Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jumbo Shrimp Salvage Doubleheader Split; Anderson's Homer, Kickham's Pitching Key to Jacksonville's Victory

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jumbo Shrimp Salvage Doubleheader Split; Anderson's Homer, Kickham's Pitching Key to Jacksonville's Victory

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Byline: Jeff Elliott

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp wore red jerseys in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Montgomery Biscuits with the hope it would end the bleeding of five consecutive losses.

It worked.

Brian Anderson belted his 10th home run of the season to back a complete-game performance from left-hander Mike Kickham as the Jumbo Shrimp (25-35) ended their losing ways with a 1-0 win over the Biscuits in front of 4,972 fans at the Baseball Grounds.

Montgomery (34-26) had won its fifth consecutive game earlier in the day when the Biscuits scored three runs in the first inning and hung on for a 3-2 win.

Kickham was masterful in evening his record at 3-3 and lowering his ERA to 2.43, currently the fifth lowest mark in the Southern League. The complete-game effort was the first of its kind by a Shrimp pitcher this year. He allowed four hits, no walks, three strikeouts and was backed by sterling plays in the infield by Anderson at third base and shortstop Rehiner Cordova.

"That's what I'm looking for, that consistency of doing this over and over," Kickam said. "That's how you advance levels and that's how you stick at the highest level. I've been there and I know that first-hand. You're not always going to have your best stuff, so you have to make some tweaks here and there."

Kickham did have close to his best stuff in this game. It marked the fifth game in a row in which he's allowed four or fewer hits and was his seventh consecutive outing in which he's held opponents to one or no runs.

"I threw a ton of cutters tonight and was moving it around on their batters," he said. "I'm going to exploit that when it's working like that. I didn't need to go to anything else. I'm going to throw to my strength and that's cutting the ball inside, especially to righties."

Kickham coasted through the first five innings, throwing just 53 pitches (36 strikes) and allowing just two hits - an infield single and a bloop single into center. …

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