By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE,Fla., – After last night’s series opener was postponed due to rain, the Jacksonville Suns (5-4) and Biloxi Shuckers will play a pair of seven inning contests from Bragan Field with first pitch for game one set for 5:35 p.m. ET. Game two will begin roughly 30 minutes following the completion of the opener.
As part of a historic 55-game road trip due to work still being done to Biloxi’s MGM Park, the Shuckers will come to Bragan Field as the home squad. The team is forced to share stadiums not only here in Jacksonville, but in Pearl, Miss., and Hunstville., Ala. in their inaugural season. The brand-new stadium is not set to open until sometime in mid-June.
The pitching matchup for game one includes Suns ace Trevor Williams (0-0, 0.75) squaring off against Biloxi’s Brooks Hall (1-0, 1.80). Williams in his first two starts has picked up a pair of no decisions while tossing 12 innings and tallying a team-high 14 strikeouts. Hall is making his third start of 2015, he’s worked 10 innings on the young season picking up a win in Pensacola on 4/9 and a no decision at Mobile on 4/16.
In the night cap Jacksonville will feature left-hander Chipper Smith (1-0, 0.00) who will take the ball against Shuckers right-hander Jacob Barnes (0-1, 1.93). Smith has worked an identical 5 and 1/3 innings in both of his starts while surrendering only four hits. Barnes in his second go-around in double-A, lost his opening start to Mobile lasting 4 and 2/3 innings relinquishing three hits and only one earned run while striking out five.
Fans can listen to the doubleheader live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 5:20 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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.
Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (5-4) @ Biloxi Shuckers (5-4)
Starters: G1: BLX: RHP Brooks Hall (1-0, 1.80) vs. JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (0-0, 0.75)
G2: BLX: RHP Jacob Barnes (0-1, 1.93) vs. JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (1-0, 0.00)
Who’s Hot: Tonight’s starters for Jacksonville Chipper Smith and Trevor Williams have held batters to a .114 and .122 batting average against respectively. Both marks are good for top-five in the Southern League.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-During the Suns five-game winning stretch, Jacksonville would only allow one earned run from a starter. In their current three-game slide, Jacksonville starters have surrendered 11 earned runs. Offensively their timeliness has waned; in the series finale against the Biscuits they finished the contest going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.