By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (14-16) will get set to take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (11-20) in game two of five tonight with a first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
The Suns took game one of the “Battle for the Golden Skillet” yesterday downing the Wahoos by a 5-4 score.
Suns starter Austin Brice (W, 1-3) lasted five innings and surrendered two earned runs on two hits while walking six and striking out four. Keyvius Sampson (L, 1-1) in his start for Pensacola, manufactured six frames allowing three earned runs on seven hits while walking a batter and striking out seven. Sean Donatello (S, 9) earned his Southern League leading ninth save of the year tossing 1 and 2/3 innings surrendering one earned run on two hits (one home run).
The scoring would begin in the top of the first after Kyle Waldrop’s RBI infield single brought home Ryan Wright to give the Wahoos a 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the opening frame, Jacksonville responding with two runs courtesy of Matt Juengel’s RBI ground-rule double with two runners aboard, and Viosergy Rosa’s run-scoring groundout, leaped the Suns to a 2-1 scoreboard advantage through one inning of play. The fourth inning saw Viosergy Rosa (HR, 2) power his second home run over the right field wall to give the Suns a 3-1 lead. Sliding to the fifth, Pensacola would get back-to-back walks, and a few batters later with runners now on second and third; Marquez Smith provided a sacrifice fly to cut Suns lead to 3-2. In the seventh, Zack Cox (HR, 3) stepped to the plate against BayBears reliever Chad Rogers, and powered a solo home run to give the Suns a 4-2 lead.The top of the eighth crept the Wahoos to within a run after Waldrop scored via a Juan Perez RBI sacrifice fly to left. Flashing to the eighth David Adams ripped a double with one out, to then be knocked in two batters later by Sharif Othman’s run-scoring two-bagger swelling Jacksonville’s advantage to 5-3. In a last ditch effort for the Wahoos in the ninth, against Suns closer Donatello, Beau Amaral (HR, 1) sent a solo shot into the bleachers in right field cutting the Suns lead to 5-4.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Suns right-hander Jake Esch opposed by Wahoos righty Tim Adleman. Esch enters with a 3-1 mark attached with a 1.93 ERA. Esch in his last start on 5/6 against Mobile tossed seven scoreless innings allowing five hits while walking three and striking out a season-high eight batters, in what was his third double-A victory. The Minnesota-native is a former 11th round draft pick of the Marlins out of Georgia Tech University.
Adleman will take the ball for Pensacola in his seventh start of 2015. The righty comes in with a 0-3 mark alongside a 2.03 ERA. In his last start he manufactured five scoreless frames allowing three hits while walking two and striking out a season-best seven batters. The Georgetown product was drafted in the 24th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2010 draft, and would enter the Reds organization as a MiLB free agent signing on October 14, 2013. Adleman made 30 appearances and six starts with Pensacola a year ago, pitching to a 2.85 earned-run mark.
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.
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Matchup: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (11-20) @ Jacksonville Suns (14-16)
Starters: PEN: RHP Tim Adleman (0-3, 2.03 ERA) vs. JAX: Jake Esch (3-1, 1.93 ERA)
Who’s Hot: After a four-hit night for Kenny Wilson in the series finale against Mobile, the Suns center fielder provided an encore performance manufacturing a 2-for-4 afternoon in yesterday’s 5-4 win, while tallying a pair of extra base hits and a run scored. Carlos Lopez is carrying a six-game hit streak into tonight in which he is 9-for-25 (.360). Utility-man David Adams has a four-game hit streak going 7-for-15 (.467) during that span. Matt Juengel has collected a hit in five-straight contests while going 7-for-23 (.304).
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Starter Kendry Flores is first in batting average against (.161) and WHIP (0.79) while closer Sean Donatello sits first in saves (9) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel is tied for second in games played (30), fourth in total at-bats (120), and fourth in total bases (54). Lay Batista is second in average against for relievers (.081).