Suns Fall Short to Smokies 4-3

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) were topped by the Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60) 4-3 Sunday night from Smokies Stadium.

Felix Pena (W, 6-8) worked seven frames in his start for Tennessee surrendering three runs (two earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out six. Suns starter Jarlin Garcia (L, 0-3) lasted six innings allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits (one home run) while walking two and striking out three. Starling Peralta (S, 5) nailed down the save after generating a scoreless ninth.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second, after Viosergy Rosa led off with a walk, to then get knocked home courtesy of Terrence Dayleg’s RBI double that leaped the Suns in front 1-0. Next batter Ryan Rieger, then lofted a run-scoring sacrifice fly into center, plating Dayleg, and making it a 2-0 contest.

In the last of the second back-to-back singles placed a pair of runners on for Stephen Bruno’s RBI single that sent home a runner, and a fielding error on Suns left fielder Ryan Rieger on the same play, scratched across the tying run. With Bruno now on third, next batter Anthony Giansanti rolled a run-scoring groundout to shortstop to leap Tennessee ahead 3-2.

In the top of the third Kenny Wilson reached via a lead off single, to then steal second, and move to third on an error. It was Elliot Soto who generated a RBI sacrifice fly that scored Wilson, and knotting the score at three.

Flashing to the last of the sixth frame, Jeimer Candelario (HR, 4) blasted a two-out solo home run over the left field wall to move the Smokies ahead 4-3.

Josh Hodges turned in a scoreless seventh for the Suns out of the bullpen. Raudel Lazo after entering in the eighth tossed a scoreless frame in relief for Jacksonville.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Monday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.31 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Ryan Williams (9-2, 3.00 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

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Othman to Disabled List / Hoo to Jacksonville

Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

KODAK, Tenn. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium at 5:05 p.m.

Catcher Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 28, with a lower back strain. Othman, a 2015 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .238 with three homers and 28 RBI in 83 games played this season.

In a corresponding move, catcher Chris Hoo has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. Hoo has spent all of 2015 with the Hammerheads, hitting .201 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 86 games played. Hoo was selected by the Marlins in the 27th round of the 2014 draft from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

This is the first call-up to Double-A for Hoo, and he becomes the first member of the 2014 Marlins draft class to reach this level.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Sunday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 5:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-2, 5.84 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Felix Pena (5-8, 3.97 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM & 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special 
“Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 4:35 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Suns Look to Get Back on Winning Track

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-38, 53-78) will try to stop a three-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Tennessee Smokies (32-30, 71-60) at 5:05 p.m. ET from Smokies Stadium.

After seven and a half frames of play the Suns would hold a 3-2 lead last night after a run-scoring single off the bat of Viosergy Rosa, and a bases loaded walk to Elliot Soto. With a win, Jacksonville could have picked up only their sixth win when trailing after six innings. The club has struggled to come back in the latter third of ballgames, controlling an 0-64 mark when trailing after seven, and an 0-68 record when falling behind after eighth frames of play.

The tough times on the road continue for JAX after last night’s two-run loss. The Suns are now 21 games under the .500 away from Bragan Field this year, which accounts for the most amount of games under .500 on the road in all of the Southern League.

Tonight with a loss the Suns can obtain their 20th series loss of the season, and their 11th post all-star break. Jacksonville has only come up on the winning end in three of their 14 road series played in 2015. Also on the line, includes second-ranked Marlins prospect according to MLB.com Jarlin Garcia, trying to earn his first Double-A victory in his professional career.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Jarlin Garcia to be opposed by Tennessee righty Felix Pena. Garcia enters this start 0-2 attached with a 5.84 ERA in five starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/24 against Birmingham, in which the southpaw would work in three frames surrendering seven runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out two in an 82-pitch effort. In the month of August, he has made four trips to the hill, and manufactured an ERA north of five. Prior to his call up to the Double-A level with Jacksonville, he was a Mid-Season Florida State League All-Star after posting a 3-5 mark attached with a 3.06 ERA in 18 starts. He enters tonight as the Marlins second-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, and was the lone representative of the Marlins farm system in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures game in Cincinnati. Garcia was a former minor-league free agent signing of the Marlins in May of 2011.

Pena takes the ball 5-8 while sporting a 3.97 ERA in 23 games and 21 starts for Tennessee. His last start came on 8/25 against Chattanooga, in which he would garner a no decision in six frames on the mound allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out four in a no decision. The righty has faced a rough second half of the season, posting an 0-6 mark saddled with an ERA of 5.21 after 11 appearances and nine starts. The 25-year old has earned Mid-Season All-Star honors in his last three years of professional baseball with Kane County (A), Daytona (A+), and Tennessee (AA). Pena was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cubs organization in the 2009 offseason.

