RHP Ben Meyer was promoted from the Hammerheads to the Jumbo Shrimp, and LHP Jeff Kinley was sent down in an equal and corresponding move.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2
Game one of the best of five series for the Southern Division share of the Southern League title boiled down to pitching. Pensacola’s Deck McGuire whiffed 13 Jumbo Shrimp in eight shutout innings, surrendering just four walks and earning a 93 GameScore. 21 of the last 22 batters he faced were retired without incident. There were 2,635 in attendance at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
On any other night, Chris Mazza’s performance would have been more than strong enough to put a W in the bank. He earned a 70 GameScore, getting five Wahoos to wave in seven innings of work. He allowed just one run on six hits and one walk. Mazza got 62-of-89 pitches into the zone, McGuire got 81-of-112 over the plate.
Pensacola cobbled together their first run of the game in the sixth inning. Shed Long hit a one out single into right field, then after moving to second on a Gabriel Guerrero 5-3 groundout, scored on Josh VanMeter’s RBI-single. The Wahoos added a run in the eighth off reliever Daniel Schlereth, on another VanMeter RBI-single.
None of the starting eight for the Shrimp escaped without striking out at least once. Braxton Lee whiffed three times, but made several outstanding defensive plays in center field, including a first inning highway-robbery of Arismendy Alcantara at the wall.
No batter for Jacksonville had multiple or extra base hits. Justin Bour, John Norwood, Cam Maron, David Vidal and K.C. Serna hit a single each.
Blue Wahoos shut out Jumbo Shrimp in Game One, 2-0
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. Kannapolis Intimidators
Greensboro and Kannapolis were rained out of First National Bank Field for their scheduled game one matchup. The best-of-three will instead commence tomorrow.
New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 3, Auburn Doubledays 6
The Muckdogs (30-44) played host for the final time this season versus the Auburn Doubledays (29-45) with 494 present at Dwyer Stadium.
Sam Perez (4-2, 2.21) started and lost for the Dogs, surrendering four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 1⁄3 innings. He struck out five batters. Jeremy Ovalle surrendered a run in his inning of work, but also struck out the side, and Tyler Frowirth pitched a hitless, walk-less, and scoreless inning of work, although he did uncork one wild pitch.
The Muckdogs, led by three singles from Tyler Curtis, outhit the Doubledays 12-to-11. Sean Reynolds and Lazaro Alonso had two hits apiece.
Auburn scored in the top of the first on a Jonathan Pryor RBI-single, then added a run in the second inning on a Nick Choruby RBI-single. Sean Reynolds (4) got one back in the bottom of the frame with a long-ball to right field.
In the sixth, the Doubledays extended their lead out to 5-1 with a Jeyner Baez RBI-single and an Andres Martinez two-run-double off of Shane Sawczak. Tyler Curtis crossed the plate for the Muckdogs in the seventh on a Michael Hernandez double-play ball, but Baez (1) homered to left field to make it 6-2, bad guys. Terry Bennett added an RBI-single in the eighth to close the scoring for the day.
Baez, Martinez lead the way for Auburn
At 6:05PM, the Muckdogs will close out their season with a road matchup against the Doubledays. Alejandro Mateo (3-3, 3.04) will start opposite Kyle Johnston (0-2, 3.10).
7:00PM - In the makeup from today’s washout, the Hoppers will send Max Duval (4-0, 2.09) up against Luis Martinez (8-2, 3.19). The series will then head to Kannapolis for either one or two games, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, if needed.
7:35PM - Matt Tomshaw (13-6, 3.48) will get a turn against Jose Lopez (7-2, 2.43) in game two of the best-of-five set in Pensacola. Game three is also to be played in Pensacola, with the Jumbo Shrimp designated as the home team. This is of course due to the probable actions of Hurricane Irma. In line with that, games four and five, if necessary, will be hosted in Biloxi, also with Jacksonville acting as the “home team.” The winner of the series will be crowned “co-champion,” along with the Northern Division playoff victor.
On this Date
Short and sweet, San Antonio and Galveston raced through their nine inning game in 49 minutes. The 1913 game marked the shortest game, by time, in Texas League history.