By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (15-27) were shutout for the eighth time this season after falling to the Mississippi Braves (24-18) 6-0 Saturday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Braves starter Jorge Reyes (W, 5-2) tossed five scoreless innings allowing three hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. Austin Brice (L, 1-4) generated four frames surrendering five earned runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out a pair of batters for Jacksonville.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first when Mississippi had runners on second and third after a walk to Chris O’Dowd, and a double by David Rome, set the table for KD Kang’s two-run single to leap his squad out to an early 2-0 lead. Next batter Kevin Ahrens would extend the Braves advantage after mashing a RBI double to set the Suns deficit at 3-0.
In the third the Braves tacked on a pair of runs courtesy of a RBI sacrifice fly by Emerson Landoni that scored KD Kong who lead off the frame with a single. With pitcher Jorge Reyes at the plate, a wild 2-6-5-4 putout of Eric Garcia allowed time for Seth Loman to score from third and give the Braves a 5-0 lead.
Flashing ahead to the seventh, Mississippi plated a solo run courtesy of Kevin Ahrens’ run scoring double that made the tally 6-0.
Lefty reliever Matt Tomshaw entered in the fifth, and churned out a pair of scoreless frames allowing one hit while striking out a batter for Jacksonville. Brian Ellington worked two innings in relief relinquishing one earned run. Lay Batista put together a scoreless ninth frame for the Suns.
The Suns and Braves will continue their series Sunday night with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field. The Suns will send out right-hander Trevor Williams (0-6, 6.25 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Greg Ross (2-2, 4.83 ERA).
Sunday Night the Holiday Weekend continues as the Suns Play a Special Memorial Day Weekend Sunday Night Game at 7:05 and Salute the Military with a Special Memorial Day Weekend Post-Game Fireworks Show, courtesy of Navy Mutual, CW17 and 99.1 WQIK! Plus it’s an encore performance following the game and fireworks from Team Ghost Riders, sponsored by Memorial Hospital! Also the latest and hottest rides from your local Southern Ford Dealers will be on hand!
Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM or 600 AM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:35 p.m. ET
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.
Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: