By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (12-16) and Mobile BayBears (17-11) will play a rubber match in the series finale tonight with a first pitch slated for 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.
This will conclude the Suns 10-game road trip, as they’ll head home to face the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the first of five on Monday at 11:05 a.m. ET from Bragan Field.
With the 4-2 win last night in 14 innings, not only was it the longest game of the year for Jacksonville, but they’ve improve to 2-0 in games lasting beyond nine innings. Prior to last night their only other extra innings game came on 4/16 when Sharif Othman’s RBI walk-off double beat the Montgomery Biscuits 3-2 in the 10th frame.
Last night’s game took three-hours and 56 minutes to play while the Suns would use six pitchers in the win, and were provided the go-ahead RBI double by Terrance Dayleg in the top of the 14th. The last runs that came across prior to that from either team was in the top of the fourth frame.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will see Suns right-hander Kendry Flores on the mound to be opposed by Mobile righty Edgar Garcia.
Flores in his last start on 5/4 against Chattanooga, earned a no decision in arguably his best start of the year. The right-hander went eight scoreless innings allowing only one hit while walking a solo batter and striking out five. He enters tonight with a 1-3 record attached with a 2.64 ERA, and prior to his no decision on 5/4, he faced three-straight losing decisions in starts against Montgomery, Biloxi, and Birmingham.
Garcia takes the ball for the BayBears coming in with a 1-0 mark attached with a 2.25 ERA. The native of the Dominican Republic is making his first start of the year after a pair of relief appearances, including one against the Suns in this series on 5/6, in which he tossed a scoreless inning while walking and striking out a batter. The right-hander was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks in December of 2014 after his release from the Philadelphia Phillies organization on 4/27/13. In 2006 he was labeled as the #4 ranked prospect within the Phillies organization.
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.
Monday is Celebration of Reading Day #1! This special 11:05am late morning game welcomes school kids from across the area for a day of baseball plus a special banner contest and no beer will be sold.
The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.
Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (12-16) @ Mobile BayBears (17-11)
Starters: JAX: RHP Kendry Flores (1-3, 2.64 ERA) vs. MOB: RHP Edgar Garcia (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
Who’s Hot: David Adams is 4-for-8 (.500) in this series with a double and a RBI. Carlos Lopez provided his third multi-RBI game last night, and currently holds onto a four-game hit streak where he is 7-for-20 (.350). Matt Juengel has remained one of the most consistent hitters in Jacksonville’s lineup, extending his hitting streak to three games while he’s been 5-for-15 (.333) at the plate in this series.
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 (8) in the Southern League. Starter Jake Esch is now eighth in ERA (1.93), while Matt Juengel is tied for second in games played (28), third in total at-bats (112), and knotted in third in total bases (51). Lay Batista is second in average against for relievers (.081).