BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A late inning rally came up just short for the Birmingham Barons (56-67) in their Monday night 3-2 loss to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (62-64) from Regions Field.
Jacksonville went ahead for good with one big swing of the bat in the sixth inning. With a runner on, outfielder Stone Garrett blasted his 13th homer of the season to deep left off Birmingham starter Bernardo Flores. It gave the Shrimp a 2-1 lead that they never relented.
Trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, the Barons made it interesting with an RBI single from Blake Rutherford to score Luis Gonzalez and make it 3-2. However, the next batter, Gavin Sheets, grounded out to second to end the game.
In the top of the seventh, Jacksonville's Anfernee Seymour scored from second on a wild pitch and throwing error from Alfredo Gonzalez to make it 3-1.
The Barons struck first in the bottom of the third, with a Luis Gonzalez's sacrifice fly to center field that scored Alfredo Gonzalez.
Even while taking the loss, Flores set a new season-high with eight strikeouts and picked up his third quality start in six complete innings.
It was a tough night for the Barons offense, who finished with just three hits. After Jumbo Shrimp starter Jose Urena, who was finishing his MLB rehab stint, finished his start, right-hander Jorge Guzman fired off seven strong innings of one-run ball and took home his seventh win of the season.
It has been quite a stretch for Luis Gonzalez as of late getting on base and bringing home runs. In his last 18 games, Gonzalez has 18 RBI, 11 runs scored and nine walks during the stretch.
Rutherford's late single made it 14 of his last 16 games with a hit and have him 16 hits in the month of August.
Birmingham will resume their five-game series with the Jumbo Shrimp Tuesday evening, starting at 7:05 p.m. CT. Left-hander John Parke (3-3, 2.47) will take the hill and make his 11th start of the season.
WJQX-FM 100.5 will be the home of the Barons on Tuesday. Fans can tune into the Coca-Cola Pregame Show starting at 6:50 p.m. CT.
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