By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (28-36) fell in their rubber match with the Tennessee Smokies (35-29) 5-1 Monday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Ryan Williams (W, 2-0) generated six innings surrendering one run (earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out seven. Suns starter Scott Lyman (L, 0-1) worked six frames on the mound allowing three runs (all earned) while walking one and striking out a batter.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first when Jacob Hannenman and Kyle Schwarber were set up in scoring position after a single and a double respectively. Dan Vogelbach then provided a RBI groundout to score Hanneman and leap the Smokies in front 1-0.
In the bottom half of the first Kenny Wilson worked a lead off walk to then execute a hit-and-run with Carlos Lopez to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Next batter, Austin Nola, bounced a RBI base knock into center to tie the score at one.
Moving to the first of the third frame Albert Almora Jr. laced a lead off triple to set up 90-feet away from home with nobody out. Then Vogelbach bounced a run-scoring groundout to first to bring home Almora and hop Tennessee ahead 2-1.
Flashing ahead to the sixth, Schwarber and Vogelbach manufactured a single and a double respectively, to put runners on the corners. It was Billy McKinney who brought in Schwarber from third with a cue shot infield single to third. The Smokies would claim a 3-1 advantage.
The Smokies started out the seventh with a pinch-hit single from Willson Contreas, followed by a fielding error by Suns second baseman Terrence Dayleg that placed pinch runner Tayler Scott on third. A RBI sacrifice fly from Albert Almora Jr. pushed the Smokies edge to 4-1.
In the top of the ninth, with reliever Scott McGough now in for Jacksonville, he would face runners on the corners to then relinquish a RBI groundout to Schwarber pushing the tally to 5-1 in Tennessee’s favor.
Jacksonville bullpen arm Craig Stem worked in the seventh and relinquished one unearned run on a solo hit. Fabian Williamson hurled a scoreless eighth inning while allowing a hit alongside three walks and a solo strikeout. McGough twirled the ninth and was tagged for a run (earned) on two hits.
The Suns will start a five-game series with the Chattanooga Lookouts Wednesday night from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated for 7:15 p.m. ET to round out the first half of the season. The Suns will send out lefty Matt Tomshaw (2-4, 3.86 ERA) while the Lookouts have yet to announce their starter.
Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM &100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:00 p.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: