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Games 73 and 74: Jumbo Shrimp at Knights

Thursday, July 29, 2021 — Game 1: 6:05 p.m. ET; Game 2 will start approximately 30 minutes after Game 1

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (40–32) at Charlotte Knights (26–46)

Truist Field — Charlotte, N.C.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp won their sixth game in a row, tying their season high win streak, 2–1 against the Charlotte Knights. Justin Twine brought in Jacksonville’s first run in the top fourth with an RBI single that scored Lorenzo Quintana. Charlotte tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Nate Nolan hit an RBI single to score Zach Remillard. The Jumbo Shrimp broke the tie in the ninth when Tristan Pompey hit an RBI triple that brought home Santiago Chavez.

On the mound, Shawn Morimando tossed six scoreless innings. Colton Hock gave up the lone run to the Knights giving him his third blown save of the season. He did earn his second win of the season however since he was the pitcher of record when Jacksonville scored the winning run in the top of the ninth. Andrew Bellati pitched a 1–2–3 ninth inning and earned his first save of the season.

Tristan Pompey brought in the winning run with an RBI triple in the top of the ninth last night. (Joey Mims/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)

GAME INFO:

This will be Jacksonville’s sixth doubleheader of the year, with game two being a makeup of the game on June 20 that was postponed due to rain. In the previous five doubleheaders, the Jumbo Shrimp have split two, swept two, and have been swept once for a record of 6–4. Their most recent doubleheader was a sweep of the Nashville Sounds on July 23. This will be the Knights’ second doubleheader of the season. In their previous one, they swept the Jumbo Shrimp on July 8.

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 an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at one. Nolan was drafted in 2016 by the White Sox and has worked his way up Chicago’s farm system. He has played 30 games with the Knights this season, slashing .170/.253/.318. Nolan seems to play his best however against the Jumbo Shrimp, batting .308.

The squad also boasts some major league talent, including Tim Beckham, who played six seasons in the big leagues for the Rays, Orioles, and Mariners.

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.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Game 1:

LHP Braxton Garrett (4–3, 4.41 ERA)

Braxton Garrett will make his 11th start tonight for the Jumbo Shrimp. Braxton Garrett was a first-round draft pick for the Miami Marlins in 2016 and is one of the few players on the Jumbo Shrimp to be drafted by the Marlins. Garrett made his MLB debut last year and started a total of two games for the Fish. He went 1–1 with a 5.87 ERA. Garrett started the 2021 season with the Jumbo Shrimp, got recalled to Miami to start two games in June, before returning to Jacksonville. His last start was July 11 against the Charlotte Knights. He tossed six innings and only allowed one run on four hits. It was his fourth quality start of the season for the Jumbo Shrimp. Garrett was then recalled to Miami again and started two more games for the Marlins. His last start for the Fish was July 24 against the San Diego Padres. He tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits. It was his first quality start at the MLB level. Garrett has four pitches in his arsenal: a fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider.

LHP Tanner Banks (3–2, 3.93 ERA)

Tanner Banks will make his third start for the Charlotte Knights. Banks has spent most of the 2021 season in the bullpen, but his last two appearances have been starts in bullpen games. His last start was July 24 against the Durham Bulls. He tossed 2.2 innings and allowed one run on one hit. Banks was drafted by the White Sox in 2014 and has spent his whole career in Chicago’s farm system.

LINEUP

  1. Bryson Birgman, SS
  2. Monte Harrison, DH
  3. Nick Fortes, C
  4. Zack Zehner, CF
  5. Joe Dunand, 1B
  6. Justin Twine, 3B
  7. Tristan Pompey, RF
  8. Tevin Hairston, 2B
  9. Devin Mitchell, LF

NEWS FROM THE TROUPE:

  • Brian Anderson, who rehabbed with the Jumbo Shrimp from July 16 to July 24, recorded two RBIs last night with a single in the top of the first and a hit-by-pitch in the top of the fourth.

TRIPLE-A SOUTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS

FISH FAMILY

Here is a look at the other Marlins’ Affiliates:

Low-A: Jupiter Hammerheads (36–36) at Lakeland Flying Tigers (27–45) @ 6:30 p.m. ET

High-A: Beloit Snappers (31–43) at Peoria Chiefs (20–44) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

Double-A: Mississippi Braves (42–32) at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (37–37) @ 7:35 p.m. ET

MLB: Miami Marlins (44–58) have an off day today

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’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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