By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (7-7, 36-47) will square off against the Mobile BayBears (7-7, 41-42) in game two of their five game set tonight with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
Trevor Williams (W, 5-7) in his start for Jacksonville lasted six scoreless innings allowing five hits while not walking a batter and striking out three. Blayne Weller (L, 0-1) in his double-A debut generated five and one third innings relinquishing four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking two and not striking out a batter in a losing decision.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first, after Carlos Lopez manufactured an infield single that was soon followed by J.T. Riddle’s RBI double that gave the Suns a 1-0 lead. In the last of the second the Suns worked the bases loaded with three straight one-out singles provided by Zack Cox, Sharif Othman, and Trevor Williams. Kenny Wilson would double up Jacksonville’s advantage with a RBI sacrifice fly into centerfield making it a 2-0 ballgame. In the bottom of the fifth, Lopez collected a double to then get knocked in two batters later by Matt Juengel’s run scoring double that made it 3-0 Jacksonville. To the last of the sixth, and Zack Cox produced a one out triple to chase BayBears starter Weller from the game. In relief for Mobile was right-hander Jimmie Sherfy, who then offered up a wild pitch to bring in Cox from third and make it 4-0 Suns. In the seventh frame, the Suns brought nine batters to the plate and plated three runs. A Juengel two RBI double, and a David Adams run-scoring single made it 7-0 Jacksonville through seven frames of play. Flashing to the away half of the eighth, and a combination of a Jack Reinheimer double and a Rudy Flores run producing single made the tally 7-1. Gerson Montilla laced a RBI single into center to make it a 7-2 game in the ninth. The Suns bullpen tonight featured performances from Raudel Lazo, Scott McGough, and Craig Stem, who would work a total of three innings in relief allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Austin Brice to be opposed by Mobile righty John Omahen. Brice enters this start 3-6 alongside a 5.30 ERA in 15 starts with the Suns. The former ninth-round selection of the Marlins in 2010 exited his last start against Chattanooga after four scoreless innings, in which he allowed one hit while walking one and striking out eight in a no decision. Over his last two starts the North Carolina native has collected 21 strikeouts. Brice entered this season as Miami’s 29th ranked prospect according to Baseball America, and his first half saw him work to an ERA of 6.37 in 13 starts.
Omahen will take the ball tonight with a 1-0 mark sporting an ERA of 3.65 in a pair of starts for the BayBears. The right-hander is a recent call up from High-A Visalia, where he was elected as a California League Mid-Season All Star after providing a 6-2 record while sporting a 3.35 earned run mark in 14 starts. The 26-year old is a former 35th round selection of the Marlins in 2011, and was signed by the Diamondbacks organization out of the independent leagues in 2014.
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.
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Matchup: Mobile BayBears (7-7, 41-42) @ Jacksonville Suns (7-7, 36-47)
Starters: MOB: RHP John Omahen (1-0, 3.65 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (3-6, 5.30 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 31 of his last 35 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .353 average (47-for-133). David Adams has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, and during that stretch for Adams, he is hitting .366 (15-for-41). Suns centerfielder Kenny Wilson has now hit safely in his last six games controlling JAX’s longest current hit streak. Matt Juengel broke out of a tough stretch with his third three RBI performance this year and his 18th multi hit game on Thursday night.
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 rests third in home runs (14), fourth in RBI (50), and total bases (132). Zack Cox sits tenth in batting average (.307). Carlos Lopez has tallied 87 hits which is good for fourth in the S.L. Viosergy Rosa sits tied for second in walks generated (46). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), and average against (.196) while he’s holding onto the third best K/9 ratio (9.69). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.97). Kenny Wilson is knotted in third in games played (79).