JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp right-hander Omar Bencomo pitched six shutout innings, and three relievers combined with him for a 4-0 shutout of the Chattanooga Lookouts in front of 10,023 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on the first Red Shirt Friday and NAPA AutoCare Family Fireworks Night of the season.
Playing before a Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville-record 28,749 fans through the season's first three home games, the Jumbo Shrimp (5-3) have their first three-game winning streak and clinched their first series win over the Lookouts (3-5).
Facing his former club for the first time, Bencomo (2-0) only allowed one baserunner to reach second base in six innings. He allowed four hits, walked one batter and struck out six, and he has not allowed a run in 11 total innings this season.
or a second straight night, Jacksonville took a first-inning lead. Against right-hander Fernando Romero (0-2), third baseman Brian Anderson and designated hitter David Vidal drew consecutive two-out walks, and left fielder Alex Glenn hit an RBI double to right field. In the second inning, shortstop KC Serna walked, went to third base on center fielder Jeremias Pineda's double and scored on second baseman Yefri Perez's RBI groundout. In the third inning, Anderson walked and later scored on catcher Cam Maron's two-out single that ended Romero's night after 2 2/3 innings. Perez added an eighth-inning RBI single against left-hander Mason Melotakis for the final run.
The Lookouts loaded the bases with three walks in the seventh inning against left-hander Victor Payano before Jacksonville right-hander Tyler Kinley escaped the inning. Kinley loaded the bases in the eighth inning but kept the Lookouts scoreless, and right-hander Tyler Bremer worked around a hit and walk for a shutout ninth inning and his first save.
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UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp continue their inaugural home series with Chattanooga at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, when Jacksonville left-hander Mike Kickham (0-0) is scheduled to face Lookouts right-hander Felix Jorge (0-0). Gates open at 5 p.m. with the Darley's Plumbing Rally Towel Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans. The Fur Circus characters Rizzo, Buddy, Myles and Splash will have a pregame performance, in-game skits and a free autograph session after the game. The World's Oldest Operating Skatepark, Kona Skate Ramp, will have a Skate Ramp outside the home plate 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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