Suns Blank Smokies 2-0

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (28-33) used an efficient one-hit performance combined between four different pitchers to defeat the Tennessee Smokies (32-29) 2-0 Friday night from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:

Jake Esch (W, 5-3) in his start for Jacksonville worked six scoreless innings allowing only a solo hit while walking one and striking out six in a winning decision. Smokies starter Frank Batista (L, 6-2) hurled seven frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Steve Cishek (S, 2) collected his second save with Jacksonville after providing a perfect ninth inning that was accompanied with a strikeout.

In this pitcher’s duel, the scoring would begin in the bottom of sixth, after Viosergy Rosa worked a lead off walk, to then get driven in by Matt Juengel’s RBI triple to leap the Suns in front 1-0. Next batter Terrance Dayleg, subsequently grounded a RBI infield single to shortstop that sent home Juengel and doubled up Jacksonville’s lead to 2-0 through six innings of play.

Out of the bullpen for the Suns Frankie Reed tossed a scoreless seventh inning while Craig Stem provided a perfect 1-2-3 eighth.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Saturday afternoon from Bragan Field with a first pitch slated for 12:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Austin Brice (2-4, 6.57 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with right-hander Ivan Pineyro (4-3, 3.61 ERA).

Saturday is a special 12:05 matinee at Bragan Field and it’s Comic-Con Day & our Pet Friendly Weekend Continues! On this day $10 parking will be available only in Lot P and Lot X for Suns fans. Don’t miss the first ever Comic-Con Day at the Baseball Grounds as the Suns encourage all fans to dress up for the game! The first 1,000 kids get a free light sword and see lightsaber dueling by Master Will’s Jedi Academy of North Florida, courtesy of Folio Weekly & 96.9 The Eagle!  Plus Pet Friendly Weekend at the Baseball Grounds continues and all dog’s get in to the game for just $2.50, courtesy of Pedigree.

Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through,, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 11:50 a.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:


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