Prospect Nicolino delivers second shutout of season

Prospect Nicolino delivers second shutout of season

Left-hander Justin Nicolino, the Marlins' No. 5 prospect, threw a shutout Tuesday and Double-A Jacksonville defeated Montgomery, 1-0. It was his second shutout this season.

Nicolino struck out four batters, walked none and scattered seven hits. He created 16 ground-ball outs and worked efficiently, needing just 92 pitches to complete the game.

While Nicolino was shutting down Montgomery's offense, Jacksonville managed little more against left-hander Grayson Garvin, the Rays' No. 18 prospect, and the Biscuits bullpen. The Suns scored the lone run of the game in the sixth inning, when Austin Nola drove in Isaac Galloway with a one-out single.

One run proved to be all the support Nicolino needed. Though he was often pitching with runners on base, he didn't allow any Biscuits to advance past second base.

With the victory, Nicolino improved to 9-3 with a 2.95 ERA. He has struck out 60 batters and walked 17 in 134 1/3 innings this season. He leads the Southern League with a 1.06 WHIP and ranks third in ERA.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.