Suns Rout Smokies 11-0

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns 

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (25-40, 54-80) routed the Tennessee Smokies (34-31, 73-61) 11-0 in the series finale Tuesday night from Smokies Stadium.

Austin Brice (W, 6-9) in his start for the Suns lasted five scoreless innings surrendering three hits while walking five and striking out six. Smokies starter Jeffry Antigua (L, 5-5) lasted four innings allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits (one home run) while walking three and striking out six.

The scoring would begin in the top of the first, when Kenny Wilson (HR, 8) blasted a solo home run to center on the first pitch he saw, moving the Suns in front 1-0.

Flashing to the top of the fourth, Eudy Pina led off the frame with a single, to then get knocked home by Wilson’s run-scoring triple creating a 2-0-scoreboard advantage for Jacksonville. Next batter Elliot Soto then laced a RBI base knock into left that ballooned the lead to 3-0.

Moving to the fifth frame, against Smokies bullpen arm Tayler Scott, Eudy Pina manufactured a run-scoring double to right that brought home a run, and moved the Suns ahead 4-0. With runners now on second and third, Brice ripped a RBI single into left to create a 5-0 edge. Next batter Wilson, then produced a RBI single to make it to a 6-0 ballgame.

In the top of the eighth, against Smokies reliever Corey Black, Matt Juengel (HR, 17) blasted a solo home run over the left field wall to push the Suns to a 7-0 edge. In the same frame, a Wilson RBI groundout, and Soto reaching on an error scored a pair of runs making it a 9-0 contest. David Adams and Viosery Rosa both contributed run-scoring singles to push the Suns in front 11-0.

Alex Burgos tossed a scoreless sixth in relief for Jacksonville that included three strikeouts. Josh Hodges manufactured a scoreless seventh for the Suns out of the bullpen. Juancito Martinez twirled a scoreless eighth in relief for the Suns. Tyler Higgins worked the ninth inning in scoreless fashion.

The Suns and Mississippi Braves will open up the final series of the year Thursday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (3-4, 4.35 ERA) while the Braves have yet to announce their starter.

Thursday night enjoy Buds for a Buck and 2-for-1 cocktails at the hottest spot in Jacksonville during the summer, as part of the FINAL Thursday Night Throwdown. Plus, all college students get $5 admission by showing their student ID at the Suns Box Office. Presented By Budweiser, Jameson, Jagermeister, Malibu Rum, Jim Beam, Buzz Magazine, Maverick’s, X102.9

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’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:


 

Five 2015 Suns Playing in Arizona Fall League

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Five members of the 2015 Jacksonville Suns ball club will participate in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, announced by Major League Baseball on Tuesday afternoon.

Pitchers Jake Esch, Raudel Lazo, and Trevor Williams, along with infielders J.T. Riddle and Elliot Soto will all play for the Mesa Solar Sox, a club made up of prospects from the Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Los Angels Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Solar Sox will be managed by Mike Mordecai, with hitting coach Greg Sparks, pitching coaches Ron Villone and Matt Wise, plus coach Patrick Anderson rounding out his staff. The Solar Sox will play their home games at Sloan Park in Mesa, the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs.

Esch, who is currently with Triple-A New Orleans, was a Southern League Midseason All-Star for Jacksonville where he was 6-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 15 starts. With the Zephyrs in four starts he is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

Williams is also with Triple-A New Orleans, but with Jacksonville he went 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA in 22 appearances and 21 starts. With New Orleans in two starts he is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

Lazo continues to work in Jacksonville’s bullpen, where the southpaw is 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 18 relief appearances. This was the first healthy season for Lazo since 2012 after elbow surgeries limited his time on the mound in 2013 and 2014.

Riddle is currently on Jacksonville’s disabled list, but in 44 games played with the Suns is hitting .289 with five homers and 20 RBI. Riddle also starred for High-A Jupiter this season, where he was a Florida State League Midseason All-Star, hitting .270 with nine RBI.

