By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (8-9) will have another chance tonight to collect a series victory in game four of this five game set against the Birmingham Barons (8-9) Tuesday night from Bragan Field.
The Suns would fall by a 3-2 score last night after being held to just four hits, all of which did not come until the eighth and ninth innings. Miles Jaye was spectacular in his start for Birmingham, tossing seven no-hit innings while striking out a season-high seven batters for his second victory of the year. Suns starter Trevor Williams in six innings was tagged for three runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking a pair and striking out three. Birmingham provided a solo run in the first, and a pair of runs in the third. All runs were driven in courtesy of Courtney Hawkins who ripped a RBI double in the first and a run-scoring triple in the third to leap the Barons to a 3-0 lead. The Suns offense after going down in order for six of the first seven frames, finally awoke in the eighth. With the no-hitter still intact, but Jaye out of the game having thrown 95 pitches, Cody Winarski would relinquish the first Jacksonville hit which was a double off the bat of Zack Cox. Next batter Terrance Dayleg followed with a base knock, but back-to-back Winarski strikeouts ended any further threat. Onto the ninth with the score still 3-0, Jacksonville received a one-out single by Kenny Wilson, who was then brought home on one swing of the bat by the next batter Viosergy Rosa after he mashed his first home run of the year to bring his squad to within a run. After the damage done against Barons reliever Raul Fernandez, he then retired Matt Juengel and Ryan Rieger to end the game.
Tonight will feature Chipper Smith on the mound for Jacksonville, who has been the most consistent starter to spend the whole year in a Suns uniform. Smith in his first three starts to begin the season, has posted a 2-0 record attached alongside a 1.17 earned-run mark. His current ERA is good for seventh-best in the Southern League while his .164 average-against is slotted as fourth best. The Barons starter has yet to be announced due to slated right-hander Mike Recchia landing on the disabled list on 4/25. Birmingham called up righty Tyler Barnette from Charlotte in a corresponding roster move to compensate for the loss of Recchia prior to yesterday’s contest.
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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: Birmingham Barons (8-9) @ Jacksonville Suns (8-9)
Starters: BIR: TBA vs. JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-0, 1.17 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Outfielder Kenny Wilson currently has a three-game hitting streak while posting a .500 average with runners in scoring position.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Tonight’s starter Chipper Smith boasts the seventh-best ERA in the Southern League (1.17) while manufacturing the fourth-best average against (.164). Matt Juengel is currently tied for first in games played (18), and third in total at-bats (69). Suns closer Sean Donatello rests tied for third in saves (4). Jacksonville as a team is operating at a league-worst .190 batting average, and currently possesses the 9th best runs total (43) while being tied for last in total hits (102).