Conine Homers Again, Jacksonville Nets Series Victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  Griffin Conine homered for the fourth straight day and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp earned a series win with Sunday’s 7-4 triumph over the Charlotte Knights at Truist Field.


A four-run second proved to be critical for Jacksonville (28-35). Troy Johnston began the inning with a double against Charlotte (25-37) starter Cory Abbott (2-1). Two batters later, Conine notched an RBI single for the game’s first run. After a Marty Costes base hit, Jonathan Davis’ double brought in Conine. Two batters later, Javier Sanoja’s two-run single made it 4-0.


In the third, Johnston drew a one-out walk. Following a strikeout, Conine crushed a monstrous 428-foot home run to widen the gap to 6-0.


The Knights got on the board in their half of the third. A Wilmer Difo single, Wynton Bernard double and Zach Remillard walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Jumbo Shrimp reliever Jonathan Bermúdez walked Mark Payton to force in a run before Carlos Pérez registered a sacrifice fly.


Sanoja jumpstarted the fourth with a triple. He scored three batters later on a Johnston base hit.


Michael Chavis’ leadoff shot in the fourth drew Charlotte within 7-3.


The score remained that way until the eighth. Chuckie Robinson singled and Difo walked with two outs. Bernard punched an RBI single to center to make it 7-4, but the Knights could get no closer.


After Monday’s off day, the Jumbo Shrimp return to 121 Financial Ballpark with Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. first pitch to start a six-game series with the Indianapolis Indians.

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