Shuckers spoil Jumbo Shrimp homestand opener, 7-5

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The Biloxi Shuckers tallied 15 hits, and right-hander Angel Ventura pitched six innings for them in a 7-5 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in front of 2,890 – with many bringing dogs – at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Monday night. 

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Jumbo Shrimp right-hander Severino Gonzalez (0-2) and Ventura (1-3) each began with three scoreless innings. Biloxi (15-16) broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning, when second baseman Mauricio Dubon reached on an infield single, stole second base and scored on first baseman Dustin DeMuth‘s RBI single. Jacksonville scored in the bottom of the inning when right fielder John Norwood scored as center fielder Johnny Davis misplayed a single by second baseman David Vidal.

In a 1-1, fifth-inning tie, Biloxi shortstop Angel Ortega hit a leadoff triple to left field and scored on catcher Dustin Houle‘s RBI single. Houle later scored when Jacksonville center fielder Yefri Perez misplayed a single by Davis. Gonzalez allowed the first three runs – two earned – on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Meanwhile, Ventura worked six innings, allowing a single unearned run while walking one batter and striking out five.

With a 3-1 lead, the Shuckers added three runs in the seventh inning against Jumbo Shrimp right-hander Tyler Kinley. Pinch hitter Clint Coulter homered, Dubon hit an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch. Jacksonville answered with a three-run bottom of the inning, as shortstop Alex Yarbrough hit an RBI double and Cam Maron hit a pinch-hit, two-run single to make it 6-4. The tying runs were left on base by left-hander Nick Ramirez, who worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Biloxi added an eighth-inning run on Houle’s RBI single to make it 7-4. Former Jacksonville right-hander Matt Ramsey allowed a ninth-inning RBI single by third baseman Brian Anderson before completing the 7-5 final with his eighth save.

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UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp continue their series with Biloxi at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, when Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw (3-1) is scheduled to face Shuckers right-hander Jorge Lopez (2-1). Gates open at 6 p.m. for Community First Credit Union Two-For-Tuesday, when tickets are 2-for-1 at the box office for Community First Credit Union members using their CFCU debit or credit card. Fans who are not members can sign up at the tent outside the stadium to receive the ticket offer. On Miller Lite $2 Tuesday, fans can purchase $1 12-oz. and $2 24-oz. Miller Lite at select locations.

ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are beginning a new era of affordable family fun with the 2017 season presented by Community First Credit Union at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With a new lineup of ticket and group options, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxshrimp.com.

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