By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (1-0, 30-40) will look for two straight wins tonight when they face off against the Biloxi Shuckers (0-1, 43-26) with a first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
In last night’s 6-2 win Terrence Dayleg provided his first homer of 2015, his second three-hit performance, multi-RBI game, and fifth multi-hit game while collecting four RBI in the win. He has eight RBI if you span back to the last series Jacksonville played in Chattanooga.
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.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Biloxi righty Tyler Wagner. Lyman enters this start 0-1 attached with a 7.36 ERA in 2 starts with Jacksonville. In his last start Lyman took a losing decision against Tennessee in six frames of work relinquishing three runs all earned on seven hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter. Prior to his call up to double-A, the California native worked in 11 starts with the Jupiter Hammerheads posting a 7-1 mark and an ERA of 1.61 while being honored as a Mid-Season All Star in the Florida State League. He’s a former 10th round draft pick in 2011 of the Marlins out of UC-Davis.
Wagner takes the ball 5-2 sporting a 2.43 earned run mark in 11 starts with the Shuckers. The right-hander did earn a call up to the parent club Milwaukee Brewers, and in three and two-thirds innings of work for his start, and MLB debut, he surrendered five runs (all earned) on nine hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks on 5/31. His last start with Biloxi came on 6/11 against the Mississippi Braves in which he was saddled with the loss after tossing six innings offering up five runs (all earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out six. The former fourth round draft pick of the Brewers in 2012 produced a month of June in which he’s gone 0-1 alongside a 4.15 ERA in a pair of starts.
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Matchup: Biloxi Shuckers (0-1, 43-26) @ Jacksonville Suns (1-0, 30-40)
Starters: BLX: RHP Tyler Wagner (5-2, 2.43 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-1, 7.36 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games, and during that stretch he has manufactured a .358 average (29-for-81). Backup catcher Chadd Krist has set his longest hitting streak of the year at five games while hitting .333 in his last five contests. Terrence Dayleg with a 3-for-4 night on Thursday that saw him blast his first home run of the year, and collect four RBI, has now driven in nine RBI in his last 10 games.
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. Matt Juengel sits second in total bases (121), third for home runs (13), and extra base hits (28), while he’s fourth in RBI (43) and slugging percentage (.524). Viosergy Rosa sits tied for fifth in walks generated (37). Austin Nola is tied for second in games played (67). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the third-best ratio (9.57) of fewest baserunners/9IP and average against (.206) while sitting fifth highest for K/9 ratio (9.82). Matt Tomshaw now controls the league’s ninth-best ERA (2.81). Starter Austin Brice has the fifth-best K/9 ratio for starters (8.80).