PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (5-7) fell to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (9-3) by a 7-4 score in the second game of the five-game series at Blue Wahoos Stadium on Tuesday night.
Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, in the first game of his major league rehab assignment with the Jumbo Shrimp, went 1-for-4 with a run scored, and singled in his final at-bat of the night in the seventh inning.
A bases-loaded walk to Brian O'Grady from Jumbo Shrimp reliever Tyler Kinley broke a 4-4 tie with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, before the Blue Wahoos added two more runs in the inning to get the three-run victory. After rallying to tie the game with a four-run sixth inning, Jacksonville left eight men on base in the final four innings of the game.
Wahoos reliever Geoff Broussard (1-0) earned the win by getting the final out in the top of the eighth inning, as Jacksonville stranded the bases loaded in that inning. Jumbo Shrimp reliever Tyler Bremer (0-1) took the loss, as he left the game with injury in the eighth and Kinley allowed the inherited runners to score. Jimmy Herget worked the ninth inning in scoreless fashion to get his Southern League-best sixth save of the young season.
After a scoreless first, the Wahoos scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. First Aristides Aquino delivered an RBI single, before their starting pitcher Luis Castillo had a sacrifice fly to score Aquino to put Pensacola ahead 2-0. An inning later in the bottom of the third, Aquino hit his second RBI single, making it 3-0 Pensacola.
Wahoos center fielder Brian O'Grady homered in the second straight night, as he had a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the fourth to grow the lead to 4-0.
After Castillo worked the first five innings in scoreless fashion, he ran into trouble in the sixth. Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a fielding error by the shortstop Blake Trahern to start the inning, and then Brian Anderson followed with an RBI double to cut Pensacola's lead to 4-1. John Norwood would follow with a two-run homer to left field to make it a 4-3 ballgame, and end Castillo's time on the mound. Jacksonville tied the game on a pinch-hit RBI single by Alex Yarbrough to make it a 4-4 game.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth. Pensacola pinch-hitter Leon Landry hit a line drive off Bremer on the mound to load the bases. After Bremer was taken out due to injury, Kinley walked O'Grady to give Pensacola a 5-4 lead. Josh VanMeter followed with a two-run single to left to put Pensacola's lead at 7-4, which would be the final.
The Jumbo Shrimp and Blue Wahoos will continue their series with the third game of the five-game series on Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. ET. Right-handed pitcher Omar Bencomo (2-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Pensacola right-hander Keury Mella (0-2, 10.80 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 7:20 p.m. ET with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" on FM 100.3 & AM 1600 The Biz, the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
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