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RBI double in ninth inning leads Jacksonville to 5-4 win over the Misssippi Braves

A ninth inning double by Alex Glenn lead the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to a 5-4 win over the Mississippi Braves on Friday night

On a night where 7,434 fans watched Miami Marlins pitcher Jeff Locke start in yet another rehab assignment, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp got a walk-off double from Alex Glenn to beat the Mississippi Braves 5-4 at the Baseball Ground of Jacksonville on Friday night.

Locke lasted 5 1/3 innings, throwing 64 of his 87 pitches for strikes. In the first inning, Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna singled, stole second base and scored on a two-out RBI single by first baseman Joey Meneses. Locke retired the next eight in a row, including four on strikeouts. In the fifth inning, he allowed a two-out double to shortstop Dylan Moore and an RBI single by third baseman Luis Valenzuela that tied the game, 2-2. In the sixth inning, second baseman Travis Demeritte led off with a hit that got by center fielder Yefri Perez and ended as an inside-the-park solo home run for a 3-3 tie.

“We have been struggling lately,” said Glenn, was named the game’s MVP. “To get that kind of win feels pretty good.”

“I was trying to stay in the zone. Trying to relax and have fun… This crowd is amazing. Jacksonville has the best fans,” he added.

Locke allowed a single and sacrifice before exiting, having allowed seven hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.

Locke is moving closer to rejoining the Marlins in south Florida. The free agent signee has yet to pitch in a regular season game with his new team after signing a free agent contract this past offseason. Locke, who came over from Pittsburgh and could be inserted into the rotation upon his return to the main roster.

Following Locke, Jumbo Shrimp relievers Andy Beltre, Ryan Beckman, Daniel Schlereth and Esmerling De La Rosa (1-1) combined for 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit - Valenzuela's game-tying double off Beckman in the seventh inning.Following Locke, Jumbo Shrimp relievers Andy Beltre, Ryan Beckman, Daniel Schlereth and Esmerling De La Rosa (1-1) combined for 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit - Valenzuela's game-tying double off Beckman in the seventh inning. Locke lasted 5 1/3 innings, throwing 64 of his 87 pitches for strikes. In the first inning, Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna singled, stole second base and scored on a two-out RBI single by first baseman Joey Meneses. Locke retired the next eight in a row, including four on strikeouts. In the fifth inning, he allowed a two-out double to shortstop Dylan Moore and an RBI single by third baseman Luis Valenzuela that tied the game, 2-2. In the sixth inning, second baseman Travis Demeritte led off with a hit that got by center fielder Yefri Perez and ended as an inside-the-park solo home run for a 3-3 tie. Locke allowed a single and sacrifice before exiting, having allowed seven hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.

“I thought he came in and established all his pitches,” said manager Randy Ready of Locke in his first appearance in Jacksonville. “We almost got him to 90 pitches. That was the forecast.”

“He got his work in. Got them up and down. Overall I think it was a success for Jeff.”

The best thing about the outing, according to Ready was Locke came out healthy. “That’s what a rehab is all about. We got it done tonight,” he added.


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