By:Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
With the 2015 opener in the books, the Jacksonville Suns (0-1) will look to rebound tonight with a first pitch of 7:05 p.m. ET at Bragan Field against the Jackson Generals (1-0).
The home team’s bats were stifled to only three hits due to the work of Generals starter Stephen Landazuri (1-0) who went six innings only allowing one hit while striking out five. Jackson’s bullpen came on to do the job in the opener, as James Gillheeney (W, 1-0) tossed a stellar 2 and 1/3 innings out of the bullpen while only surrendering two hits and fanning three Suns. Matt Anderson (S, 1) picked up the save in a scoreless 2/3 of an inning for Jackson.
Tonight the Suns will face off against Jackson left-hander Scott DeCecco who spent 2014 with High Desert going 7-11 attached to a 5.46 ERA in 25 starts and 140 innings pitched.
Jacksonville will send right-hander Jake Esch to the mound in his first regular season start of 2015. Esch got the nod in the Suns’ exhibition contest against the Marlins, and went 3 and 2/3 innings allowing eight hits and six runs (all earned) while striking out three. This will be the Georgia Tech product’s first taste of double-A after spending 2014 with advanced-A Jupiter, where he posted a 6-6 mark attached alongside a 4.05 ERA in 24 starts and 135 and 2/3 innings pitched.
The Suns will have some shakeups in the lineup tonight with a left-hander toeing the rubber. Right-handed swingers Isaac Galloway (LF), Terrance Dayleg (2B), and switch hitter Sharif Othman (C) will all see their names penciled in to the lineups for the first time.
Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Matchup: Jackson Generals (1-0) @ Jacksonville Suns (0-1)
Starters: JXN: LHP Scott DeCecco (6-3, 3.34) JAX: RHP Jake Esch (0-0, 0.00)
Who’s Hot: Trevor Williams’ opening night performance supplied him with his career-high in strikeouts (9) in a single performance. The Suns opening night starter only allowed one hit in his six innings of scoreless work.
Sun Spots: Here’s a note before tonight’s contest from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Jacksonville in last night’s 2-0 loss to Jackson could only manufacture three total hits. In the loss, Matt Juengel, Zach Cox, and Carlos Lopez were the only three Suns to get a hit against Generals’ pitching. Last year the Suns finished first in runs scored as a unit with 618 runners scratched across, but found themselves coming up short with runners in scoring position going 0-for-4. Jackson starter Stephen Landazuri, struck out five Suns allowing only one hit in six innings of work while not allowing a baserunner until the fourth inning. Notables from Jacksonville’s 2014 Southern League Championship team Viosergy Rosa and Austin Nola went a combined 0-for-7.