JACKSON, Tenn. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (1-2) defeated the Jackson Generals (2-1) by a 3-2 score in the third game of the five-game series at The Ballpark at Jackson on Saturday night.
Jacksonville right-handed starter Jeff Brigham (1-0) earned the win in his Double-A debut, tossing five scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking one, and collecting eight strikeouts. Jackson right-handed starter Sam Lewis (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Jacksonville right-handed relief pitcher Marcus Crescentini earned the save by getting the final outs in the ninth, despite allowing a run in that frame.
For the third straight day, Jacksonville scored a run in the top of the first, as Eric Jagielo delivered an RBI double to put the Jumbo Shrimp ahead 1-0. Two innings later Jagielo hit the first Jumbo Shrimp homer of the year, a two-run shot to right to grow the lead to 3-0.
Brigham kept the Generals off the board through his five innings, and Jackson did not score until the seventh inning. Against Jacksonville reliever Esmerling De La Rosa, an infield single by Jose Vinicio with two outs brought in a run to get the Generals on the board at 3-1. With two outs in the inning, left-handed relief pitcher Jeff Kinley came in to get the final out and keep Jacksonville in front 3-1.
The Generals scored a run off Crescentini in the bottom of the ninth, with Alberto Rosario collecting a two-out RBI single to put the score at 3-2. Crescentini then struck out pinch-hitter Matt Jones to end the game for Jacksonville's first win of the year.
The Jumbo Shrimp and Generals will continue their series with the fourth game of the five-game set on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. eastern. Right-handed pitcher Merandy Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Jackson right-handed pitcher Justin Donatella (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 2:50 p.m. with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" locally on Sunny 102.3 FM, on the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
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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