BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (26-41) defeated the Birmingham Barons (27-39) by a 3-1 score in the second game of the five-game series at Regions Field on Thursday night.
Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher Jorge Guzman (3-6) earned the victory by pitching six innings where he allowed a run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Barons left-handed starting pitcher Tanner Banks (1-4) took the loss, working six and two-thirds innings where he allowed three runs (two earned) on 10 hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Jacksonville left-handed relief pitcher Dylan Lee earned his sixth save of the year by working a scoreless ninth.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. Birmingham's Nick Madrigal started the inning with a double, and later scored from third when Gavin Sheets reached on a fielder's choice to give the Barons a 1-0 lead. Jacksonville quickly tied the score in the top of the fifth, as Anfernee Seymour started the frame with a triple, then was brought home by Corey Bird on an RBI groundout to first to put the score at 1-1.
The game remained tied until the top of the seventh. With two outs Seymour ripped a double down the left field line. Bird again brought him home with an RBI single to put Jacksonville in front 2-1. The next batter Justin Twine reached on an error by Barons third baseman Ti'Quan Forbes, and that scored Bird from second base to grow the lead to 3-1, which would be the final.
Jeff Kinley pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings out of Jacksonville's bullpen, and Lee forced Forbes to ground into a double play to end the game in the bottom of the ninth.
The Jumbo Shrimp and Barons will continue their series with the third game of the five-game set on Friday night at 8:05 p.m. eastern. Right-handed pitcher Cody Poteet (3-2, 2.49 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Birmingham right-handed pitcher Lincoln Henzman (0-1, 9.28 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 7:50 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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