By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (6-7) were stifled at the plate against the Biloxi Shuckers (8-5) who picked up a 5-1 win and a series victory Thursday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:
Earning the victory for Biloxi was Hobbs Johnson (W, 1-0) tossing five scoreless innings allowing only one hit on two walks and six strikeouts. Suns starter Austin Brice (L, 0-2) took the loss lasting 3 and 1/3 innings relinquishing five earned runs on seven hits (one home run) while walking two and striking out four.
The scoring began in the bottom of the third inning for Biloxi, and with two runners on and one out, that set up Nick Ramirez (HR, 4) to blast a three-run shot into right leaping his squad out to a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth frame the Shuckers would add to their lead. With the bases loaded, Yadiel Rivera would ground into a RBI fielder’s choice to swell the Shuckers advantage to 4-0. In the same frame, and Suns reliever Lay Batista on the mound, Orlando Arcia grounded a RBI single into left to push Biloxi to a 5-0 edge through four innings.
In the ninth Jacksonville avoided the shutout when Zack Cox scored via a wild pitch from Shuckers reliever Martin Viramontes to create the final score of 5-1.
Lay Batista worked 2 and 2/3 innings out of the Suns bullpen allowing no runs on one hit. Blake Logan lasted two scoreless innings surrendering two hits in relief for Jacksonville.
Tomorrow will feature Pirates of Fernandina Night & Friday Family Fireworks! See real pirates shooting real cannons as the Pirates of Fernandina invade the Baseball Grounds! Plus, check out the hottest rides in town from your Southern Ford Dealers. Stick around after the game for the best fireworks show in town with the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks brought to you by your local NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers Sponsored by NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers, Southern Ford Dealers, 96.9 The Eagle.
The Suns and Shuckers will square off again Friday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Matt Tomshaw (0-1, 2.70 ERA) to the mound to be opposed by Shuckers righty Jorge Lopez (0-2, 9.00 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600AM/100.3 FM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, 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.
Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: