By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (21-31) can earn a series victory tonight in their matchup with the Montgomery Biscuits (24-28) slated for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
The Suns are now winners of two straight after earning their eighth one-run win of the year in a 4-3 contest yesterday with the Biscuits.
Matt Tomshaw (W, 1-4) tossed a scoreless seventh frame in relief for his first winning decision of the year after allowing one hit accompanied with a walk and a pair of strikeouts for the Suns. Mark Sappington (L, 2-4) took the loss in relief for Montgomery after entering in the seventh, and allowing one run (earned) on one hit while walking two and striking out three. Steve Cishek (S, 1) manufactured a perfect ninth frame while not allowing a hit or a walk and striking out one.
The scoring began in the top of the first for the Biscuits after Boog Powell would lead off with a single then subsequently stole second and reached third on a throwing error from Suns catcher Sharif Othman. Next batter Daniel Robertson left his at-bat after three pitches due to injury to be replaced by Tommy Coyle. Coyle would step in with two strikes and reach via a fielding error courtesy of Suns second baseman Danny Black that would score Powell. With a 1-0 lead, Coyle would then steal second and reach third on Othman’s second throwing error of the frame. Cameron Seitzer then cashed in with a RBI sacrifice fly scoring Coyle and doubling up his squad’s advantage to 2-0. To the last of the fourth and Jacksonville took the lead after bringing home three runs. First Carlos Lopez started the frame with a double then moved to third on a Austin Nola groundout to second base. Next batter Viosergy Rosa, sent home Lopez after his productive groundball out brought the Suns to within 2-1. Then Matt Juengel (HR, 7) powered a two-run home run to left field that bolted the Suns in front 3-2.
Moving towards the fifth and the Biscuits worked the bases loaded against Brice after a single and a pair of walks. Johnny Field Jr. then tied the score at three after arching a RBI sacrifice fly to center bringing in a runner from third. Flashing ahead to the seventh frame and Zack Cox started things off with a single against Biscuits reliever Mark Sappington, then a walk to Danny Black, and a wild pitch set up the Suns with two runners in scoring position and one out. After a walk to Lopez that loaded the bases, a second wild pitch in the frame from Sappington scored Cox and pushed Jacksonville out a 4-3 advantage. Suns starter Austin Brice lasted six innings surrendering three runs (two earned) while walking three and striking out five. Montgomery’s right-handed starter Jaime Schultz countered with six frames relinquishing three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking and striking out three. Blake Logan entered in the eighth and struck out the side for Jacksonville.
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: Montgomery Biscuits (24-28) @ Jacksonville Suns (21-31)
Starters: MTG: LHP Blake Snell (3-0, 0.72 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.13 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Matt Juengel powered his team-leading seventh home run of the year yesterday, and also controls a team best 25 RBI. Kenny Wilson has collected a hit in seven of his last eight games and has posted a .348 average over his last five. Zack Cox over his last 10 games has manufactured a .435 average, which has helped catapult him to control the S.L.’s third best B.A. (.329). Carlos Lopez has put together a mini 4-game hit streak going 5-for-15 (.333) in that stretch.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (13) in the Southern League. Starter Jake Esch now controls the eighth-best ERA (2.65) in the S.L. Zack Cox rests third in batting average (.329) and fourth in on-base percentage (.411). Viosergy Rosa has generated 29 walks, which is good enough for fifth-best in the ten-team league.