CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. | Monday was a good day for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s John Norwood.
In the morning, the right fielder was named the Southern League Player of the Week. A few hours later, he helped the Jumbo Shrimp (12-13) erase a six-run deficit and rally for a 9-6 victory to salvage the final game of a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts (19-6).
Norwood reached base on all five at-bats - four walks and a single - and scored three runs. Dustin Geiger provided the game-winning hit with a three-run double in the fifth as Jacksonville stormed back from a 6-0 deficit.
The Jumbo Shrimp, who lost the first four games in the series, had 16 hits in the game, including a season-high six doubles. Geiger had a pair of doubles and four RBI in the game. Braxton Lee, Austin Dean and Rodrigo Vigil had three hits apiece.
Joe Gunkel (3-6) got the win with two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief. Randy LeBlanc (3-4), the second of four Chattanooga pitchers, took the loss. Clayton Mortensen pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his fourth save of the season.
Norwood won the league’s weekly award by hitting .370 (10-for-27) with three home runs and five RBI, including a walk-off home run last Wednesday against Biloxi. His 15 home runs are tied for second in the Southern League.
In his first Double-A season, Norwood, 24, began Monday tied for third in the Southern League with 90 games played and fourth with 147 total bases.
Norwood was signed by the Miami Marlins as a non-drafted free agent in August 2014, two months after his go-ahead home run in the third game of the College World Series led Vanderbilt to its first NCAA championship.
The Jumbo Shrimp have a day off Tuesday before beginning a five-game homestand against Tennessee on Wednesday night.