Tomshaw, Shrimp win 2-0 shutout over Soroka, Braves

Austin Dean homers, Jumbo Shrimp add run in inning with Friday bat dog Sgt. Scampi of K9s for Warriors

Matt Tomshaw is tied for second in the Southern League and has tied his career high with 11 wins this season. (Jim Brady)

By Marco LaNave / Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp | August 11, 2017 10:47 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp left-hander Matt Tomshaw pitched seven scoreless innings for his team-high 11th victory, and left fielder Austin Dean hit a first-inning home run in a 2-0 win over the Mississippi Braves before 6,485 saw NAPA AutoCare Family Fireworks on Red Shirt Friday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

 

Jax Jumbo Shrimp Highlights - August 11, 2017

 

In a duel of All-Stars entering Friday with 10-6 records, Tomshaw faced Braves right-hander Mike Soroka, who entered with a league-best 2.69 ERA. Each had no-decisions with seven-inning starts in a 3-2 Braves win July 25 in Mississippi.

 

After Tomshaw (11-6) pitched a perfect top of the first inning, Jacksonville (23-23 second half, 53-63 overall) took the lead with Dean's one-out solo home run to the left-field berm off Soroka (10-7).

 

Navy Mutual MVP of the Game - Austin Dean

  

In the bottom of the third inning - when Sgt. Scampi from local nonprofit K9s for Warriors weekly serves as the bat dog for the Jumbo Shrimp - shortstop KC Serna hit a leadoff double down the left-field line. Tomshaw's sacrifice bunt went back to Soroka, but Serna beat the tag at third base. Center fielder Braxton Lee then battled Soroka for 10 pitches, including six two-strike foul balls, and lined an RBI single to left field for a 2-0 lead. Soroka scattered two more singles after that point, finishing six innings with two earned runs on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

 

Mississippi (13-32, 47-68) came closest to scoring in the fourth inning. Shortstop Dylan Moore and third baseman Austin Riley hit consecutive singles, before Tomshaw threw out first baseman Joey Meneses on a ground ball to the third-base side of the mound. With the tying runs in scoring position, left fielder Keith Curcio lifted a fly ball to left-center field, where Lee caught it and recorded his Southern League-leading 14th outfield assist with a throw on the fly to catcher Cam Maron to tag out Moore and end the inning.

  

Randy Ready Postgame vs. Mississippi 8/11/17

  

Tomshaw escaped a bases-loaded, sixth-inning jam with an infield popup and finished the seventh inning with consecutive strikeouts to strand a runner at third base. He scattered five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Right-hander Clayton Mortensen began both the eighth and ninth innings with walks but tallied five strikeouts over the last two innings to earn his team-high sixth save, securing Tomshaw's 11th win that tied his career high and is tied for second in the Southern League.

 

UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp continue their series with Mississippi at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, when Jacksonville right-hander Trevor Richards (3-4) is scheduled to face Braves left-hander Tyler Pike (0-5). Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Swisher International Bowling Shirt Giveaway, when the first 1,000 fans receive a Jumbo Shrimp bowling shirt courtesy of Swisher International.

 

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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