By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (3-4, 32-44) and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (3-4, 28-47) will get set for the series decider tonight with a first pitch slated for 7:35 p.m. ET from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
Last night’s 2-1 loss marked Jacksonville’s 16th one-run loss this season while overall holding onto a 10-16 record in contest decided by a solo run. When falling behind after the seven innings of play the club is 0-38, and when trailing after eight they are 0-35.
Daniel Wright (W, 4-6) in his start for Pensacola worked seven innings surrendering two hits while walking two and striking out six. Matt Tomshaw (L, 3-5) generated seven innings allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits while walking one and striking out five in the loss for Jacksonville. Zack Weiss (S, 5) earned the save for Pensacola in which he offered up a home run to David Adams but nothing more in the ninth.
The scoring wouldn’t begin until the bottom of the seventh after Tomshaw would allowed a one out single to Juan Duran to then offer up a two-run home run to Seth Mejias-Brean (HR, 3) that broke the scoreless tie, and made it a 2-0 ballgame through seven innings of play. In the top of the ninth, David Adams (HR, 3) sent a solo shot over the left field wall to bring in Jacksonville’s only run in a 2-1 loss.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Pensacola righty Tim Adleman. Lyman takes the ball 0-2 attached alongside a 9.00 ERA in three starts with the Suns. Prior to his call up to JAX, Lyman was impressive in the Florida State League posting a 7-1 mark and 1.61 ERA en route to becoming a FSL Mid-Season All Star. The former 10th round selection of the Marlins had a rough go at it in his last trip to the hill on 6/26 against Biloxi, the right-hander would only last three innings and relinquish five runs (all earned) on four hits while walking five and striking out two in a losing decision. One of his three prior starts at the double-A level this year had come against Pensacola, and he would be shouldered with a rough second inning where he was tagged for six runs, but he would work four other scoreless frames in that start on his way to a no decision. The Suns would fall in that contest on 6/10, 7-6, courtesy of Ray Chang’s walk-off RBI double. Adleman comes into tonight’s start 3-6 while controlling the league’s third-best ERA of 2.09 in 14 starts with Pensacola. He is a former 24th round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, and was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds organization as a minor league free agent signing in October of 2013. In a pair of starts against the Suns, the 27-year old is 1-1 with an earned run mark of 2.92 offering up four runs (all earned) on 11 hits in 12 and a third innings pitched.
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 7:20 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (3-4, 32-44) @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos (3-4, 28-47)
Starters: PNS: RHP Tim Adleman (3-6, 2.09 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 25 of his last 28 games, and during that stretch he has manufactured a .352 average (37-for-105). David Adams has a six-game hit streak after blasting his third home run of the year on Thursday night, and during the hit streak he’s hitting .350 (7-for-20). J.T. Riddle blasted his first double-A home run on Monday and finished a single shy of the cycle, and Wednesday night, the shortstop collected an RBI, and has hit safely in three of the five games he has played in Jacksonville since his call up on 6/27. Matt Juengel blasted his 14th home run in and collected his team-lead 46th RBI in Wednesday night’s 6-2 win. Terrence Dayleg has hit a hot stretch batting .308 over his last 10 while collecting a base knock in a pinch-hit performance on Thursday night.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Closer Sean Donatello (on DL) is first in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests third in home runs (14) and fourth in total bases (127), extra base hits (29), while sitting fifth in RBI (46). Viosergy Rosa sits third in walks generated (42). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the third-best ratio for fewest baserunners/9IP (9.30) and average against (.196) while he’s fourth best in K/9 ratio (9.69). Starter Austin Brice has the fourth-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.49). Kenny Wilson is knotted first in games played (73). Starter Matt Tomshaw has the ninth-best ERA (2.78) in the S.L.