JACKSON, Tenn. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (0-2) fell to the Jackson Generals (2-0) by a 14-6 score in the second game of a five-game series at The Ballpark at Jackson on Friday night.
Jacksonville right-handed relief pitcher Kolton Mahoney (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs (both unearned) on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Jackson relief pitcher Joel Payamps (1-0) earned the win, allowing a run in his three innings of relief work.
The early innings were back and forth between the clubs. Jacksonville's Colby Lusignan gave the Jumbo Shrimp a first inning lead with an RBI double to put the lead at 1-0. The Generals responded with a two-run second to lead 2-1. Jacksonville starting pitcher Nick Neidert in his first professional at bat tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the second inning with an RBI single. With two outs in the top of the second, John Norwood gave Jacksonville a 4-2 lead with his two-run double.
The Generals got a run back off Neidert in the bottom of the third with a solo home run by Matt Jones to cut the lead to 4-3. Jackson tied the game an inning later, with Jamie Westbrook bringing in a run on a groundout to second base to even the score at 4-4. Jackson broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth, as Galli Cribbs hit a two-run homer to put the Generals ahead 6-4. An error by Jackson left fielder Jay Gonzalez on a ball hit by Isan Diaz in the top of the sixth scored a run to make it a 6-5 score. The Generals responded with a four-run bottom of the sixth off Jacksonville reliever Jorgan Cavanerio, highlighted by RBI singles from Marty Herum and Cribbs, then a Gonzalez two-run triple put Jackson's lead at 10-5.
With the bases loaded for Jacksonville in the top of the eighth, a catcher's interference call on Jones with the bases loaded allowed Norwood to reach safely to score Austin Dean from third base to cut the lead to 10-6. The Generals had another four run inning in the bottom of the eighth off Jacksonville reliever Jose Pena, with Jones hitting his second homer of the night, then Westbrook's two-run double capped the scoring at 14-6.
Barrett shined at the plate for Jacksonville, going 4-for-5 in the leadoff spot of Jacksonville's order. Norwood also drove in three runs, and has four RBI through the first two games of the year. The game featured the first Double-A hits for Lusignan, Davis, Brain Schales, and Neidert.
Neidert, the Marlins No. 10 prospect according to MLB.com, pitched three and two-thirds innings in his Marlins organization debut, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
The Jumbo Shrimp and Generals will continue their series with the third game of the five-game set on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. eastern. Right-handed pitcher Jeff Brigham (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Jackson right-handed pitcher Sam Lewis (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 6:50 p.m. with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" locally on Sunny 102.3 FM, on the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
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