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 http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, 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: