By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE-Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (6-7) with their 5-1 loss last night at the hands of the Biloxi Shuckers (8-5) are now losers of two-straight and have lost their second series of 2015. Jacksonville will look to grab the final game of this five-game set against Biloxi tonight with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
With the loss last night the Suns have dropped their second straight series. Jacksonville could only muster up four hits against Biloxi starter Hobbs Johnson who earned his first victory of the year. Johnson lasted five scoreless innings relinquishing only one hit while walking two and striking out six. Austin Brice, who took the ball for the Suns was on the losing side for a second straight trip to the hill, manufacturing 3 and 1/3 innings surrendering seven hits five earned runs while walking two and striking out four. The big blow by Biloxi came rather early in the contest, when Nick Ramirez blasted his league-leading fourth long ball, which provided three runs on one swing. The Shuckers would tack on two in the fourth frame thanks to a RBI fielder’s choice by Yadiel Rivera and a sac fly by Orlando Arcia. Biloxi collected 10 hits against the trio of Brice, Lay Batista, and Blake Logan for the Suns. With the loss, Jacksonville has lost two straight and fallen under .500 for the first time since opening night on 4/9.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature southpaw Matt Tomshaw making his second start in a Jacksonville uniform, to be opposed by Biloxi right-hander Jorge Lopez. Tomshaw in his last start was paired against Drew Smyly who was making a rehab start for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tomshaw provided a strong six innings although he did surrender nine hits, he was able to work out of any extreme damage leaving his outing only giving up two earned runs against Montgomery on 4/19. Lopez will be making his third start of the year after not fairing well over his last two. In a pair of starts, Lopez has been marked for seven earned runs on nine hits in a total of seven frames of work, ballooning his ERA to 9.00.
Tomorrow the Suns welcome the Birmingham Barons for the first of five games and it’s Viosergy Rosa Replica Jersey Giveaway, Olate Dogs Performance & Bark in the Park! Be sure to arrive early as the first 3,000 fans will get a Viosergy Rosa Replica Suns Jersey, courtesy of Swisher Sports.com, FOX-30 & 99.1 WQIK! Enjoy a special performance from the Olate Dogs who will perform throughout the game and it’s Bark in the Park! All dogs get in for just $2.50! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be on hand and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game plus a hot dog and soda voucher! It’s also the Saturday Night Shrimp Buffet courtesy of Sea Best! Get unlimited Butterfly Breaded Shrimp and sides from 6-8 in the Sundowner Lounge! Also check out the hottest rides from your Southern Ford Dealers!
Fans can listen to the game 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 6: 50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (6-7) @ Biloxi Shuckers (8-5)
Starters: BLX: RHP Jorge lopez (0-2, 9.00 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (0-1, 2.70 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Coming into today’s action Biloxi’s Orlando Arcia leads all of the Southern League in batting average (.450) 14 points ahead of Tennessee’s Dan Vogelbach.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-In the early going Matt Juengel and Austin Nola are tied for first in games played (14) in the Southern League. Juengel sits tied for fourth in total bases (26) while Sean Donatello rests in third in saves (3). With yesterday’s 5-1 loss, Jacksonville has dropped to fourth in the S.L. South Division now three games back of first-place Mississippi.