BILOXI, Miss. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (54-59, 25-18) defeated the Biloxi Shuckers (66-47, 25-18) by a 3-1 score in the fourth game of the five-game series at MGM Park on Sunday night.
The win gives Jacksonville series victory in Biloxi, with the Shrimp taking three of the first four games of the series. Jacksonville also moves into a first place tie with Biloxi in the second half South Division standings, and the Shrimp have an opportunity to leave Biloxi tomorrow with sole possession of first place with a win Monday.
Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher and Marlins No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez (8-4) picked up his fifth straight victory. Sanchez worked six scoreless innings, allowing five hits with two walks and three strikeouts, and his last 19 innings on the mound have been scoreless.
Biloxi right-handed starting pitcher Alec Bettinger (5-7) took the loss, working seven innings where he allowed three runs (all earned) on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jacksonville right-handed relief pitcher Tommy Eveld earned his fourth save with a scoreless bottom of the ninth.
The first three innings were scoreless before Jacksonville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single by Riley Mahan. Jazz Chisholm powered out a solo home run to left field in the top of the sixth inning to grow Jacksonville's lead to 2-0. Santiago Chavez joined the fun in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI double to right field to make it 3-0 Jacksonville.
Going up against Jacksonville right-handed relief pitcher Josh Roeder in the bottom of the seventh, the Shuckers got on the scoreboard with a Max McDowell RBI double to cut Jacksonville's lead to 3-1, which would be the final score.
The Jumbo Shrimp will finish their five-game series with the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park at 7:35 p.m. eastern on Monday night. Left-handed pitcher Trevor Rogers (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Biloxi right-handed pitcher Dylan File (7-1, 2.79 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 7:20 p.m. eastern with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" locally on Sunny 102.3 FM, on the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
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