The Jumbo Shrimp started a 10-game homestand Thursday night with their sixth consecutive home loss.


The Jumbo Shrimp, who lost all five games to Biloxi in their last homestand, had a 4-0 lead going into the fifth inning when the Mississippi Braves exploded for five runs en route to a 6-4 victory before 6,701 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The five-run rally started with a throwing error by third baseman Brian Anderson – his second in the last two games — and was capped by Carlos Franco’s grand slam. Four of the five runs in the inning were unearned because of Anderson’s error.

Anderson is also struggling at the plate, as he went 0 for 4 as his average dropped to .215.

The Jumbo Shrimp are in last place in the Southern Division South Division with a 15-26 record.

Jumbo Shrimp starter Joe Gunkel blanked the Braves for the first four innings but was knocked out during the Braves’ five-run fifth inning.

The rally started when Connor Lien reached first with one out on Anderson’s throwing error.

After starting pitcher Mike Soroka put down a sacrifice to send Lien to second, Lien scored on Luis Valenzuela’s double. Gunkel then walked the next two batters to load the bases. James Buckelew came in to face Franco, the cleanup hitter, with two out.

Buckelew threw nine pitches to Franco – two strikes, three balls and three pitches that Franco fouled off.

Franco then hit the ninth pitch for a 420-foot grand slam to right that put the Braves ahead 5-4. It was Franco’s 11th homer and gave him 38 RBI for the season. It was the Braves’ first grand slam of the year.

The Braves added an insurance run in the ninth inning on a solo homer by Dylan Moore off reliever Tyler Higgins.

Soroka blanked the Jumbo Shrimp in the fifth inning and got the win despite allowing four runs and six hits.

Two relievers, Jason Hursh and Bradley Roney, then each pitched two scoreless innings of relief to nail down the victory, and Roney got the save.

The Jumbo Shrimp built a 4-0 lead in the first four innings against Soroka.

In the first inning, Alex Yarbrough reached on an error, moved to third on David Vidal’s single and scored on Anderson’s grounder. The Jumbo Shrimp loaded the bases on a single by John Norwood and a walk, but Cal Towey lined out to third to end the inning.

In the third inning, Anderson walked and Norwood singled and they both scored on Alex Glenn’s triple. Glenn tried to score on Austin Nola’s grounder to short but was thrown out at home play.

Vidal then hit a solo homer in the fourth inning to make it 4-0.

The Jumbo Shrimp announced that two players, relievers Greg Nappo and Kyle Lobstein, were sent up to Triple A New Orleans.

To replace them, the Jumbo Shrimp called up pitchers Andy Beltre and Daniel Schlereth, the son of former NFL standout offensive lineman and TV analyst Mark Schlereth, from High A Jupiter. The Jumbo Shrimp also reinstated Tayron Guerrero from the disabled list and sent him to Jupiter.

In the second game of the five-game series Friday night, the Jumbo Shrimp will send Jeff Locke (0-0) in a major-league rehab start against Kolby Allard.