By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (9-10) will begin a 10-game road trip tonight starting with game one of five against the Chattanooga Lookouts (9-10) from AT&T field with a first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. ET.
The Suns while still winning the series against the Birmingham Barons, dropped the finale 2-1. Tyler Danish (W, 3-0) picked up his third win in his start for Birmingham tossing six innings surrendering one run (earned) on seven hits while walking a solo batter and striking out six. Suns starter Kendry Flores (L, 1-3) took the loss manufacturing 7 and 1/3 frames relinquishing two runs (both earned) on three hits while walking two and fanning a season-high eight batters. Barons reliever Raul Fernandez (S, 2) notched his second save of the year after striking out the side subsequent to a lead off walk.The scoring began in fourth for Jacksonville when Ryan Rieger ripped a one-out double to settle into scoring position for Shariff Othman, who would then knock him home with a run-scoring base knock to give the Suns a 1-0 lead through four innings of play.In the top of the seventh, the Barons took the lead on one swing of the bat by Jeremy Farrell (HR, 2), who lifted a two-run shot over the right field wall leaping the Barons to a 2-1 lead and the eventual victory.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature right-hander Austin Brice for Jacksonville, to be opposed by Chattanooga’s righty Alex Wimmers. Brice has taken a loss his last two trips to the mound against Montgomery and Biloxi. In those two contests the right-hander has been tagged for 11 earned runs on 14 hits (two home runs) while walking five and striking out 12. He’ll be opposed by Alex Wimmers who is a former first round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2010. The righty sports a 8.68 ERA after earning a pair of no decisions against Mississippi and Tennessee. In his last start against the Smokies, Wimmers was tagged for nine earned runs on 10 hits (two home runs) over 4 and 1/3 innings pitched in what turned out to be a 16-10 Smokies win.
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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 7:00 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (9-10) @ Chattanooga Lookouts (9-10)
Starters: CHA: RHP Alex Wimmers (0-0, 8.68 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (0-2, 7.82 ERA)
Who’s Hot: In his 7 and 1/3 innings pitched in yesterday’s contest, starter Kendry Flores struck out a season-hit eight batters. Currently catcher Sharif Othman is batting .429 with runners in scoring position, and the switch-hitter earned his seventh RBI while driving in Jacksonville’s lone run in the 2-1 loss.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Sean Donatello is tied for second in the S.L. in saves (5) while Matt Juengel has played a league-best 20 games. Starter Kendry Flores has the fourth-best average against at .175.