JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp right fielder John Norwood and third baseman Brian Anderson hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run first inning, enough to keep their team ahead for the rest of a 5-3 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts in front of 8,249 - with those named Chuck, Charles and Taylor entering free on Chuck Taylor Night - at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Thursday night.
Jacksonville (4-3) opened the bottom of the first inning against Lookouts starter and former Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tracy (0-1) with second baseman Yefri Perez reaching safely on a throwing error by Chattanooga shortstop Engelb Vielma. Norwood promptly hit his first home run of the year to the berm in front of the left-field scoreboard for a 2-0 Jumbo Shrimp lead. Anderson followed with his first homer of the season toward the Budweiser Tiki Terrace down the left-field line. With two outs, the Jumbo Shrimp hit four straight singles - by Jumbo Shrimp shortstop Alex Yarbrough, first baseman Taylor Ard, catcher Austin Nola and center fielder Jeremias Pineda. Nola's drove in a run, and Pineda's infield single ball was thrown past third base by third baseman Dan Gamache to score the inning's fifth run.
Facing the affiliate of his former organization, the Minnesota Twins, Jumbo Shrimp left-hander Matt Tomshaw (1-1) kept the visitors scoreless until two outs in the fifth inning, when a passed ball by Nola scored center fielder Tanner English, who had doubled with one out in the inning. Tomshaw completed five innings with four strikeouts.
Jumbo Shrimp relievers combined to keep the score 5-1 until the ninth inning, when Lookouts first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and catcher Dan Rohlfing hit back-to-back home runs to right field against right-hander Tayron Guerrero. After walks to the next two batters, right-hander Hunter Adkins entered to retire the final three batters for his first save.
UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp continue their inaugural home series with Chattanooga at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when Jacksonville right-hander Omar Bencomo (1-0) is scheduled to face Lookouts right-hander Fernando Romero (0-1). Fans may visit any participating NAPA AutoCare Center to get a FREE general admission ticket for the game, which will be followed by NAPA AutoCare Family Fireworks. The Jumbo Shrimp will wear "Bold City" red jerseys for Red Shirt Friday, when fans who wear red to support the military can save $1 per ticket at the box office or have the $1 donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Gates open at 6 p.m. with Miller Lite and Wild Wing Café Happy Hour beer specials until 7:30 p.m. in the new Craft Cave inside the third-base gate. Fans can bring nonperishable food items for the St. Vincent's Medical Mission at Home Food Drive to be entered to win a $25 Visa gift card and four Jumbo Shrimp tickets.
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 www.jaxshrimp.com.
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