By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (11-16) will try and stave off a second-straight series loss in game four of five against the Mobile BayBears (17-10) tonight with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.
In the seven-run loss last night, Jacksonville matched their largest margin of defeat this year going back to 4/18 when the Montgomery Biscuits won 12-5 at Bragan Field.
Aaron Blair (W, 2-1) in his start for the BayBears went seven frames surrendering two earned runs on nine hits while walking a batter and striking out three. Suns starter Trevor Williams (L, 0-4) left prematurely with an injury in the sixth, but in his time on the mound, he tossed five innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three.
The scoring would begin in the top of third after Kenny Wilson (HR, 3) blasted his third home run of the year to lead off the frame and give Jacksonville a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third Socrates Brito would provide an infield single that scratched across Sean Jamieson from third to tie the score at one apiece. Flashing ahead to the last of the fifth frame, Rudy Flores (HR, 3) would mash a two-run home run to break the tie and give Mobile a 3-1 scoreboard advantage.
In the last of the sixth inning, Mobile added to their lead after a wild pitch from Suns starter Trevor Williams brought home Todd Glaesmann and set the score at 4-1. A RBI single from Sean Jamieson, and a Brito infield run-scoring base hit pushed the tally to 6-1. The bases were still loaded for Gerson Montilla (HR, 4), and he would send a grand slam home run over the left field wall off of Suns reliever Frankie Reed, to complete a seven-run rally, and claim a 10-1 lead through six innings of play. The seventh inning saw the Suns bring home a solo run on Ryan Rieger’s RBI base knock that cut the Suns deficit to 10-2. The eighth saw the Suns work the bases loaded against BayBears reliever Derek Eitel, and after a walk to David Adams it would trim Mobile’s lead to 10-3. A few batters later Viosergy Rosa generated another bases loaded walk to bring in a baserunner and creep Jacksonville to within 10-4.In the bottom of the eight Rudy Flores (HR, 4) provided his second home run of the night, this one a solo shot off of Suns reliever Craig Stem to create a score of 11-4.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will see Suns left-hander Chipper Smith opposed by Mobile righty Braden Shipley. Smith comes into tonight’s game 2-0 with a 4.10 ERA. The southpaw in his last start against Chattanooga on 5/3, provided his shortest outing of the year tossing 4 and 1/3 innings allowing eight runs (five earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out five. The former 38th round draft pick in 2012 of the Marlins, represents the lone lefty in Jacksonville’s starting rotation. Shipley takes the ball for Mobile and enters with a 2-1 mark alongside a 2.55 ERA. His last time on the mound was on 5/3 against Biloxi in which he earned his first loss of the season, hurling six frames allowing five earned runs on six hits (two home runs) while walking three and striking out a pair of batters. The right-hander is a former first-round draft pick of the Diamondbacks in 2013, and was listed as baseball’s 26-ranked prospect according to Baseball America. His arsenal features a fastball, curveball, and changeup, which compliment his solid control to the plate.
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 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (11-16) @ Mobile BayBears (17-10)
Starters: JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-0, 4.10 ERA) vs. MOB: RHP Braden Shipley (2-1, 2.55 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Zack Cox extended his hitting streak to five games while David Adams ended last night’s contest 2-for-2 with a RBI. Adams over his last five games is 6-for-10 (.600) with five RBI and a run scored. Kenny Wilson has found his power stroke providing a pair of home runs in his last five games while going 6-for-20 (.300) along with a pair of RBI and five runs scored. Wilson’s hit streak is now at six games.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Starter Kendry Flores is first in batting average against (.146) and WHIP (0.75) while closer Sean Donatello sits first in saves (7) in the Southern League. Starter Jake Esch is now eighth in ERA (1.93), while Matt Juengel is tied for second in games played (27), third in total at-bats (106), and knotted in third in total bases (49).