Soto is hitting .256 with 23 RBI in his time split between the Tennessee Smokies and the Suns this season. Soto was traded from the Cubs to the Marlins along with right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro in exchange for major league veteran Dan Haren at the trade deadline. In his 28 games with the Suns, Soto is hitting .196 with five runs batted in.

These five current or former Suns will be joined on the Solar Sox by Marlins outfield prospect Austin Dean, who is hitting .264 with five homers and 48 RBI in 129 games played for High-A Jupiter.

Arizona Fall League games will begin on Tuesday October 13, and last through November 21 when the Arizona Fall League Championship Game will be played at Scottsdale Stadium at 1:08 p.m.

The Suns and Smokies will square off in their series finale Tuesday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (5-9, 4.86 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with lefty Jeffry Antigua (5-4, 4.50 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’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.

 

Suns and Smokies Clash in Series Finale

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-40, 53-80) will battle with the Tennessee Smokies (34-30, 73-60) tonight in the series finale with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Smokies Stadium.

With the Suns dropping the first four games in this series, they risk coming up on the wrong end of a five-game sweep. The last clean sweep in a five-game set in which the Suns came up on the losing end occurred between the dates of August 14-18 against Chattanooga in 2013.

The month of August has included the ‘highs’ of a season-best six-game winning streak (8/16-8/22), and a pair of 10-game road trips in which the Suns have finished below the .500 watermark. In the calendar month the club finished 12-18.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Austin Brice to be opposed by Tennessee lefty Jeffry Antigua. Brice takes the ball 5-9 attached with a 4.86 ERA in 24 starts with the Suns. The last time he took the hill came in a start on 8/27 against Birmingham, in which he shouldered a losing decision in six innings allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking four and striking out one in a 100-pitch effort. Brice has made one prior start against Tennessee this year on 6/13, and took the loss in four frames of work surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits. In the second half of the year the North Carolina native has worked to an ERA of 3.39 in 11 starts and 61 innings on the mound. The 23-year old is a former ninth-round selection of the Marlins organization in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Antigua will step to the mound 5-4 while sporting a 4.50 earned run mark in 18 games and 14 starts with the Smokies. His last start was on 8/27 against Chattanooga, in which he posted a winning decision in six scoreless frames allowing four hits while walking three and fanning two. The southpaw has spent ample time this season at the Triple-A level with the Iowa Cubs, and in the Pacific Coast League, he would put together a 10-6 mark to go along with an ERA of 2.61 in 10 games and six starts. Since 2012, Antigua has spent some time at the Double-A level with Tennessee. The native of the Dominican Republic was signed as a non-drafted free agent by Cubs in the 2006 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 (24-40, 53-80) @ Tennessee Smokies (34-30, 73-60)

Starters: TNS: LHP Jeffry Antigua (5-4, 4.50 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (5-9, 4.86  ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games. Infielder Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .313 batting mark attached with two RBI and a solo run scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of seven scoreless frames in relief. Ryan Rieger over his last four games has been swinging a red hot bat, posting an average of .556, and over his last seven contests he’s batting .350.

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 (36). Viosergy Rosa (74) 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 (.388).

Suns Downed by Smokies 9-1

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-40, 53-80) were topped handily by the Tennessee Smokies (34-30, 73-60) 9-1 Monday night from Smokies Stadium.

Smokies starter Ryan Williams (W, 10-2) worked six scoreless innings on four hits while not walking a batter and striking out a pair of batters. Matt Tomshaw (L, 5-10) in his start for Jacksonville lasted five frames surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits while walking and striking out three.

The Smokies would strike first in the bottom of the first after Albert Almora Jr. reached second on a fielding error by Suns centerfielder Kenny Wilson. He then came home to score after a throwing error by Suns shortstop Elliot Soto subsequent to a Ryan Dent groundball, that pushed Tennessee in front 1-0.

Flashing ahead to the bottom of the fifth, Jacob Hannemann of the Smokies generated a one out walk to then get knocked home one batter later by Albert Almora Jr.’s RBI triple, to make the tally 2-0. Ryan Dent would then chop a run-scoring single into left scoring Almora Jr., and pushing the scoreboard advantage to 3-0 through five frames of play.

In the sixth the Smokies generated a single and a walk to put a pair of runners on and end the night for Suns lefty Tomshaw. With Jacksonville bullpen arm Esmerling De La Rosa now in the game, he walked the first batter he saw to load the bases with nobody out. Bijan Radmacher promptly laced a bases-clearing three-run triple moving the Smokies comfortably in front 6-0. Next batter Wes Darvill then arched a RBI sacrifice fly to center to make the tally 7-0 in Tennessee’s favor.

To the last of the seventh, and the Smokies loaded the bases with one out. A RBI single by Stephen Bruno, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Rademacher, moved Tennessee ahead 9-0.

The Suns got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth, after Danny Black mashed a pinch-hit RBI double into left, to bring the deficit to 9-1.

Out of the Suns bullpen Esmerling De La Rosa last a pair of innings allowing four runs (all earned) on three hits. Jacksonville righty Tyler Bremer hurled a scoreless eighth frame in relief.

The Suns and Smokies will square off in their series finale Tuesday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (5-9, 4.86 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with lefty Jeffry Antigua (5-4, 4.50 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’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:

Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – August 31, 2015

EyeonSLBy Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

First Glances…
→Montgomery appears on the verge of joining Chattanooga and Biloxi in the 2015 post-season. The Biscuits are assured of at least controlling their own destiny. With work still left to do, the division leaders have two more with Mobile before closing the season at home against the Barons.
→Tennessee has used a league-best five game winning streak to pull even with Birmingham and remain alive. Smokies fans are clinging to hope and crunching the numbers. The club needs much assistance and a miracle run, sitting six games back with seven to play.
→Everyone gets a travel day to catch their breath one final time on Wednesday September 2. It will be much needed, especially in light of the final playoff push down South.
→Pensacola possesses the South Division lead, yet by the slimmest of margins. One-half game separates the Wahoos from Mississippi. Mobile is not to be discounted either, only two back and getting ready to square off head to head against the leaders.
→Though still not out of the realm of possibilities, it is looking less likely that Biloxi will sweep both halves in the South. The Shuckers would be required to jump three other teams this week. Should this happen, Mississippi currently holds a one game advantage over Mobile for the wild card spot. Pensacola would be eliminated in this scenario.

Southern League Spotlight…
Since today’s release marks our final regular season edition, this week’s spotlight rests on the 2015 post-season. While the final playoff picture may still be a little blurry, it is beginning to take shape.

Here is what we know: The Southern League format of consecutive best of five series to determine the 2015 League Champion will be set into motion in just ten days. Both Division Series will begin a week from Thursday. First half champions Chattanooga and Biloxi will host the first two games of their respective series.

Now for what we do not yet know: Who will the Shuckers and Lookouts be hosting? Montgomery has surged ahead and trimmed their magic number down to just two in an attempt to join the party out of the North, while the reins are still completely up for grabs in the South heading into the season’s final full week.

The “Eye” will release three post-season editions, including a full playoff preview heading into the Division Series openers. Playoff coverage will also feature a follow up edition prior to the Championship Series curtain-raiser and culminate in our mid-September season in review.

Prospect Watch…
Rankings listed use the format Baseball America/MLB.com
MLB.com listed for players not with current organization Opening Day

Tennessee– Catching prospect Wilson Contreras (-/#10) closed within a few points of Max Kepler (Twins #12/#6) in the race for the batting title, raising his average to .326 at week’s end.
Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora Jr (#7/#5) extended his hitting streak to eleven games with a single on Sunday.
Andres Santiago fired eight shutout innings on Friday night at Smokies Stadium, allowing only two hits while striking out six batters.
The big blasts of the weekend belonged to Ryan Dent. The shortstop homered twice in Saturday’s come from behind victory, both times giving the Smokies an advantage over Jacksonville, the second time for good. Dent was 4-for-4 with a pair of singles in addition to his two big flies.
Worthy of a footnote, former Smokie Jake Arietta’s no-hitter on Sunday evening is just the latest edition of Southern League impact at the big league level, especially where Tennessee and Chicago are concerned. After making four rehab starts on behalf of the Smokies last season, Arrieta is now a key piece of the Cubs bid to return to the post-season.

Jacksonville– With one more strikeout, top-tier left-hander Jarlin Garcia (#10/#2) will record his 30th strikeout since joining the club in late July. Despite an (0-3) mark in SL action, two more K’s will give him 100 total Minor League strikeouts on the season.
On a side note, Garcia’s new battery mate, catching prospect Chris Hoo made his Marlins Double-A debut on Sunday. To the delight of diehard baseball fans everywhere, with a seventh inning walk, Hoo was finally officially on first for the Suns.

Jackson– Generals infielder Tyler Bortnick provided a bright spot this past week in the midst of a difficult season in western Tennessee. The second baseman hit .520 with thirteen hits, five of them for extra bases, nine RBI’s and ten runs scored.

Mobile– Highly regarded pitching prospect Braden Shipley (#2/#4) proved his willingness to do whatever is needed this past week when he appeared out of the bullpen for the first time. Shipley worked six innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and fanning seven in another key pennant race win for the BayBears on Wednesday night.

ChattanoogaAdam Brett Walker II (#17/#10) set a new Lookouts single season record for homers when he belted his twenty-ninth of the season on Thursday, August 27th. Walker’s final HR total may be as yet unknown, but the identity of 2015 Southern League home run champ is not. The Chattanooga slugger and Twins farmhand paces the category with a double-digit advantage.

Birmingham– Barring some type of unforeseen issue, expect Barons speedster Tim Anderson (#2/#1) to eclipse fifty stolen bases on the season at some point this week. Anderson enters play Monday with a league-leading forty-eight steals out of the lead-off spot for the White Sox Double-A affiliate.
Teammate Danny Hayes could reach the 100 walks plateau as well. Leading the league with ease, he needs just ten more free passes before the season ends to arrive at the century mark.

Montgomery– A thirteen strike out performance against Biloxi snagged headlines for Jacob Faria on Friday evening. The right-hander scattered three hits and surrendered only one run in a memorable outing against Mobile. Faria leads all minor-league pitchers with 16 wins, though only six of the victories have come during his time in the Southern League. Faria dominated the Florida State League to the tune of a 10-1 record and a 1.33 E.R.A across twelve appearances before his call up to Double-A.
Slugger Tyler Goeddel (#17/#26) is 10-for-20 in the Biscuits past five games. The infielder has homered, driven in six runs and scored five more during the successful stretch.

PensacolaZack Weiss continues to nail down games for the South Division leaders night in and night out. The Reds prospect has now taken over the league lead among stoppers with 24 saves on the season, two ahead of Tennessee’s P.J. Francescon.
Juan Duran has belted two homers and driven home seven runs in the Wahoos last five contests.
Cincinnati’s top prospect has factored into the pennant race regularly, though perhaps at no time with more impact than Friday night. Jesse Winkler (#3/#1) put the fish ahead for good with a bases clearing double, part of a five RBI night in which Winker was also aboard five different times. How important was his timing? It came in a head to head win over Mississippi.

MississippiK.D. Kang and Rio Ruiz (MLB #8) provided rare home runs for the Braves across the club’s last five games. Kang drove in an average of one run per contest, while Ruiz provided even more punch with seven RBI’s in the stretch. Their work at the plate complemented a solid pitching staff which has kept Mississippi in the thick of the South Division race.

