Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Split Series with Memphis

JACKSONVILLE (www.sportsdayjax.comThe Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp couldn’t overcome an early deficit as they split their series with the Memphis Redbirds in a 10-4 loss, Sunday afternoon in front of 5,629 fans at 121 Financial Ballpark .  

Memphis (37-32) struck first in the opening frame. With one out, Masyn Winn singled and Lars Nootbaar (2) followed with a two-run home run off Jacksonville (30-38) starter Collin Lowe (0-1) to plate the first pair of runs of the game. 


The Jumbo Shrimp then quickly responded. Xavier Edwards (2) blasted a home run off Redbird’s starter James Naile (1-0) to put Jacksonville on the board. 


Memphis added to their lead in the top of the third. Back-to-back doubles from Winn and Nootbaar made it 3-1. Juan Yepez (4) blasted a two-run homer, extending the Memphis lead to 5-1.


Matt Koperniak led off the fourth frame with a walk. Winn and Nootbaar strung together consecutive singles to load the bases. Yepez grounded out but Koperniak scored, to make it a five-run game.


In the fifth frame, Kramer Robertson clubbed a one-out single and swiped second.  One batter later, Errol Robinson doubled to right field, plating Robertson, giving Memphis a 7-1 lead.. 


Nootbaar smashed his second long ball of the game as Memphis built their lead to 8-1.


Jacksonville got one run back in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Edwards walked and Hinojosa singled. With runners on first and second, Dane Myers knocked a base hit, scoring Edwards to cut the deficit to 8-2.


The Redbirds continued to smack around Jumbo Shrimp pitching, adding two more runs in the ninth. With one out, Tres Barrera doubled and Juniel Querecuto walked. Robertson clubbed a two-run double, bringing Memphis’ lead to 10-2.


Jacksonville tried to fight back in the ninth, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Myers and Peyton Burdick started with back-to-back doubles. With runners on second and third, Jordan Groshans smacked a single, scoring Myers to make the score 10-3. Burdick went to third and scored three batters later on a Charles Leblanc two-out double, cutting it to a six-run game but the Jumbo Shrimp couldn’t keep the rally going.


Jacksonville heads to Gwinnett to play a six-game series against the Stripers Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. 

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