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-38, 53-78) @ Tennessee Smokies (32-30, 71-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Felix Pena (5-8, 3.97 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Jarlin Garcia (0-2, 5.84 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in 12 of his last 16 starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last seven games has generated a .389 batting mark attached with three RBI and two runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa has tallied three home runs and nine RBI in his last 10 games.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (66) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fifth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fifth-best on-base percentage (.391).

Suns Topped by Smokies 5-3

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

 

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-38, 53-78) were topped by the Tennessee Smokies (32-30, 71-60) 5-3 courtesy of a multi home run performance by Ryan Dent Saturday night from Smokies Stadium.

Starling Peralta (W, 3-1) earned the victory for Tennessee in a scoreless third of an inning in relief. Tyler Higgins (BS, 1) (L, 0-2) took the loss out of the Suns bullpen in a third of an inning allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits (one home run) while not walking or striking out a batter. PJ Francescon (S, 22) tossed a scoreless ninth in relief for Tennessee en route to a save.

In the top of the first the Suns got on the board after Kenny Wilson led off the frame with a ground rule double, to then get knocked home by Matt Juengel’s RBI single pushing Jacksonville ahead 1-0.

In the last of the second frame, Tennessee generated runners on the corners for Pierce Johnson’s RBI squeeze bunt that tied the game at one.

Flashing to the bottom of the fourth, and Ryan Dent (HR, 3) blasted a solo home run to left centerfield that moved the Smokies in front 2-1.

In the top of the eighth the Suns generated runners on the corners with one out, against Smokies bullpen arm Corey Black. Viosergy Rosa then brought home the tying run after his RBI single sent home Wilson from third. After a walk to Eudy Pina loaded the bases, a walk generated by Elliot Soto leaped the Suns ahead 3-2.

Moving to the last of the eighth, the Smokies placed two runners on now facing Suns reliever Tyler Higgins. Dent (HR, 4) then lashed his second home run of the night, a two-run shot, which moved Tennessee ahead 5-3.

Scott Lyman in his start for the Suns lasted six frames allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits (one home run) while walking and striking out two. Alex Burgos out of the bullpen for the Suns worked an inning and two-thirds scoreless innings relinquishing two hits while not allowing a walk and not striking out a batter.

Smokies starter Pierce Johnson lasted seven frames surrendering one run (earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out eight.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Sunday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 5:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-2, 5.84 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Felix Pena (5-8, 3.97 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM & 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 4:35 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest:

Suns and Smokies Continue Series Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) will square off with the Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60) in game two of their series tonight from Smokies Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET.

In last night’s 7-0 loss in the opener, the Suns are now 8-13 overall in games featuring a shutout, and 3-5 in the second half. The last time the club was shutout in a standard nine-inning contest came on 7/7 in a 5-0 loss to Birmingham.

After the loss last night, Jacksonville this year in series openers has now fallen to an overall record of 17-11, and 8-6 in the second half of the year in ‘lid-lifters.’ Lately the club has dropped three out of their last four series startups.

Former Smokie, and current Sun, Elliot Soto finished last night’s return to Smokies Stadium 0-for-3. Prior to coming over to the Marlins organization in a deal that sent veteran starter Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs, he posted a .275 average along with 18 RBI in 88 games with Tennessee.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Tennessee righty Pierce Johnson. Lyman takes the ball 1-9 alongside a 6.72 ERA in 13 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/23 against Birmingham, in which he took the loss in five innings allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits while walking three and striking out two in a 91-pitch effort. His lone career Double-A winning decision came on 8/15 against Jackson in a six-inning performance. In the month of August he’s posted an earned-run mark north of seven in four starts. Prior to his call up to Jacksonville on 6/10, the 25-year old was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads finishing 7-1 with an ERA of 1.61 over 11 starts. The native of California is a former 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California-Davis.

Johnson will take the ball 6-2 attached with a 2.22 ERA in 14 starts with the Smokies. His last start came on 8/24 against Chattanooga, in which he took the loss after six frames relinquishing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out five in a 89-pitch performance. Post all-star break, he’s generated an ERA south of three attached with a 5-2 mark. Johnson entered the Cubs organization as a first round (43rd overall) draft pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Missouri State University. The 24-year old in his career, sports a 2.56 ERA in 63 games and 60 starts.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) @ Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Pierce Johnson (6-2, 2.22 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (1-9, 6.72 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Terrence Dayleg finished a perfect 3-for-3 accompanied with a home run on Sunday night. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in eleven of his last fifteen starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .400 batting mark attached with three RBI and three runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa now has three home runs and eight RBI in his last 10 games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (64) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fifth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fifth-best on-base percentage (.390).