BiloxiTyler Wagner (#9/#16) and Jorge Lopez (#15/#9) figure to be major role players in the Shuckers inaugural post-season plans. The impressive duo sit near the top in most pitching categories, with both in position to sweep the E.R.A. and Wins titles should they close out the regular season strong. In fact, they currently own the league’s best two Earned Run Averages (Wagner 2.13, Lopez 2.29) and two of the league’s best three win totals (Lopez 12, Wagner 11). Birmingham’s Myles Jaye (-/#25) (12 wins) is the only other pitcher in the Southern League with more than ten wins.
Easily the Shuckers two strongest arms over the long haul, the aforementioned duo was overshadowed this past week by the work of right-hander Adrian Houser (MLB #28). Houser’s back to back scoreless starts (2-0 in 13 scoreless frames) earned him Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors.

Picture Perfect…
-Weekly honors handed down by the league office each Monday at Noon-
▪ Player of the Week: Tyler Bortnick (Mariners), 3B, Jackson
▪ Pitcher of the Week: Adrian Houser (Brewers), RHP, Biloxi

Series To Focus On…

Mobile BayBears @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Thursday September 3 – Monday September 7

May as well go ahead and call them playoff games. That’s exactly how they’ll feel as Bayfront Stadium hosts meaningful final home stand contests for the first time in franchise history. The drive to bring actual post-season baseball, patriotic bunting and all, to Pensacola’s shoreside begins and ends in a showdown with the South Division’s most dominant and consistent club across the past several years.

Meanwhile, just across the Sunshine State’s panhandle, Mississippi will be attempting to write a different ending. Their storybook finish involves more baseball for Braves fans in Pearl before 2015 is done. Mississippi missed the playoffs by a single game at the hands of the Suns in ’14. Just one year later, they must handle the Suns in the River City and find a little help elsewhere to avoid a familiar fate.

The qualifier to all this South Division selection is a prolonged North race. Should Montgomery slip at all cross the next two days and Birmingham (or Tennessee for that matter) picks up a game, the final regular season series at Riverwalk Stadium becomes a clash of titans as well. The Barons and Biscuits play five head to head in the Alabama state capitol across Labor Day weekend.

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Tomshaw, Suns Look to Stop Losing Slide

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) will try and snap a four-game losing streak tonight against the Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60) with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Smokies Stadium.

With last night’s 4-3 loss, the Suns have now picked up their 20th series loss of the year, and their 11th in the second half. On this 10-game road trip, Jacksonville has come up on the losing end to both Birmingham and Tennessee in the best of five, after winning back-to-back series for only the second time this year prior to the road trip’s start. All season long, the club has only won three series away from Bragan Field.

Last night’s one-run loss marks JAX’s 26th defeat that came by only a solo run, and their 11th in the second half. The Suns saw the tying and go-ahead runners on base in the ninth, but couldn’t cash in on their first victory when trailing after the seventh and eighth innings.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Tennessee righty Ryan Williams. Tomshaw enters this start 5-9 attached with a 4.31 ERA in 27 games and 16 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/26 against Birmingham, in which he would earn a no decision in four frames allowing four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out four in a 103-pitch performance. The southpaw spent some time this year at the Triple-A level with New Orleans, and in a pair of starts he put together an ERA north of 17 while posing an 0-2 mark. Tomshaw has made one start against the Smokies this year, and lasted six and a third frames surrendering two runs (one earned) on eight hits while collecting a no decision. The 26-year old is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Jacksonville University. He was selected by the Marlins in the 2014 Rule-5 draft.

Williams takes the ball 9-2 while sporting a 3.00 ERA in 15 games and 14 starts with the Smokies. His last start came on 8/26 against Chattanooga, in which he would earn the victory in six innings relinquishing one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out three. Prior to his call up to Double-A on 6/3, the California native posted a 4-1 record alongside an ERA of 1.17 in nine games and eight starts with the single-A South Bend Cubs. The 23-year old is a former 10th round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 MLB-First Year Player Draft out of East Carolina 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.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- August 31, 2015:

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) @ Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Ryan Williams (9-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.31 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in 12 of his last 17 starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .313 batting mark attached with two RBI and a solo run 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 a homer and five RBI. Ryan Rieger finished Sunday night’s contest a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, triple, and a RBI.

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 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.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest: