Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wild Win for Jumbo Shrimp; Team Blows 10-2 Lead, but Rallies for Victory in Ninth

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wild Win for Jumbo Shrimp; Team Blows 10-2 Lead, but Rallies for Victory in Ninth

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Jumbo Shrimp manager Randy Ready couldn't explain why, but he had a feeling that some strange things were going to happen Monday at the Baseball Grounds.

"Even at the start of the game, it had a weird smell to it,'' Ready said after the Jumbo Shrimp turned a laugher into a nail-biting 12-11 victory over the Mobile Bay Bears.

"I even made a comment after an inning, 'stay tuned boys,''' Ready said after the game. "Intuition or whatever, I knew it was going to get crazy and it did. It's not that easy to forecast, but I thought we'd see some crazy plays. Eventually, we ended up on top. It would have been a tough pill to swallow (if they lost).''

It was such a strange game that each team had a grand slam, and the Jumbo Shrimp blew a 10-2 lead and fell behind 11-10.

They tied it at 11 in the eighth inning and won it in the ninth before a businessperson-special crowd of 2,372.

Monday day games, especially with school in session, are not particularly popular. But on this day, the early start mattered.

With two out and Yefri Perez on first in the ninth, Brian Anderson, who homered in the eighth to tie it, hit a deep drive to centerfield. In a night game, it probably would have been an easy out, but centerfielder Zach Welz appeared to lose the ball in the sun. It fell in for a double that scored Perez to end the game.

Ready lauded the BayBears for coming back from an eight-run deficit with four runs in the seventh on Jose Briceno's grand slam and five more in the eighth when Briceno had a two-run single.

"Credit to those guys,'' Ready said. "They came right back and took the lead, and we silenced them.''

If the Jumbo Shrimp bullpen hadn't been rocked for nine runs, leftfielder Aaron Glenn would have been the star of the game.

After robbing Zach Houchins of a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning with a spectacular catch, Glenn hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to start an eight run explosion that gave the Jumbo Shrimp an 8-2 lead.

"A great grab,'' Ready said of Glenn's leaping catch above the wall.

In the bottom of the inning, Glenn came to bat with the bases loaded after BayBears starter Jake Jewell walked Anderson, and gave up singles to John Norwood and David Vidal, who had three hits. …

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