The law of averages eventually catches up to everyone, baseball teams included. So, when you happen to be trying for a 6-game sweep, and your 7th consecutive win over the same team, sometimes it doesn’t work out as planned. Such was the case for the Jumbo Shrimp on Sunday, as they suffered a 4-3 loss in 11 innings to Norfolk.
Elieser Hernandez got the start for the Shrimp and threw 4.2 innings of shutout ball. (And won Triple-A East Pitcher of the Week for his trouble). However, the bullpen couldn’t keep Norfolk off the board, allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to send the game to extras. After a Shrimp run to go ahead in the top of the 11th inning, the bullpen coughed it up once again allowing two runs to give Norfolk the win.
At the plate, Eddy Alvarez had a home run for the Shrimp. Monte Harrison had one hit and one RBI. Jesús Sánchez had two doubles.
For Norfolk, starter Spenser Watkins actually no-hit the Shrimp for 6 innings. Five relievers later, and Marcos Diplán picked up the win.
Norfolk’s offense was led by Mason McCoy (who reminds me very much of Adam Eaton) who went 2-for-5 with a triple. Norfolk leads Triple-A East in triples. So there’s that.
Navy Town Showdown update: Jax – 9 Norfolk – 3
The Shrimp are off today, but resume their season series with Durham tomorrow at 121 Financial Ballpark.