Right-hander Robert Morey is expected to get the nod for the Suns tonight (Jay Metz).
By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns
The Suns look to continue their winning ways this evening at Bragan Field, with the third game of the series on tap against the Chattanooga Lookouts at 7:05 p.m.
Jacksonville has won four in a row and look to go on a five-game winning streak for the first time since April. The Suns also enter tonight leading the Southern League South Division standings by a game and a half over the Mississippi Braves.
The Fifty-Cent Family Feast returns to Bragan Field, with fifty-cent hot dogs, peanuts and ice cream treats available. Fans can also receive Buy-One-Get-One Tickets with any receipt from any Gate store. It’s also Social Media Night, allowing fans to interact with the Suns through Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare on this special night.
Right-hander Robert Morey (4-7, 4.63 ERA) is expected to take to the mound tonight for the Suns in the third game of the series. The Virginia native suffered the loss in his last outing on July 25 at Montgomery after allowing four earned runs on ten hits in four innings pitched. In two starts against the Lookouts this season, Morey has compiled an 0-1 record and 1.69 ERA (2 ER in 10.2 IP).
Chattanooga is anticipated to oppose Morey with southpaw Chris Reed (3-8, 3.62 ERA) tonight as they look to avoid a series loss. In his most recent outing on July 25 versus Jackson, Reed suffered the loss after relinquishing four earned runs on five hits, in addition to six walks, in three frames. In his two starts versus Jacskonville in 2013, the lefty owns no record and 0.00 ERA (0 ER in 11.0 IP).
Fans can listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, with the “Voice of the Suns” Roger Hoover entering his second season as Jacksonville’s Director of Broadcasting. Hoover is assisted by Matt Leland and Andrew Green. Leland and Green will host the UF Health Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Below are more notes on tonight’s game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Roger Hoover. The entire game notes for tonight’s contest can be viewed by clicking here.
You Can’t Stop Him, You Can(ha) Only Hope To Contain Him: First baseman Mark Canha continued his torrid streak at the plate Monday night, recording two hits to extend his hit streak to nine. Dating back to July 20, Canha has batted .576 (19-33) during the stretch with eight runs, five doubles, three homers and 12 RBI. The 23-year-old has raised his batting average 36 points during the streak from .234 entering July 20 action to its current peak of .270. Canha has also recorded six multi-hit games in that span, including five straight from July 20-25. The California native since July 20 ranks first in baseball (including the Minor and Major Leagues) in batting average (.576), as well as tied for first in his (19) and sixth in on-base percentage (.622).
…And Four To Go!: Catcher J.T. Realmuto busted out of an 0-for-13 slump in a big way last night, tying a career-high by collecting four hits in Jacksonville’s 12-4 victory. It marked the third time in the backstop’s career he has tallied four base knocks in a game and first since earlier this season on April 17. The 22-year-old also recorded a four-hit effort on August 23, 2011 for Single-A Greensboro. Prior to his four game slump, Realmuto had hit in eight straight games between July 10-21.
Home Sweet Home: In the friendly confines of Bragan Field this season, the Jacksonville Suns own a 28-23 record, as opposed to an even 26-26 mark on the road. More recently, Jacksonville has been victorious in 12 of their last 17 home games dating back to June 19, including each of their last four. Both Suns pitching and hitting has been better at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville this season, having launched 49 longballs in 51 games at home, compared to 38 in 52 road contests. As a team, Jacksonville has recorded a 3.11 ERA (160 ER in 462.1 IP) at home, in comparison to a 3.77 ERA (176 ER in 420.0 IP) on the road.
High Five?: With a victory tonight, the Jacksonville Suns would tie a season-high with their fifth straight win. The Suns earlier this season won five in a row between April 12-15, including a four-game sweep of the Huntsville Stars at Joe W. Davis Stadium. In this most recent stretch since July 26, Jacksonville as a team has launched six home runs, while starting pitchers have allowed a lone earned run in 19.2 innings pitched, equating to a 0.46 earned-run average.
Tonight’s broadcast will air on the Suns Baseball Network’s flagship station 94.1 Classic Rock WSOS-FM, plus the Suns’ mobile app. Click the link below to listen live online.
Listen live to the Suns and Lookouts July 30, 2013
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