#FishFriday – November 20, 2015

The Marlins announced updates to the 2016 schedule this week, with exhibitions against the Yankees in Miami and regular season games against the Pirates in Puerto Rico.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

It’s been a busy week of news for the Jacksonville Suns parent club Miami Marlins, with major announcements for the 2016 Marlins club, along with speculation about next year’s roster.

The Marlins spring training schedule has been released, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Jupiter, Florida on Febr. 19, full-squad workouts on Feb. 22, and then an exhibition match-up with the University of Miami on March 1 at Roger Dean Stadium.

Before the exhibition portion of the schedule comes to an end, the Marlins will be in Miami from April 1-2 to face the New York Yankees at Marlins Park.

The Marlins will also venture to Puerto Rico from May 30-31 to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at Hiram Bithorn Stadium as part of Roberto Clemente Day, which MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced would be May 31.

There has been rampant speculation about whether Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who pitched for the Suns last June as part of his rehab assignment, will be in Miami next season. MLB.com reporter Joe Frisaro believes Fernandez will be in a Marlins uniform for next year and years to come, and there are no plans to trade him at this time. Fernandez is under club control until 2018.

In Jacksonville preparations continue for the 2016 season of Suns baseball, and creative services manager Brian DeLettre put together a list of all 60 former Suns that saw time in the majors in 2015.

Also congratulations to our neighbors the Jacksonville Jaguars, who defeated the Tennessee Titans 19-13 last night on NFL Network. Personally I loved the gold jerseys, and would like to see them beyond this color rush game!

As for yours truly, I’m once again in the Yellow Hammer state, where I’ll be on the call on the SEC Network+ on the WatchESPN app as the Alabama Crimson Tide host the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns in men’s basketball at 8/7 central p.m. tonight. We’d love some viewers from Jacksonville!

Here are your #FishFriday links, have a great weekend everyone!

Marlins.com: Marlins to host Bucs in PR to celebrate Clemente
Marlins.com: Expanded safety nets, in-market streaming coming in ’16
Marlins.com: Hechavarria could land a deal like Crawford’s
Miami Herald: Loss of his mother to domestic violence spurred Dee Gordon to comfort others
Miami Herald: Sports Buzz: Marlins address Jose Fernandez trade report
Sun Sentinel: Miami Marlins 2016 Spring Training schedule [PDF]
Fish Stripes: 2016 Miami Marlins Offseason Plan: Strengths
Ballpark Digest: Texas League unveils new logo for 2016
Birmingham Barons:White Sox & Barons Extend PDC
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Nationals MVP Bryce Harper to the haters: “I enjoy getting booed”
Yahoo! Big League Stew: MLB announces tweaks to 2016 opening day schedule
The New York Times: Danger at the Ballpark, and in a Baseball Ticket’s Fine Print
SportsonEarth:The best active non-MVPs

#FishFriday – November 6, 2015

Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill along with new Marlins manager Don Mattingly and President David Samson. Photo Courtesy: Miami Marlins.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

After the 2015 baseball season came to an end in the early morning hours of Monday, the first week of the true offseason has brought a lot of news for both the Jacksonville Suns and their parent club the Miami Marlins.

Monday was an exciting day at the Baseball Grounds, where the Suns announced the 2016 schedule and new more affordable ticket prices. Now bleacher/berm seats are only $5, reserved seats $9, and dugout box seats $18.

You can watch the entire press conference with Suns owner Ken Babby and general manager Harold Craw here:


Meanwhile in Miami, the Marlins also held a press conference on Monday to announce that Don Mattingly is the new manager.

Mattingly comes to Miami after managing the Los Angeles Dodgers to five straight winning seasons and three straight division titles. Mattingly was a legendary player with the New York Yankees, winning the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player Award, and he racked up 2,153 hits during his 14 major league seasons.

Mattingly talked about his new role with the Marlins on MLB Network’s Hot Stove with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on Wednesday:


While professional baseball games have come to an end (congratulations to the Kansas City Royals on their World Series title), games continue in the Arizona Fall League, where former Suns are performing well against the game’s top prospects.

