By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (1-1, 30-41) will send out Jose Fernandez in his final major league rehab start to face off against the Biloxi Shuckers (1-1, 44-26) tonight from Bragan Field with a first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. ET.
The Jacksonville Suns are proud to announce that 2013 National League Rookie of the Year and Miami Marlins ace right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez is scheduled to make his last start in his major league rehab assignment tonight. So far Fernandez has made four rehab starts with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, going 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts. In his last start on Monday night, Fernandez earned the win in his seven innings against the St. Lucie Mets. In his seven innings he allowed only a run on four hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. The Marlins plan for tonight’s start in Jacksonville to be his last in the minor leagues, allowing him to make his 2015 major league debut on Thursday July 2 against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park in Miami at 12:10. Fernandez will throw around 90 pitches for the Suns, and the Marlins hope he can continue to have good results in the minors. Fernandez is recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent on May 16, 2014 by Dr. Neal El Attrache in Los Angeles. Last season Fernandez made eight starts for the Marlins, going 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA.
Fernandez will look to help Jacksonville bounce back after a 7-3 loss a night ago at the hands of the Shuckers.
Tyler Wagner (W, 6-2) generated seven innings in his start for Biloxi allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out five. Suns starter Scott Lyman (L, 0-2) worked three innings allowing five runs (all earned) on four hits while walking five and striking out two.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first after Josh Fellhauer generated a one out walk, to then get knocked in by Orlando Arcia’s RBI triple pushing Biloxi ahead 1-0. With Arcia on third, a wild pitch from Suns starter Lyman brought him home and doubled up the lead to 2-0. Moving to the last of the second three straight singles with one out courtesy of Ryan Rieger, Terrence Dayleg, and Zack Cox loaded the bases for Sharif Othman. Othman then grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice plating a run, and a throwing error by Shuckers shortstop Arcia brought home another baserunner on the same play to tie the score at two through two innings of play.
In the top of the fourth the Shuckers worked the bases loaded against Suns starter Lyman who offered up a walk to Nathan Orf to force in a run from third and give Biloxi a 3-2 lead. Now with Jacksonville bullpen arm Chipper Smith on the mound, he would relinquish a walk to force in the inning’s second run and provide Biloxi with a 4-2 edge. Arcia’s run-scoring double completed the scoring in the frame and set the scoring at 5-2.Flashing to the sixth frame Biloxi worked a pair of runners on with one out for Michael Reed’s run-scoring single making it a 6-2 ballgame. Next batter Nick Ramirez then lifted a RBI sacrifice fly to center to bring in a runner from third pushing the Suns deficit to 7-2.The Suns tacked on a solo run in the bottom of the seventh, via a David Adams pinch-hit RBI double that brought in Zack Cox after he worked a one out walk. The Suns were now trailing 7-3. Chipper Smith in relief for Jacksonville hurled three frames surrendering two runs (none earned) while walking one striking out four. Fabian Williamson hurled a perfect seventh inning out of the bullpen for the Suns. Blake Logan tossed a scoreless two innings in the eighth and ninth innings.
Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Saturday celebrate Madame Chairman Mary Frances Bragan’s 91st Birthday with Mary Frances Bragan Bobblehead Giveaway, Blood Alliance Blood Drive & Post-Game Fireworks! Be sure to arrive early as the first 3,000 fans will get a Mary Frances Bragan Bobblehead, courtesy of the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships, CBS-47 & WOKV! The Blood Alliance 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! It’s also the Saturday Night Shrimp Buffet courtesy of Sea Best! Get unlimited Butterfly Breaded Shrimp and sides from 6-8 in the Sundowner Lounge! Plus stick around for a special Saturday Fireworks Show for Mrs. Bragan!
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.
Matchup: Biloxi Shuckers (1-1, 44-26) @ Jacksonville Suns (1-1, 30-41)
Starters: BLX: RHP Jorge Lopez (5-2, 3.02 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Jose Fernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games, and during that stretch he has manufactured a .342 average (29-for-85). 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 men 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 slugging percentage (.522) and fifth in RBI (43). Viosergy Rosa sits fifth in walks generated (38). Zack Cox is eighth in the S.L. in bating average (.312). Austin Nola is tied for second in games played (68). 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 eighth-best ERA (2.81). Starter Austin Brice has the fifth-best K/9 ratio for starters (8.80).