By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (16-27) fresh off a shutout victory of the Mississippi Braves (24-19) will get set for the series finale this afternoon with a first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. ET
from Bragan Field.
The Suns snapped their season worst seven-game losing streak in last night’s 2-0 win. Jacksonville had matched their longest losing stretch set in August of 2012 since affiliation with the Miami Marlins, and avoided setting the record for consecutive losses in a season since 2009.
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.
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 a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 12:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (16-27) @ Mississippi Braves (24-19)
Starters: JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.60 ERA) vs. MIS: RHP Victor Mateo (1-2, 2.83 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Last night was a good night for the Suns pitching staff not only seeing Trevor Williams get his first double-A victory, but also Sean Donatello notched his 11th save. The Jacksonville bullpen worked a scoreless 1 and 2/3 frames between Craig Stem, Lay Batista, and Sean Donatello. Terrance Dayleg not only provided the game-ending diving catch in right field, and a plethora of fine defensive plays, but has contributed offensively for the Suns batting .400 in his last 10 games.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Starter Kendry Flores is first in WHIP (0.83), second in batting average against (.169), second in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.82), and third in ERA (1.95) in the Southern League. Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (11) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .103 average.