2015 Suns shortstop J.T. Riddle is hitting .318 through his first six games in the AFL, and earlier this week he visited with MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo:


Also, huge congratulations to our sister organization the Akron RubberDucks on winning the very prestigious Larry MacPhail Award!

Here are today’s #FishFriday links, hope everyone has a great weekend!

The Florida Times Union: New Jacksonville Suns owner promises lower ticket prices, major revamps to operations
The Florida Times Union: Suns announce lower ticket prices, $5 general admission for 2016 season
MiLB.com: Suns GM on MiLB Diversity Symposium Panel
Marlins.com: 5 issues facing Marlins after hiring Mattingly
Marlins.com: Watch Marlins prospect Dean in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game
Marlins.com: Marlins likely to go trade route for rotation help
Miami Herald: Greg Cote: Don Mattingly seems like good hire for Miami Marlins, but the Loria Lens colors everything they do
Sun Sentinel:Marlins will shop for bargains in free-agent sweepstakes
Yahoo! Big League Stew: The Rays and Mariners swapped six players in first trade of the offseason
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Here’s what Petco Park looks like as a nine-hole golf course
ESPN: MLB Future Power Rankings: What could go wrong with the Cubs?
Sports on Earth: 2015 MLB Tortured Fan Base Rankings


Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – 2015 Season Review


One Final “Look”…


       #NoogaStrong – Chattanooga is in fact strong, both on and off the field!

The 2015 campaign will likely be remembered as the year Biloxi joined the Southern League by occupying the much anticipated and long-awaited MGM Park. In the end, however, it was one of Minor League Baseball’s most historic and recognizable franchises responsible for writing the season’s final chapter. The Chattanooga Lookouts emerged once again as Southern League Champions in their first year as a Twins affiliate under the direction of former big leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz.

It was marked by a Championship Series which turned everything fans knew about these clubs on its head in dramatic fashion. Billed as a battle between easily the league’s best hitting (Chattanooga) and fiercest pitching (Biloxi) squads over the long haul of the full season, the series provided a complete role reversal. Ironically Biloxi would outhit the the sluggers from Chattanooga only to see the Lookouts use stellar pitching and a Game Five shutout en route to claiming victory. Isn’t that the lure of this great game of baseball, you just never know.

Congratulations are in order for both clubs after embracing and overcoming very different, yet palpable challenges all season long. While the road warriors came up one win short of a title, they provided a narrative that will be re-visited for generations to come. Chattanooga’s high expectations and continual roster turnover was ultimately handled with a clubhouse chemistry that bonded together those who remained, and in reality an entire city, on the journey to the Lookouts first Championship since 1988.

The Lookouts-Shuckers series was the perfect finish to a memorable year. When the dust settled, Chattanooga and Biloxi had entertained baseball fans right down to the last possible day requiring the maximum of five games to settle the Southern League crown.


A “Look” Back At The Series…

2015 Southern League Championship Series
Chattanooga WINS series 3 Games To 2

Game 1:    Biloxi 7 Chattanooga 2      MGM Park      Biloxi leads 1-0
Game 2:    Chattanooga 6 Biloxi 1      MGM Park      Series tied 1-1
Game 3:    Biloxi 2 Chattanooga 0      AT&T Field      Biloxi leads 2-1
Game 4:    Chattanooga 4 Biloxi 2      AT&T Field      Series tied 2-2
Game 5:    Chattanooga 4 Biloxi 0      AT&T FIeld      Lookouts Win!!!

Series MVP: Chattanooga Pitcher Jason Wheeler

The 2015 Season At A Glance…

-Yearly Awards handed down by the League Office prior to Post-Season-
Southern League MVP: Max Kepler (Chattanooga Lookouts)
Southern League Pitcher of Year: Jorge Lopez (Biloxi Shuckers)
Southern League Manager of Year: Carlos Subero (Biloxi Shuckers)

-Best Of The Best-
Overall Record: Biloxi Shuckers 78-59
Home Record: Montgomery Biscuits 45-25
Road Record: Chattanooga Lookouts 42-28**
**Nearly half Biloxi’s home wins were actual road games
Team Batting Title: Montgomery Biscuits .264
Team Home Run Title: Chattanooga Lookouts 107
Team Stolen Base Leader: Chattanooga Lookouts 164
Team E.R.A. Crown: Biloxi Shuckers 3.25
Team Strikeout Crown: Montgomery Biscuits 1,158
Post-Season Batting: Biloxi Shuckers .253
Post-Sesaon E.R.A.: Chattanooga 2.63

-Individual Accomplishments-
Batting Champ: Wilson Contreras (TEN) .333
HR King: Adam Brett Walker II (CHT) 31
RBI King: Adam Brett Walker II (CHT) 106
Stolen Base Leader: Tim Anderson (BIR) 49
E.R.A. King: Tyler Wagner (BLX) 2.25
Wins Leaders: Myles Jaye (BIR) Jorge Lopez (BLX) 12
Strikeout King: Jamie Schultz (MTG) 168
Saves Leader: Zack Weiss (PNS) 25

-Post-Season Leaders-
Batting: Orlando Arcia (BLX) .400 (12-for-30)
HR: Orlando Arcia (BLX) 3
RBI: Orlando Arcia (BLX) 10
Wins: Wagner, Lopez (BLX), Hurlbut (CHT) 2
E.R.A.: Tyler Wagner (BLX) 0.00
Strikeouts: Lopez, Houser (BLX) 15

The Final Spotlight…
         -JP’s Eye On The Southern League “Golden Eye” Top Performing Prospect of 2015-
       OF Adam Brett Walker II – Chattanooga Lookouts – Minnesota Twins Organization
     -Walker joins Kris Bryant, who was last season’s Southern League Central Top Performer-

-JP’s Eye On The Southern League “Post-Season Performer” Top Performing Prospect In Playoffs-
          SS Orlando Arcia – Biloxi Shuckers – Milwaukee Brewers Organization

A Last Glance At The Final 2015 Standings…

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Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – Championship Edition


By Jason Patterson
Jacksonville Suns

The Championship Series…

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First Glance…

Two Remain. It all comes down to Biloxi and Chattanooga. Both first half champions survived their respective Division Series to compete for the title. It’s a baseball fan’s dream of power pitching vs power hitting for the 2015 Southern League crown.

Chattanooga entered its first season as a Minnesota Twins affiliate with the highest expectations in the Southern League, thanks to a full arsenal of high-profile prospects. Despite continual roster turnover and countless role changes related to key personnel, they have continued to consistently rise to the occasion. The Lookouts have handled the pressure with solid team chemistry and a never say die approach which has allowed them to stand on the doorstep of eighty-wins and a first league tittle since 1988.

Perhaps no team in all of Minor League Baseball has overcome more adversity than Biloxi. Literally without a home for nearly the entire first half of the season, this core group of road warriors proceeded to simply win more game than anyone else in 2015. Whatever the final result, it is fitting that this storybook season for the Shuckers will finish on the road at AT&T Field.

The Shuckers boast the best pitching staff in the league and a starting rotation which went 3-0 in the division series against Pensacola. Southern League Pitcher of the Year Jorge Lopez and rotation mate Tyler Wagner set the tone. The duo combined for 12 2/3 scoreless innings in the Division Series. Mix in Adrian Houser’s complete game shutout (which featured six innings of perfection) in Game Two and it becomes clear why this starting group is fifthly good.

Led by Adam Brett Walker II and Southern League MVP Max Kepler, the Lookouts were easily the best offensive club in the Southern League this year. This trend and their leadership remained in the opening round of the playoffs. Down to their final strike more than once in the opening game of the NDCS, the club battled back and set the tone with a two-run single as a walk-off winner from the league MVP to set the tone. Walker homered twice in the series, providing the breathing room heading into the late innings of the team’s Game 4 clincher.

For all of Chattanooga’s offensive firepower, Shuckers shortstop Orlando Arcia provided the marquee Division Series performance at the plate. In just three games Arcia batted .615 (8 for 13), homering twice and scoring five of Biloxi’s seventeen runs while driving home six more. In addition, the Brewers top prospect posted a trio of doubles and one triple in the series.

With the two clubs splitting their eight regular season meetings right down the middle, it’s probably not a bad idea to pre-purchase tickets for games four and five in Chattanooga. The matchup features a classic Southern League franchise “looking” for a return to glory against the circuit’s impressive newest member. Whatever the ultimate result, these teams will end the year having posted more wins than anyone else in the league. This much is sure, two championship worthy organizations will clash in two great Southern League cities over the next several days.

Seeing The Big Picture…

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Players To Focus On…

The series features both the Southern League’s Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year:

Chattanooga: Max Kepler (Lookouts Outfielder, 2015 Southern League MVP)
Kepler is a primetime performer with a knack for clutch hits, including the walk-off knock in the Division Series opener.
Biloxi: Jorge Lopez (RHP, 2015 Southern League Pitcher of the Year)
Lopez will be the starter for Game One, hoping to repeat his foundational performance in the Division Series opener.

A Look Back At The Division Series….

North Division Championship SeriesCHATTANOOGA WINS (3 Games To 1)
Chattanooga Lookouts (1st Half Champs) vs Montgomery Biscuits (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Chattanooga – Chattanooga 4 Montgomery 3
Game 2 @ Chattanooga – Montgomery 6 Chattanooga 5
Game 3 @ Montgomery – Chattanooga 7 Montgomery 3
Game 4 @ Montgomery – Chattanooga 4 Montgomery 1

South Division Championship Series – BILOXI WINS (3 Games To 0)
Biloxi Shuckers (1st Half Champs) vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Biloxi – Biloxi 4 Pensacola 2
Game 2 @ Biloxi – Biloxi 6 Pensacola 0
Game 3 @ Pensacola – Biloxi 7 Pensacola 5

Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – Post-Season Edition – September 10, 2015


By Jason Patterson
Jacksonville Suns

Worth More Than A Glance

Post-Season baseball has arrived in the Southern League.
A final push for the 2015 Championship begins Thursday night!

The Series….

North Division Championship Series
Chattanooga Lookouts (1st Half Champs) vs Montgomery Biscuits (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Chattanooga Thursday, 7:15 PM
Game 2 @ Chattanooga Friday 7:15 PM
Game 3 @ Montgomery Saturday 7:35 PM
Game 4 @ Montgomery Sunday 6:35 PM (If Necessary)
Game 5 @ Montgomery Monday 8:05 PM (If Necessary)

This series has more than enough offensive fire power to keep fans interested for the full distance of five games if required. Montgomery may be the league’s hottest team entering the post-season. Chattanooga has dealt with higher expectations than anyone entering the 2015 season and the Lookouts have continually risen to the occasion. The Biscuits do not really have any holes in a lineup that has heated up at just the right time. The impressive trio of Tyler Goeddel, Johnny Field Jr and Daniel Robertson lead the way, combining for thirty home runs and over one-hundred eighty RBI’s, mixing in Patrick Leonard’s ten additional bombs and seventy-two runs scored makes it easy to see why there are plenty of reasons for Lookouts fans to be concerned. Chattanooga finally returned to it’s dominant first half form down the stretch. While many of the big names like Buxton, Berrios and Sano are no longer with the club, plenty of quality players still are. Two MVP worthy candidates in Max Kepler and Adam Brett Walker II lead the charge. Walker paced the Southern League in both homers (31) and RBI’s (106), while Kepler fell just short of the batting title (.322) and finished in the top five in both doubles and triples. For all the talk about offense, solid defensive play and a pitching staff which holds opposing key contributors in check will most likely be the keys to walking away victorious in this intriguing battle for North supremacy.

South Division Championship Series
Biloxi Shuckers (1st Half Champs) vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Biloxi Thursday 8:10 PM
Game 2 @ Biloxi Friday 8:10 PM
Game 3 @ Pensacola Saturday 7:35 PM
Game 4 @ Pensacola Sunday 5:05 PM (If Necessary)
Game 5 @ Pensacola Monday 7:35 PM (If Necessary)

For this pair of hungry fan bases and these two talent-filled clubhouses the wait is finally over. Biloxi faced more challenges than anyone in the Southern League this season, they also posted more wins (78). Pensacola had to battle three different clubs all the way down to the season’s final weekend just to get in. As a result, the Blue Wahoos have already been feeling the pressure of pennant race baseball. The Post-season is always about pitching and this series packs a wealth of it. The Shuckers possess a one-two punch at the top of the rotation which is second to none. Pitcher of the year Jorge Lopez tied Birmingham’s Myles Jaye for the most wins (12) across the course of the regular season. Lopez also notched a 2.26 E.R.A., second only to teammate Tyler Wagner, who finished with eleven victories of his own. That’s right, just one victory off the wins pace set by Lopez and Jaye. Pensacola also possesses some very strong arms, starter Timothy Adleman posted the best E.R.A. (2.64) of anyone in the league not pitching for Biloxi. Closer Zack Weiss led the entire Southern League in saves (25). Wahoos catcher Kyle Skipworth handles the staff well and is also a key offensive contributor. Look for impact at the plate from Pensacola’s Jesse Winker, his team leading thirteen homers were accompanied by fifty-five runs driven home. Many believe Orlando Arcia has the most raw talent Double-A, he is the offensive catalyst for the Shuckers. Arcia batted .307 on the year and posted thirty-seven doubles and seven triples alongside eight homers. These two highly-regarded prospects are at or near the head of their respective organizational lists, providing further intrigue to a matchup Gulf-side locals are calling the “Seafood Series.”

A Little More Comparison…

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Players To Focus On…

There is plenty of star power in these Division Series.

Chattanooga: Max Kepler (Lookouts Outfielder, 2015 Southern League MVP)
Kepler is a primetime performer with a knack for elevating his team in clutch moments, what could be bigger than the playoffs
Montgomery: Tyler Goeddel (Biscuits Third-Baseman, Team Leader in Batting Average, RBI’s)
Goeddell has played in more games than any other Biscuit this season and remains a consistent heart of the order contributor

Biloxi: Jorge Lopez (Shuckers RHP, 2015 Southern League Pitcher of the Year)
Lopez (and you can really throw Tyler Wagner in there as well) will be responsible for setting the tone
Pensacola: Zach Weiss (Blue Wahoos RHP, Closer, Southern League Saves Leader)
Simply seeing Zach Weiss often in this series would mean things are trending the Wahoos direction

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Suns Season Finale Cancelled Due to Rain

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (28-41, 57-81) and Mississippi Braves (36-32, 69-67) season finale Monday afternoon from Bragan Field was cancelled due to rain in the second inning.

The Braves would strike first in the top of the second, after a walk to Rio Ruiz, and a double by Matt Kennelly that set a pair of runners in scoring position, Sean Godfrey grounded a run-scoring groundout to first to leap his squad ahead 1-0.

In the second, a walk to Jacksonville’s Elliot Soto, and a double by next batter to the plate Chadd Krist, knotted the tally at one.

This contest marks the final game of Bragan Family ownership in Jacksonville.

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.

Bragan Era Comes to a Close this Afternoon


By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (28-41, 57-81) will close out their season against the Mississippi Braves (36-32, 69-67) this afternoon with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.

After 31 seasons under ownership of the Bragan Family, the Suns were sold to Ken Babby, current owner of the Eastern League’s Akron RubberDucks (AA) and former Washington Post executive. Suns owner Peter “Pedro” Bragan, Jr., made it official in a press conference this offseason announcing the sale of the team. “It’s the right time and I also think it’s the right new owner for Jacksonville,” said Bragan Jr. The Suns have been running a season-long promotion entitled “Pedro’s Last Dance” which will celebrate the decades of Bragan Family ownership of the Suns. The promotion has included special events and several giveaways. Babby’s transaction of the organization will be made official in September of 2015. Babby, in his second season as owner of the RubberDucks, has seen Akron’s attendance increase by 27.7 percent. Last season, the attendance figure rose to 350,704 which was good for a 15.7 percent spike from 2013. He has also enjoyed on-field success, as the club jumped from ninth to fourth in the Eastern League standings. Peter Bragan, Sr., who served as the team’s Chairman of the Board until his death in 2012, first purchased the Suns into the family in 1984.

The Suns effectively played the role of spoiler last night bouncing the Mississippi Braves from the 2015 Southern League Playoffs. With the Braves loss, and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 15-2 victory a night ago, that clinched Pensacola’s first playoff birth in franchise history. The Suns earned their fourth series victory of the second half, and their ninth overall in 2015.

This afternoon marks the end of the 2015 season for the Jacksonville Suns. The club saw a first half in which they would finish 29-40, which was good for fourth-place in the South Division. The Suns had a slew of major league rehabs; with the likes of Jose Fernandez, Jarred Cosart, Michael Morse, Jeff Mathis, and Bryan Morris donning a Suns uniform. Jacksonville saw members of the 2015 roster Brian Ellington, Kyle Barraclough, Scott McGough, Raudel Lazo, and Kendry Flores all make their way to the Miami Marlins.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Austin Brice to be opposed by Mississippi righty Greg Ross. Brice will take the ball tonight 6-9 attached with an ERA of 4.67 in 25 starts with the Suns this year. His last trip to the hill came on 9/1 against Tennessee, in which he would earn the victory after five scoreless frames on the mound relinquishing three hits while walking five and striking out six in a 97-pitch performance. Brice finished the month of August for the Suns 2-2 while sporting a 3.26 ERA over 30 and a third innings and five starts. The 23-year old against Mississippi this year, has made a pair of starts posting a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 15.00. On 7/16 against the Braves, Brice would be spotted with a 10-run lead, but could only work two innings that night offering up eight runs (five earned) on seven hits in a no decision. The native of North Carolina is a former ninth-round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2010 MLB-First Year Player Draft out of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C.

Ross will step to the mound 7-9 alongside a 3.99 earned-run mark in 25 games and 23 starts with the Braves. His last start came on 9/1 against Biloxi, in which he would generate six innings allowing one run (earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven. Ross has made a pair of starts against Jacksonville this year, and has put together an 0-1 record linked with an ERA of 2.08. In the second half of the year Ross has been solid, manufacturing a sub-three ERA in 12 starts. The 2015 campaign marked his first year at the Double-A level. The Braves drafted Ross in the 18th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Frostburg State University.

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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Monday we close out the regular season with the final game of the Bragan Era, Labor Day Holiday Matinee and Kids Run The Bases! It’s Baseball in the SUNShine and join us for Pedro’s last game! After the game is the last Kids Run The Bases of the season, presented by VyStar Credit Union & WOKV!

Matchup: Mississippi Braves (36-32, 69-67) @ Jacksonville Suns (28-41, 57-81)

Starters: MIS: RHP Gregg Ross (7-9, 3.99 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (6-9, 4.67 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, including coming up a double shy of the cycle on Tuesday night in Tennessee, in a game where he collected a homer and four RBI. David Adams collected JAX’s first walk off home run of the year on Thursday night with a three-run shot in the 10th inning, and in this series with the Braves has collected six RBI on seven hits. Infielder Eudy Pina in his last five games has generated a .538 batting mark attached with two RBI and four runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of 11 and a third scoreless frames in relief. Ryan Rieger over his last five games has been swinging a red-hot bat, posting an average of .375, and over his last nine contests, he’s batting .440. Saturday night he tallied his second three-hit game and his first three RBI performance. Danny Black posted four RBI in Sunday night’s win, while tallying his fifth multi-hit game of the year.

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

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (17). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is tied for second in stolen bases (37). Viosergy Rosa (77) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto is fifth (69). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.12) and is fifth in K’s (127). David Adams possesses the third-best on-base percentage (.399) and eighth best batting average (.294).