Suns Turn to Esch To Stop Losing Skid

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (10-15) look to stop a season worst five-game losing streak when they take on the Mobile BayBears (16-9) tonight at 7:35 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.

The Suns are now (1-5) on their 10-game road trip after an 8-6 loss last night at the hands of the BayBears.

Brandon Sinnery (W, 3-1) earned the victory working 6 and 1/3 frames allowing six runs (four earned) while not walking a batter and striking out five. Austin Brice (L 0-3) would hurl 4 and 2/3 innings allowing seven earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four. Adam Miller (S, 4) nailed down the win for the BayBears tossing a scoreless ninth while striking out a batter for his fourth save of the year.The scoring would begin right away in the top of the first, when Carlos Lopez ripped a RBI double to plate Kenny Wilson and give Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first Rudy Flores would send home a pair of baserunners after mashing a two-run double to give the BayBears a 2-1 advantage. Socrates Brito tacked on one more run in the frame, after providing a RBI groundout to push the lead to 3-1 through one inning of play.In the bottom of the fifth, and two men out, Mobile had the bases loaded for Brito who ripped a two-run double to right to push the tally to 5-1. Next batter Gerson Montilla (HR, 2) would complete the five-run inning after blasting a three-run shot off of Suns reliever Matt Tomshaw. The BayBears would control an 8-1 scoreboard advantage through five innings at Hank Aaron Stadium.The top of the sixth saw the Suns bring in a solo run after Viosergy Rosa’s RBI double brought home Matt Juengel to cut the deficit to 8-2. Rosa would be cut down trying to extend the play to third promptly ending any further threat in the frame. In the seventh Austin Nola led off with a single setting the table for Zack Cox (HR, 2), who then laced a two-run home run to creep the Suns closer now trailing by an 8-4 score. Ryan Rieger in a pinch hitter’s role, reached courtesy of a fielding error by left-fielder Alex Glenn that allowed Justin Bohn to come across, and set the score at 8-5. Lopez completed the three-run stanza after providing his second RBI double of the contest, this one off of BayBears reliever Seth Simmons. Mobile’s lead would stand at 8-6.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will see Jacksonville’s right-hander Jake Esch on the mound, to be opposed by Mobile righty Gabriel Arias. Esch enters tonight with a 2-1 record attached with a 2.76 ERA in three starts with the Suns. The Georgia-Tech product did receive a call up to Triple-A New Orleans on 4/14 where he made two starts with the Zephyrs, and posted a 0-1 record alongside a 5.23 earned-run mark. Esch in his last start on 5/1 against Chattanooga lasted four innings allowing five earned runs on eight hits while not walking a batter and striking out two in his first losing decision at the double-A level.

Arias comes into this start tied with the third-best WHIP (0.82) and the sixth-best ERA (1.61) in the Southern League. The native of the Domincan Republic earned a victory in each of his first three starts, until taking a no decision against Biloxi on 5/1, hurling 8 1/3 frames allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking one striking out a season-high seven batters. He was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on 11/19/14.

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 7:20 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-15) @ Mobile BayBears (16-9)

Starters: JAX: RHP Jake Esch (2-1, 2.76 ERA) vs. MOB: RHP Gabriel Arias (3-0, 1.61 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez finished last night’s contest 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI alongside two doubles. Lopez over his last five games has hit .261 with four RBI. Matt Juengel collected his seventh multi-hit performance going 2-for-4. The right-handed slugger has posted a .368 average over his last five starts.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently is first in total games played (26), second in at-bats (101), and tied for third in total bases (47) in the Southern League. Starter Kendry Flores is first in batting average against (.146) and WHIP (0.75) while closer Sean Donatello is tied for first in saves (6). Lay Batista has manufactured the league’s fourth-best average against (0.97) for relievers.

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