By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (28-35) and the Tennessee Smokies (34-29) will get set for the series decider tonight from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
In series finales this year Jacksonville has been prone to struggle. The club has put together only a 3-9 mark in the final contest of their 12 series played so far here in 2015.
Jacob Turner (W, 1-1) in his second major-league rehab start for the Chicago Cubs twirled five scoreless innings surrendering two hits while walking one and striking out three. Trevor Williams (L, 3-7) got the nod for the Suns, and worked five and one-third frames allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits while walking four and fanning five batters.
The scoring would begin in the in the top of the fourth, when the Smokies Bijan Rademacher worked a two-out walk, to then steal second and get knocked in courtesy of Stephen Bruno’s RBI single. Tennessee would lead 1-0 through four innings of play. Tennessee added to their advantage in the top of the sixth after a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Rademacher’s RBI fielder’s choice ground ball. With the Smokies now leading 2-0, Bruno provided his second run-scoring knock of the contest to create a 3-0 tally. In the first of the eighth frame, against Suns reliever Frankie Reed, Rademacher singled and Stephen Bruno walked to put two runners on for a Wes Darvill RBI single that manufactured a 4-0-scoreboard edge for the Smokies. Jacksonville bullpen arm Brian Ellington entered in the same inning in relief of Reed, to retire a pair of batters and leave the bases loaded.In the bottom of the eighth Zack Cox got on base courtesy of a lead off single to then reach second and third on a pair of wild pitches from Tennessee reliever Corey Black. Cox was then driven home by Ryan Rieger’s sacrifice fly to center to trim the Suns’ deficit to 4-1.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Tennessee righty Ryan Williams. Lyman enters tonight’s start with a 10.80 ERA after only one start with Jacksonville in 2015. His lone start came on 6/10 against Pensacola, in which he would last five innings surrendering six runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out two. Prior to his call up to double-A, the California native put together a 7-1 start to his year with a 1.61 earned run mark (best in FSL) in 12 starts with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads. The dozen starts he had with Jupiter earned him the honors of being a Florida State League All-Star while also receiving the recognition as the league’s ‘Pitcher of the Month’ for May. He’s had only one prior start with Jacksonville that came on 7/21 of the last year against Birmingham, in which he generated five innings while allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits. The 25-year old is a former 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in 2011 out of the University of California-Davis.
Williams takes the ball 1-0 attached alongside a 4.50 ERA. He has only made a pair of starts with Tennessee on 6/3 and 6/9. The East Carolina University alum worked to a no decision his last time out against Birmingham in four innings in which he relinquished one run (earned) on four hits while walking one and striking out three. Before his call up, Williams appeared in nine games (8 starts) for the class-A South Bend Cubs and posted a 7-1 record to go along with a splendid 1.17 earned run mark. This season marks Williams’ first taste of double-A.
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Matchup: Tennessee Smokies (34-29) @ Jacksonville Suns (28-35)
Starters: PEN: RHP Ryan Williams (1-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-0, 10.80 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in thirteen of his last fifteen games and during that stretch has manufactured a .321 average (18-for-56). Matt Juengel blasted his eleventh home run of the season in Saturday’s loss. The right-handed slugger is hitting .324 in his last 10 games with three home runs and eight RBI. Zack Cox has a mini three-game and currently possesses a .357 batting average in his last five contests.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (14) in the Southern League. Zack Cox rests fourth in batting average (.322) and fifth in on-base percentage (.409). Matt Juengel is knotted in third for extra base hits (25), tied in third in home runs (11), and rests fifth in total bases (108).Viosergy Rosa sits third in walks generated (36). Jake Esch is fifth in fewest baserunners/ 9IP (9.90), WHIP (1.07), and tied for fourth in average against for starting pitchers holding opponents to a .215 clip while controlling the ninth-best ERA (2.71).