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Games 49 and 50: Jumbo Shrimp at Redbirds

Friday, July 2, 2021 — Game One at 5:30 p.m. ET, Game Two will start approximately 30 minutes after Game One

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (27–21) at Memphis Redbirds (19–31)

AutoZone Park — Memphis, Tenn.


The Jumbo Shrimp and Redbirds were scheduled to play last night, but the game was postponed due to rain and will be made up today as part of a doubleheader.


Tonight will be the third doubleheader for Jacksonville this season. The Jumbo Shrimp split the two previous doubleheaders of the year. In both sets, Jacksonville won the first game and dropped the second game.

For just the second series this year, Jumbo Shrimp pitchers will have to bat. This is because Minor League Baseball’s rule about designated hitters this year is that teams are allowed to use them unless it is a matchup of two National League affiliates, which tonight’s matchup is, with Jacksonville being affiliated with Miami and Memphis being affiliated with St. Louis. Jacksonville pitchers had to bat earlier this season against Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta Braves) and they will have to bat once more this season against the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers).

Nick Neidert will start game one for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight. (Aaron Sacha/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)


Memphis is the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds enter with a 19–31 record and are in last place in the Southeast Division.

The Redbirds are managed by Ben Johnson who returns for his second season in Memphis. Johnson is actually a native of Memphis and was drafted by the Cardinals in 1999. This is Johnson first time being a manager in affiliated ball. Before he joined Memphis, Johnson was a coach for the Durham Bulls and was the manager of the Arizona/Goodyear Centennials of the Freedom Pro Baseball League.

Memphis has the third-most triples of all teams in Triple-A East this season with 14. They are one behind Jacksonville, who has sole possession of second place with 15 triples. In first place with 18 triples is the Toledo Mud Hens.

Memphis is home to four of the top 10 prospects in St. Louis’s farm system including Matthew Liberatore, who is the №1 prospect for the Cardinals. Liberatore was a huge prospect heading into the 2018 MLB draft. The Tampa Bay Rays selected him at №16 and traded him to St. Louis in January of 2020.


Game 1

RHP Nick Neidert (2–0, 1.37 ERA)

Nick Neidert will make his fourth start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight in the first game of the doubleheader. Neidert’s last start for the Jumbo Shrimp was June 26 against Durham. It was his first rehab start with the Jumbo Shrimp after he was placed on the injured list with an inflammation in his right biceps. Neidert tossed 3.2 innings and allowed one run off two hits while striking out three batters. After completing his rehab start Neidert was optioned to Jacksonville on June 29. The righty has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, changeup, and curveball.

RHP Tommy Parsons (1–4, 6.27 ERA)

Tommy Parsons will make his seventh start for the Memphis Redbirds tonight in game one. Parsons signed with the Cardinals in 2018 and has been working his way up through their farm system. His most recent start was June 16 at the Indianapolis Indians. Parsons tossed five innings and gave up four runs off six hits in a losing effort. His most recent appearance for the Redbirds was June 27 when he tossed two innings in relief against the Toledo Mudhens.

Game 2

LHP Brandon Leibeandt (0–1, 5.06 ERA)

Brandon Leibrandt will make his first start for the Jumbo Shrimp tonight in the second game of the doubleheader. Leibrandt was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014, and was picked up by the Marlins as a free agent before the 2020 season. He made his MLB debut in the shortened 2020 season on August 23, and pitched in five games for the Marlins. Leibrandt did not allow a run to score in his first four games over 7.1 innings of work. In 2021, Leibrandt was initially assigned to Miami’s Double-A affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He made seven starts for the Blue Wahoos and compiled a 2–3 record with a 6.61 ERA. Leibrandt joined the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on June 15 and has made one appearance. On June 26, he tossed 5.1 innings in relief after Nick Niedert made a rehab start for the Jumbo Shrimp. Leibrandt allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out two batters in a losing effort. He has four pitches in his repertoire: a fastball, slider, changeup, and a curveball.

RHP Jake Woodford (0–0, 0.00 ERA)

Jake Woodford will make his first start for the Redbirds in 2021 in the finale of the doubleheader tonight. Woodford started the 2021 campaign in the big leagues with the Cardinals. He pitched in 17 games this season, all as a reliever. Woodford rarely pitched more than two innings in each game. Woodford earned one win with the Cardinals this season when he pitched 2.2 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks on May 28. Woodford was optioned to Memphis on June 28. This will be Woodford’s first game back in Memphis since 2019. That season, Woodford was a mainstay in the Redbirds rotation, starting 26 games that year, which was the most starts of any pitcher on that team. He went 9–8 with a 4.15 ERA that year. Woodford has five pitches in his repertoire: a sinker, fastball, slider, curveball, and a changeup.


Game 1

  1. Bryson Brigman, SS
  2. Brian Miller, CF
  3. Lewin Díaz, 1B
  4. Chad Wallach, C
  5. Isan Díaz, 3B
  6. Corey Bird, LF
  7. Tristan Pompey, RF
  8. Justin Twine, 2B
  9. Brandon Leibrandt, P


Steve Meadows/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
  • Eddy Alvarez has officially made Team USA and will travel to Tokyo for the Summer Olympics. Alvarez becomes just the 15th American to accomplish this feat. Alvarez competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he won the silver medal in 500 meter relay in Speed Skating.



Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (22–27) at Tampa Tarpons (33–15), Game 1at 4:00 p.m. ET; Game 2 will be approximately 30 minutes after Game 1

High-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (23–27) at Beloit Snappers (25–26) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers (16–34) at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (30–21) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: Miami Marlins (34–45) at Philadelphia Phillies (37–41) @ 6:05 p.m. ET


Friday’s games will be broadcast on the following platforms:

Radio: ESPN 690 AM

Online Stream: MiLB.TV

Phone/Tablet:,, MiLB First Pitch App



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