By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (1-0, 30-40) took the series and second half opener from the Biloxi Shuckers (0-1, 43-26) 6-2 Thursday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Matt Tomshaw (W, 3-4) hurled seven frames surrendering one run (earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out a pair of batters in his start for Jacksonville. Shuckers starter Brent Suter (L, 4-3) manufactured five innings surrendering two runs (both earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter.
The scoring would begin in the top of the fourth after Suns starter Tomshaw relinquished a walk and a single to start of the frame, then to offer up a RBI sacrifice fly to Biloxi’s Tyrone Taylor to give the Shuckers a 1-0 lead.
To the bottom of the frame the Suns responded when Austin Nola led off with a double, to then get knocked in two batters later by Matt Juengel’s run-scoring triple to tie the score at one.
In the fifth Jacksonville broke the tie via Kenny Wilson’s RBI single making it a 2-1 score.
In the last of the sixth, against Shuckers reliever Martin Viramontes, Viosergy Rosa and David Adams reached base courtesy of a single and a walk respectively, then Terrence Dayleg (HR, 1) blasted a three-run shot over the left field wall to clear the bases and provide the Suns with a 5-1 advantage.
To the seventh Dayleg manufactured his fourth RBI after his run-scoring base knock brought home a run and gave the Suns a 6-1 advantage.
Flashing to the eighth Biloxi’s Josh Fellhauer (HR, 1) blasted a solo shot off of Suns reliever Craig stem to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
The Suns and Shuckers will continue their series on Friday night with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field. The Suns will send out right-hander Jake Esch (5-4, 3.65 ERA) while the Shuckers will counter with righty Tyler Wagner (5-2, 2.43 ERA).
Celebrate the end of the school year as all kids get FREE admission by showing their report card at the Suns Box Office. Be sure to arrive early as the first 2,000 fans get a 2015 Suns team card set. Stay after the game for the Friday Family Fireworks presented by your NAPA AutoCare center dealers. The Bloodmobile will be on hand and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood. The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game plus a hot dog and soda voucher.
Suns fans can also listen to Friday’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 6:50 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: