JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp first baseman Eric Jagielo hit a two-run home run, and right-hander Nick Neidert went five innings for his first Southern League win to lead a 7-2 victory over the Mobile BayBears in front of 5,328 at the season's first Budweiser Thirsty Thursday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Shortly after Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack threw the ceremonial first pitch to Jumbo Shrimp pitcher Max Duval, Jacksonville (3-4) took a lead in the bottom of the first inning. Designated hitter John Norwood hit a two-out infield single against BayBears right-hander Luis Pena (0-1), Jagielo homered to right field to make it 2-0.
Mobile (3-4) answered in the top of the second inning against Neidert (1-0). Left fielder Zach Gibbons hit a two-out single, stole second base and scored on right fielder Brendon Sanger's RBI single. In the bottom of the inning, the Jumbo Shrimp got the run back. Center fielder Monte Harrison walked, stole second and third bases, and scored on right fielder Kyle Barrett's RBI single to right field, extending a 3-1 lead.
The teams traded lone runs in the fourth inning. BayBears shortstop Hutton Moyer singled, stole second base, advanced on catcher Michael Barash's groundout and scored on Gibbons' RBI single. Jumbo Shrimp catcher Rodrigo Vigil walked, went to third base on shortstop Chris Diaz's single, and scored on Barrett's groundout for a 4-2 Jumbo Shrimp edge.
Neidert went five innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Right-hander Jorgan Cavanerio worked around a double and walk in the sixth inning and lasted 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Left-hander Jose Quijada pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. After four walks, two wild pitches, a hit and an error led to three eighth-inning runs off BayBears left-hander Jonah Wesely, Jacksonville right-hander Marcus Crescentini pitched a perfect ninth inning.
UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp continue their home-opening series with Mobile at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when Jacksonville right-hander Jeff Brigham (1-0) is scheduled to face BayBears right-hander Ivan Pineyro (0-0). Fans may visit any participating NAPA AutoCare Center to get a FREE general admission ticket (reserved seat upgrade available at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville box office) for the game, which concludes with NAPA AutoCare Family Fireworks. 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. The Friday Night Lites Miller Lite Happy Hour offers $1 12-oz. Miller Lite beers and $1 off craft beer specials in the Craft Cave near the third-base gates until 7:30 p.m. The game is presented by 96.1 WEJZ.
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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