Blue Wahoos take 2-0 lead with 6-3 win over Jumbo Shrimp

Best-of-five Southern League South Division Championship Series will decide a Southern League Co-Champion

David Vidal hit a two-run, ninth-inning home run for the first-ever Jumbo Shrimp postseason home run. (Gabe Demps)

By Marco LaNave / Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp | September 7, 2017 9:52 PM ET

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Pensacola Blue Wahoos hit three home runs, and right-hander Jose Lopez allowed one run in eight innings for a 6-3 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in Game Two of the best-of-five Southern League South Division Championship Series at Blue Wahoos Stadium Thursday night.


The Blue Wahoos took the lead in the bottom of the second inning against Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw. Left fielder Josh VanMeter doubled down the first-base line off the glove of Miami Marlins rehabbing first baseman Justin Bour. First baseman Gavin LaValley then hit a two-run home run to berm in right-center field. Right fielder Aristides Aquino walked and scored after consecutive singles by catcher Joe Hudson and shortstop Blake Trahan, making it 3-0.


The Jumbo Shrimp answered with a third-inning run against Pensacola right-hander Jose Lopez. Center fielder Braxton Lee hit a two-out double down the left-field line and scored on left fielder Austin Dean's RBI single to left field.


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Tomshaw completed five innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Right-hander Ben Meyer followed with his first Southern League appearance. Blue Wahoos third baseman Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-out solo home run to right field to make it 4-1. In the seventh inning, left fielder Gabriel Guerrero walked, and VanMeter homered to right field to extend the edge to 6-1. Left-hander Miguel Del Pozo pitched a scoreless eighth inning.


After Lopez retired the last 12 batters he faced, Blue Wahoos right-hander Robert Stock allowed a ninth-inning, two-out walk to Bour, who was 0-for-2 with two walks and is 4-for-14 with a home run in five games with Jacksonville. Third baseman David Vidal hit a two-run home run to left field to make it 6-3. Stock fanned catcher Cam Maron for the final out.


On Wednesday, due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma, the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced that the 2017 BC® Powder Southern League Championship Series had been canceled. Each of the winners of the best-of-five North and South Division Series will be declared Co-Champions for the 2017 Southern League season.


UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp's 2017 playoff run presented by Community First Credit Union continues with Game Three of the best-of-five South Division Championship Series in Pensacola at 2:05 p.m. Friday, when Jacksonville right-hander Trevor Richards is scheduled to face Blue Wahoos right-hander Austin Ross. Fans can listen to playoff games on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 1:50 p.m. Friday with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" locally on FM 100.3 The Biz and AM 1600, on the TuneIn Radio app, and


ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are beginning a new era of affordable family fun with the 2017 season presented by Community First Credit Union at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With a new lineup of ticket and group options, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visiting

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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