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Four-run first powers Jumbo Shrimp to win over Nashville  

Díaz, Fortes homer to help Jacksonville win 7-5
Lewin Díaz blasts a home run and drives in three RBIs in Jacksonville's 7-5 win over Nashville Wednesday. (Steve Meadows/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp)
May 11, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, F.L. – After falling in Tuesday’s contest, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp used a four-run first inning to power their way to a 7-5 win over the Nashville Sounds Wednesday afternoon at 121 Financial Ballpark. With the score tied at four, Jacksonville (19-13) plated a run in the bottom of

JACKSONVILLE, F.L. – After falling in Tuesday’s contest, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp used a four-run first inning to power their way to a 7-5 win over the Nashville Sounds Wednesday afternoon at 121 Financial Ballpark.

With the score tied at four, Jacksonville (19-13) plated a run in the bottom of the sixth to regain their lead. Lorenzo Quintana was hit by Nashville (21-10) reliever Miguel Sanchez (L, 3-2) to start the inning. JJ Bleday walked but was forced out at second on a double play. Quintana advanced to third on the double play and scored on a wild pitch to give Jacksonville the 5-4 lead.

The Jumbo Shrimp padded their lead in the bottom of the seventh. J.D. Orr singled and went to second on a sacrifice by Demetrius Sims. Charles Leblanc doubled, scoring Orr to increase the Jumbo Shrimp advantage 6-4. After a fly out, Lewin Díaz singled home Leblanc giving Jacksonville a three-run cushion, 7-4.

Nashville made things interesting in the ninth. With one out, Pablo Reyes walked and went to third on a two-out single by Brice Turang. Keston Hiura followed with a base hit, scoring Reyes to cut into the deficit, 7-5. However, Robert Garcia struck out Jon Singleton to secure the win.

After failing to get a hit through five innings on Tuesday, Jacksonville’s offense came out with a bang for their 12:05 first pitch on Wednesday. Leblanc led off with a single, and with one out, Díaz blasted a two-run home run. Quintana knocked a double in the next at-bat and two batters later, Nick Fortes smacked another two-run home run, giving the Jubmo Shrimp a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

Jacksonville continues their series with Nashville Thursday with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. The Jumbo Shrimp will turn to RHP Max Meyer (2-0, 1.72), and the Sounds will counter with LHP Ethan Small (2-1, 1.98). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN 690, espn690.com, and MiLB.tv.

Gates open at 6 p.m. for Budweiser Thirsty Thursday. Fans can purchase $2 (12 oz. draft) and $3 (24 oz. draft) Budweiser products on the left field berm, Oasis concession stand, and the right field bleachers. On the club’s first Miami Nights game of the season, the Jumbo Shrimp will be wearing their 2022 Miami Nights jersey. The jerseys are currently up for auction and will be awarded at the end of the 2022 campaign.

ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp offer affordable family fun at 121 Financial Ballpark. 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. The club added its second Promotional Trophy in three years following the 2019 season. The 2021 season marked the return of Triple-A baseball in Jacksonville. 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.