Suns Shutout by Smokies 7-0

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns 

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) were shutout by the Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60) 7-0 Friday night from Smokies Stadium.

Andres Santiago (W, 3-5) finished eight innings scoreless allowing two hits while not walking a batter and striking out six. while Suns starter Chipper Smith (L, 3-4) lasted five frames allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out seven.

The Smokies started their threat at the plate in the bottom of the fourth, after Wilson Contreas worked a lead off walk, followed by a double off the bat of Dan Vogelbach that placed runners on the corners and nobody out. It was Jeimer Candelario that laced a RBI single into left that moved the Smokies in front 1-0. Next batter Stephen Bruno, grounded a run-scoring fielder’s choice to shortstop moving the advantage to 2-0 through four frames of play.

Moving to the last of the sixth, the Smokies got their first two runners aboard courtesy of a pair of walks offered up by Suns bullpen arm Fabian Williamson. It was Ryan Dent who mashed a run-scoring single into center moving Tennessee’s edge to 3-0. Jacob Hannemann added a RBI single to push the scoreboard edge to 4-0. With Suns reliever CJ Robinson now in the game, he would offer up a RBI ground out to Albert Almora Jr., and a two-run double to Jacob Hannemann bursting out Tennessee to a 7-0 lead.

Williamson in relief for Jacksonville allowed five runs (all earned) on two hits. CJ Robinson worked three innings out of the bullpen for the Suns allowing one hit while walking one.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Saturday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out right-hander Scott Lyman (1-9, 6.72 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Pierce Johnson (6-2, 2.22 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest:

Suns and Smokies to Battle in Series Opener

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-36, 53-76) will battle with the Tennessee Smokies (30-30, 69-60) tonight as they begin a five-game series from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch of 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Suns are coming off a series loss to the Birmingham Barons after dropping the rubber match last night 5-3. Jacksonville would fall in the first two contests, to then battle back with the bats coming alive after totaling 18 runs in the pair of victories. With the series loss, the Suns picked up their 19th series loss overall on the 2015 season, and their 10th in the second half. The club had fallen short of picking up their third-straight series victory for the first time on the season.

The Tennessee Smokies enter play 30-30 in the second half and 69-60 overall. The club is currently seven games back of the first place Montgomery Biscuits in the Southern League North Division standings. The Smokies are fresh off a series victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts, after they claimed a rubber match last night by a 7-1 tally. They control the S.L.’s second-best batting average (.261) and its’ sixth-best ERA (3.77).

Jacksonville this year in series openers have faired well posting an overall record of 17-10, and 8-5 in the second half of the year in ‘lid-lifters.’ While generating success in openers, lately the club has dropped two out of their last three series startups.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Chipper Smith to be opposed by Tennessee righty Andres Santiago. Smith enters this start 3-3 alongside a 4.39 ERA in 19 games and 14 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/22 against Mobile, in which he would last five and a third scoreless frames surrendering three hits while walking three and striking out four in a 96-pitch effort and a winning decision. The southpaw prior to his call up back to the Double-A level on 8/7, worked in five relief appearances with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, and worked in five games (four starts) posting an ERA of 4.66 and a 2-3 mark. Here in the month of August with Jacksonville, Smith has made three starts and sports a 2.70 earned run mark. The 25-year old is a former 38th round selection of the Miami Marlins organization in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Cumberland University.

Santiago was taken of the disabled list yesterday, and returns to the Smokies rotation with a 4.70 ERA and a record of 2-5 in 22 games and five starts. His last trip to the hill came on 8/16 in a relief appearance against the Chattanooga Lookouts, and he would shoulder a losing decision in an inning and a third on the mound. The righty has also spent a small stint this year at the Triple-A level with the Iowa Cubs, and manufactured a spotless ERA in a pair of appearances and five and a third frames on the mound. The 25-year old is a former 16th round draft pick of the Dodgers organization in 2007, and signed as a minor-league free agent with the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 offseason.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-36, 53-76) @ Tennessee Smokies (30-30, 69-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Andres Santiago (2-5, 4.70 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (3-3, 4.39 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Terrence Dayleg finished a perfect 3-for-3 accompanied with a home run on Sunday night, and in his last nine games has put together an eye-opening .320 average. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in eleven of his last fourteen starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .400 batting mark attached with three RBI and three runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa now has three home runs and nine RBI in his last 10 games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16) and fifth in RBI (64). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (64) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fourth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fouth-best on-base percentage (.393).