JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Mississippi Braves held off a late Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp rally to win, 4-3 in seven innings, before overcoming a no-hit start by Jacksonville right-hander Jordan Yamamoto in 1-0, seven-inning Mississippi victory and doubleheader sweep in front of 4,760 at Budweiser Thirsty Thursday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
In Game 1, Jacksonville shortstop Joe Dunand hit a first-inning RBI single to put the Jumbo Shrimp (25-40 second half, 53-80 overall) ahead, 1-0. Mississippi center fielder Cristian Pache hit a third-inning RBI single and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by catcher Rodrigo Vigil. Jacksonville right fielder John Norwood hit a game-tying solo home run to right field in the fifth inning. Rain halted play for one hour and five minutes in a 2-2 tie before the sixth inning, ending five-inning starts by Jacksonville left-hander McKenzie Mills, and Mississippi left-hander Michael Mader (6-3).
When play resumed, the Braves (36-28, 65-69) took the lead with four straight two-out singles in the sixth inning against Jumbo Shrimp right-hander Kolton Mahoney (3-9). First baseman Tyler Marlette and third baseman Jonathan Morales hit RBI singles. Right-hander Josh Graham held the 4-2 lead until the seventh inning, when he allowed a run on a single and three walks. Left-hander Thomas Burrows struck out center fielder Monte Harrison with the bases loaded to end the game.
In Game 2, Yamamoto pitched six no-hit innings with nine strikeouts, hitting a batter for the only baserunner. In the seventh inning, Demeritte hit a one-out triple off right-hander Tommy Eveld (2-1) and scored when third baseman Luis Valenzuela won a two-out race to first base with Jacksonville first baseman John Silviano. Left-hander Justin Kelly (1-0) pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for the Braves, stranding a runner at third base in the fifth inning and one at second base in the seventh.
UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp continue their season-ending series with Mississippi at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when Jacksonville right-hander Nick Neidert (11-7) is scheduled to face Braves left-hander Kyle Muller (4-0). Fans may visit any participating NAPA AutoCare Center to get a FREE general admission ticket for the game that concludes with NAPA AutoCare Family Fireworks. On Stein Mart Date Night, a pair of tickets, two hot dogs, two drinks and popcorn are just $25 at the box office window. Stein Mart is also giving away $50 gift cards. The Jumbo Shrimp wear red "Bold City" jerseys to support the military on Red Shirt Friday, when fans who wear red can save $1 per ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Friday Night Lites Miller Lite Happy Hour offers $1 12-oz. Miller Lite and $1 off craft beer specials in the Craft Cave by the third-base gate until 7:30 p.m. The #MiLBCommUNITY Initiative presented by Allegiant will give fans, players and staff a chance to share what community means to them on placards to be posted at the game, and one lucky fan will win a $500 Allegiant travel voucher. The game is presented by 99.9 Gator Country.
ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp offer affordable family fun at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Their inaugural season garnered the Southern League's Don Mincher Organization of the Year, Promotional Trophy, and Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year, won by General Manager Harold Craw. To experience the excitement with the terrific value of ticket and group options, call the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visit www.jaxshrimp.com.
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