @ 6:30 p.m. ET

High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (37–40) at Beloit Snappers (35–43) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (39–39) at Biloxi Shuckers (29–49) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: New York Mets (55–50) at Miami Marlins (45–61) @ 7:10 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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