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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