By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (14-17) after facing a 5-0 defeat at the hands of their in-state rival Pensacola Blue Wahoos (12-20) last night, get set for game three of the five-game set today with a 11:05 a.m. first pitch from Bragan Field.
The Suns faced their sixth defeat in which they finished the contest not plating a run. In the loss Jacksonville snapped a three-game winning streak.
Tim Adleman (W, 1-3) lasted six scoreless innings allowing six hits while walking a batter and striking out two in his first win of the year for Pensacola. Suns starter Jake Esch (L, 3-2) tossed seven frames surrendering four earned runs on four hits while walking three and fanning four batters.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first, when Kyle Waldrop blasted a two-run triple into the right centerfield gap that drove home Beau Amaral and Jesse Winker to give the Wahoos a 2-0 lead. Next batter, Seth Mejias-Brean followed it up with a RBI groundout that extended the lead to 3-0 through one inning of play. Flashing ahead to the sixth inning, Pensacola added a solo run on a sac fly from Mejias-Brean that scratched across Jesse Winker, extending the Wahoos scoreboard advantage to 4-0 through six frames at Bragan Field. The eighth saw Waldrop provide his third RBI, this time on a run-scoring single to balloon the Pensacola lead to 5-0.
Casey McCarthy tossed a pair of innings in relief after entering in the eighth for Jacksonville, surrendering one earned run on two hits while not walking a batter and striking out three.
Today’s starting pitching matchup will feature right-hander Trevor Williams taking the ball for the Suns to be opposed by Wahoos righty Robert Stephenson. Williams has yet to earn a victory in six starts while posting a 0-4 record attached with a 5.46 ERA. The Marlins number eighth-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, has faced a losing decision in his last four trips to the hill, and on the 10-game road trip he tossed a total of nine innings in a pair of starts relinquishing ten earned runs on 14 hits while walking eight and striking out five.
Stephenson is the top-ranked farmhand in the Reds organization, who enters with a 0-4 mark alongside a 5.46 ERA. The righty comes off a losing decision at the hands of the Tennessee Smokies, in which he surrendered two earned runs on four hits while walking a season-high seven batters and striking out four, in a 105 pitch performance. The California-native was a first-round pick of the Reds in 2011 out of Alhambra High School, where he would pitch consecutive no-hitters to open the 2011 high school season. His arsenal includes a high-90’s fastball that has good location accompanied with a curveball and changeup. Baseball America tabs him as the 23rd ranked prospect on their annual “Top 100” list.
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 10:50 a.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Wednesday is Celebration of Reading Day #2! This 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.
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Matchup: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (12-20) @ Jacksonville Suns (14-17)
Starters: PEN: RHP Robert Stephenson (0-4, 6.85 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (0-4, 5.46 ERA)
Who’s Hot: While the Suns were shutout 5-0 last night, Jacksonville did have all eight position players in the original starting lineup collect a hit. Carlos Lopez carries a seven-game hit streak into today’s game in which he is 10-for-29 (.345). Matt Juengel boasts a hit in six consecutive contest going 8-for-27 (.297). Along with a four-game hit streak, Sharif Othman boasts a .440 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Starter Kendry Flores is first in batting average against (.161) WHIP (0.79), fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.36), while closer Sean Donatello sits first in saves (9) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel is tied for second in games played (31), and knotted in fourth in total at-bats (124). Austin Brice has the second-highest K/9 rate (10.59) in the ten-team league.