By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (16-27) ended a season-worst seven-game losing streak tonight with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Mississippi Braves (24-19) Sunday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Suns starter Trevor Williams (W, 1-6) earned his first double-A victory lasting 6 and 1/3 scoreless frames allowing five hits while walking three and striking out three. Greg Ross (L, 2-4) took the loss working six innings surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking a batter and fanning two. Sean Donatello (S, 11) collected his Southern League leading 11th save of the year in a scoreless ninth for Jacksonville.
The scoring began in first when Kenny Wilson led off with a single to then move to second on a groundout, and rest in scoring position for Austin Nola’s RBI single that gave Jacksonville the 1-0 lead. On the same play, Nola took a wide turn around first which elicited a throw from Braves catcher Chris O’Dowd that was wide and rolled down the first base line moving Nola to third. Next batter Ryan Rieger cashed in with a RBI groundout to double up the Suns advantage and give them a 2-0 edge.
The Suns bullpen did fine work starting with Craig Stem, who entered in the seventh with two runners on, and retired both men to keep Williams in line for the win. Lay Batista hurled a scoreless eighth frame while walking a batter.
With the win Jacksonville ended a seven-game losing streak which matched the worst stretch for a Suns club under Marlins affiliation dating back to August of 2012.
The Suns and Braves will complete their series Monday afternoon with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field. The Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.60 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Victor Mateo (1-2, 3.10 ERA).
The homestand comes to a close on Memorial Day with Military Appreciation Day, Team Ghost Riders and Kids Run the Bases! Join the Suns early to help us honor all veterans of military service in a special ceremony and pregame video tribute! All Members of the military and their families get free admission into the game by showing their Military ID at the Suns Box Office, courtesy of Navy Federal Credit Union & WOKV! Plus it’s a special holiday edition of Kids Run the Bases following the game, presented by VyStar Credit Union!
Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 12:50 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: