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Game 79: Tides at Jumbo Shrimp

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 — Game 1: 5:05 p.m. ET, Game 2 will start approximately 30 minutes after Game 1

Norfolk Tides (30–46) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (44–34)

121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, Fla.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp won their 10th game out of the last 12 last night with a 6–4 victory over the Norfolk Tides. Jacksonville kicked the scoring off in the first inning. Bryson Brigman began the inning with a walk, and then Monte Harrison smashed his fifth home run of the season over the right field wall to give Jacksonville a 2–0 lead. The lead did not last long unfortunately as the Tides tied the game up in the top of the second inning. Kelvin Gutierrez hit a single and then Brett Cumberland drew a walk to put two on base. Mascon McCoy then cleared the bases with a triple to the gap in right-center field. The score stayed tied at two until the top of the fifth inning when Robert Nuestrom hit an RBI single that scored McCoy, putting Norfolk in front 3–2. Lewin Díaz tied the game in the bottom of the seventh for Jacksonville when he hit an RBI single that scored Harrison. In the next inning for the Jumbo Shrimp, Zack Zehner drew a walk, and then Joe Dunand launched a two-run blast to left field and put Jacksonville up 5–3. Brigman brought in a sixth run later that inning with a sacrifice bunt that scored Tristan Pompey. The Tides added a run in the top of the ninth, but it was too little too late and Jacksonville won the series opener.

Shawn Morimando won his third game of the season tossing 6.2 innings in relief after Cody Poteet made a rehab start.

Joe Dunand hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Jumbo Shrimp up 5–3. (Bill Moll/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)

GAME INFO:

This will be Jacksonville’s seventh doubleheader of the year, with game two being a makeup of the game on June 13 that was postponed due to rain. In the previous six doubleheaders, the Jumbo Shrimp have split three, swept two, and have been swept once for a record of 7–5. Their most recent doubleheader was a split with Charlotte Knights on July 29. This will be Norfolk’s fourth doubleheader. The Tides have swept two and split one this year for a record of 5–1.

MEET THE TIDES:

Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Tides enter with a 30–46 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 12–6.

Mason McCoy hit a bases clearing triple in the top of the second inning to tie the game at two. It was his fifth triple of the season and brings him into a four-way tie for second most triples in Triple-A East. McCoy was selected by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2017 draft and has been working his way up the Baltimore system, rising up a level each year. This season he has played 69 games with the Tides, which is the most of anyone on the Norfolk roster, and is slashing .233/.302/.378.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

LHP Kevin Smith (1–3, 5.26 ERA)

Kevin Smith will make his eighth start for the Norfolk Tides tonight. Smith started the 2021 season in Double-A Bowie, pitching six games for the Baysox and compiling a 0–1 record with a 1.04. He made his first start for the Tides on June 16 and has been with Norfolk ever since. His last start was July 28 against the Durham Bulls. He tossed 4.2 scoreless innings and struck out four batters. He features a fastball, slider, and changeup.

RHP Jordan Holloway (0–3, 4.50 ERA)

Jordan Holloway will make his fifth start for the Jumbo Shrimp and his first pitching appearance in Jacksonville since July 11. Holloway tossed two innings relief against the Charlotte Knights and earned his first hold of the season. He was then recalled by Miami and made two relief appearances and a start for the Marlins, compiling a 1–1 record and a 6.55 ERA. Holloway rejoined the Jumbo Shrimp on July 31. Holloway has four pitches in repertoire including a fastball, curveball, changeup, and cutter.

LINEUP

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

NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:

  • Nick Neidert won his first MLB game for the Marlins last night. He tossed 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on three hits. Neidert started six games for the Jumbo Shrimp this year, compiling a 4–1 record and a 2.25 ERA.

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), Game 1 starts at 4:00 p.m. ET, Game 2 (makeup of Jun. 30) will start approximately 30 minutes after Game 1

High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (38–40) at Beloit Snappers (35–44) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (40–39) at Biloxi Shuckers (29–50) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: New York Mets (55–51) at Miami Marlins (46–61) @ 7:10 p.m. ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s games 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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