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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp End Four-Game Skid in Big Way, 20-4

JACKSONVILLE (– The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp launched six home runs – their most in a home game since June 4, 2010 - in their commanding 20-4 victory over the Charlotte Knights on Saturday at 121 Financial Ballpark in front of 8,041 fans.

The 20 runs scored were the most at 121 Financial Ballpark for any Jacksonville club since at least 2005.

In the top of the first inning, Zach Remillard and Elvis Andrus sliced back-to-back singles. Lenyn Sosa then laced a double to center field, driving in Remillard and Andrus to plate a pair of runs. Oscar Colas singled into left field, advancing Sosa to third. 

With runners at the corners, Victor Reyes flew out and Jacksonville (22-26) ended up turning a triple play to end Charlotte’s (25-25) momentum in the first.

Jacksonville put up a four-spot in the second inning against Knights starter Nate Fisher (4-5) to take the lead. Jerar Encarnacion (9) smashed a solo home run to right field, cutting the deficit to 2-1. 

Austin Allen followed with a single and Charles Leblanc walked before a ground out allowed them to advance to scoring position. Jake Mangum (2) cranked a three-run home run to left field, putting Jacksonville in front 4-2.

Jacob Amaya, who went 4-for-4 with two home runs, two walks and a career-high seven RBIs, led off the third with a single before Peyton Burdick (12) blasted a two-run shot to right field to extend the lead 6-2.

Jacksonville blew the game wide open in the fifth inning. Three consecutive one-out singles by Leblanc, Brian Miller and Mangum tallied another run. Jesús Sánchez walked to load the bases for Amaya (5), who hit a grand slam to right field giving the Jumbo Shrimp a commanding 11-2 advantage.

Sosa (8) hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give Charlotte their third run of the game and make it 11-3.

Remillard and Andrus opened the eighth inning with a single and a walk. Sosa then put together a single of his own, driving in Remillard.

Amaya led off the eighth with a single and Jordan Groshans and Encarnacion earned back-to-back walks to load the bases. Allen ripped a single to drive in Amaya and then Leblanc (5) launched the second grand slam of the contest to make it 16-4. 

Mangum reached on an error and Victor Victor Mesa was hit by a pitch. Amaya (6) then hit his second home run of the game, a three-run shot. Burdick walked and Groshans singled followed by a Encarnacion base hit, driving in Burdick to give Jacksonville a 20-4 lead.

Jacksonville and Charlotte conclude their series Sunday at 6:05 p.m. The Jumbo Shrimp will start RHP Ronald Bolaños (1-5, 7.76) and the Knights will counter with RHP Luke Farrell (0-3, 10.03).