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Game 82: Tides at Jumbo Shrimp

Saturday, August 7, 2021–6:35 p.m. ET

Norfolk Tides (31–48) at Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (46–35)

121 Financial Ballpark — Jacksonville, Fla.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Jumbo Shrimp won last night’s contest in a dramatic walk-off fashion with Nick Fortes hitting an RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the ninth. Jacksonville entered the bottom of the ninth down 2–0 and only recorded one hit in the first eight innings. With two out and two men on base, Payton Henry hit a looper into no-man’s-land between first base and right field that dropped right between Tides’ second baseman Jahmai Jones hands and landed as Henry’s first hit as a Jumbo Shrimp. Bryson Brigman came into score cutting the Norfolk lead to 2–1. The Tides then went to the bullpen, bringing in Fernando Abad to face Fortes. Fortes took one pitch for a ball, then ripped a double down the left field line that scored Corey Bird and Tristan Pompey, who pinch ran for Henry, and the Jumbo Shrimp won 3–2.

Nick Fortes hit a walk-off RBI double to help Jacksonville win 3–2. It was the Jumbo Shrimp’s eighth last at-bat win in the last 15 games. (Tim Davis/tdphotography)

GAME INFO:

The Jumbo Shrimp enter tonight’s game up three games to one on the Norfolk Tides and have a chance to clinch a series victory tonight. The Jumbo Shrimp are 6–6 in potential series clinching games.

MEET THE TIDES:

Norfolk is the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Tides enter with a 31–47 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 14–7.

Mike Baumann tossed six scoreless innings and only gave up one hit last night. Baumann made his Triple-A debut last week against the Durham Bulls. He was a Jacksonville University Dolphin from 2015–2017 and was the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in 2015, striking out 85 batters in 84.1 innings of work.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

RHP Ofelky Peralta (0–0, 9.64 ERA)

Ofelky Peralta is making his second start for the Norfolk Tides tonight. Peralta signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 and has been in their farm system ever since. He started the 2021 campaign with the Double-A Bowie Baysox, making eight starts and compiling a 5–2 record with a 4.53 ERA. Peralta was called up to Norfolk on July 27 and made his Triple-A debut on July 31 against the Durham Bulls. He tossed 4.2 innings and allowed five runs to score on six hits.

RHP Edward Cabrera (0–1, 3.38 ERA)

Edward Cabrera is making his fourth 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 30 at the Charlotte Knights. Cabrera tossed 4.2 innings, allowed one run to score on four hits, and struck out 12 batters. Cabrera has three pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, and a changeup.

LINEUP

  1. Brian Miller, LF
  2. Joe Dunand, SS
  3. Lewin Díaz, 1B
  4. Bryson Brigman, 2B
  5. Corey Bird, CF
  6. Payton Henry, DH
  7. Nick Fortes, C
  8. Justin Twine, 3B
  9. Tristan Pompey, RF

NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:

  • Righty Elieser Hernandez joined the Jumbo Shrimp on August 5th as part of a rehab assignment. Hernandez tossed four scoreless innings in game one of a doubleheader allowing just one baserunner while striking out five.
  • Left-hander Daniel Castano joined Jacksonville on rehab yesterday. He delivered three scoreless innings allowing just a hit batter and a single.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

FISH FAMILY

Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Tampa Tarpons (56–25) at Jupiter Hammerheads (40–40) @ 6:30 p.m. ET

High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (38–43) at Beloit Snappers (38–44) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (41–41) at Biloxi Shuckers (31–51) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: Miami Marlins (47–63) at Colorado Rockies (49–61) @ 8:10 p.m. ET

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

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