JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Chattanooga Lookouts catcher Jose Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs to help his team take its first lead in four games on the way to a 10-1 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Saturday night in front of 8,821 - adding to the highest-attended opening series (37,570) in the 15-year history of the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Jumbo Shrimp left-hander Mike Kickham (0-1) was perfect through 10 batters and escaped a bases-loaded jam for a scoreless fourth inning. In the fifth inning, he began with a walk to Gonzalez and single by third baseman Ryan Walker to begin the inning. After a strikeout and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position, Lookouts shortstop Nick Gordon hit a two-run single to center field. In his Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville debut, Kickham finished five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
In the sixth inning, Jacksonville right-hander Hunter Adkins walked left fielder Travis Harrison and right fielder LaMonte Wade with two outs, before Gonzalez drove a three-run home run to the left-field berm for a 5-0 Chattanooga lead.
Lookouts right-hander Felix Jorge (1-0) pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out four batters while allowing three hits and three walks. He yielded an earned run in the sixth inning when Jacksonville center fielder Jeremias Pineda singled and came around to score on third baseman Brian Anderson's groundout.
While Lookouts right-handers Luke Bard (2 1/3 innings) and Nick Burdi (one inning) combined for scoreless relief of Jorge, the Lookouts extended their lead in the final two innings against Jumbo Shrimp right-hander Ryan Beckman in his Jumbo Shrimp debut. Shortstop Engelb Vielma hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Gonzalez added an RBI single amid a three-run ninth inning that capped the scoring of the 10-1 Lookouts win.
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UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp conclude their inaugural home series with Chattanooga at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, when Jacksonville right-hander Chris Mazza (0-1) is scheduled to face Lookouts right-hander Paul Clemens (0-0). Gates open at 2 p.m. for Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday, when kids and their families can play pregame catch on the field, followed by an Easter Sunday Candy Hunt. Dora the Explorer will be at the ballpark, and kids can get FREE face painting and balloon animals. Following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases.
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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