Ok, ok…stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Giving up a ton of runs to your opponent in the very first inning of the game is not a very good way of actually winning games. We’ve said it here before. Yesterday, in fact. But since we just write about games as opposed to actually playing in them, we can only report that the Jumbo Shrimp gave up a 5-spot to the Stripers in the Bottom of the 1st Inning last night. The Stripers then added another half dozen in the following seven innings to beat our Jumbo Shrimp 11-3.
Jacksonville’s only runs came via a bases-loaded walk by Pitcher Shawn Morimondo and a two-run home run by Catcher Chad Wallach. Bryson Brigman continued his hitting streak with a 2-hit night. Jesus Sanchez went 1-for-4, which unfortunately took his batting average below the magical .400 mark. It’s still an enviable .396.
Gwinnett received hits from seven of their nine starters on the night. Ex-MLB’er Phillip Ervin led the Stripers with a home run and four RBIs. The starting nine for the Stripers collectively had 10,748 MLB at-bats coming into last night’s game. So, their experience is going to be a continued factor for the rest of the series. Thankfully, we only have six total games against the Stripers this season.
On the mound, Morimondo took the loss giving up six runs, five earned, over three and two-thirds innings. The relief corps fared little better for Jax. Kyle Muller pitched five innings of one-run ball for the Stripers in picking up the win.
The teams are back at it again this evening at 7:05 pm. The Catch will be at Friday’s game, so look for us! Should be lots of fun.