By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (7-8, 36-48) will continue their series tonight with the Mobile BayBears (8-7, 42-42) and first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m ET from Bragan Field
In last night’s 5-2 loss, the Suns bullpen was given the lead in the seventh inning, which they would cough up for the first time in the second half of the season. Jacksonville’s ‘pen is now 7-1 in the latter portion of 2015 when given the lead, and 34-7 overall when taking the ball with the scoreboard edge.
John Omahen (W, 2-0) in his winning decision lasted six innings surrendering two runs (both earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out one for Mobile. Sean Donatello (L, 0-4) (BS, 4) worked an inning in relief for the Suns and offered up two runs (both earned) on three hits while walking and striking out one in the losing decision. Silvino Bracho (S, 6) earned his sixth save of the year after tossing a scoreless ninth for the BayBears.
The scoring would begin in the fourth when Mobile had Zach Borenstein reach on a two-out walk then move to second on a wild pitch for Gabriel Guerrero’s RBI single to make it a 1-0 ballgame. In the last of the fourth frame the Suns plated two runs after sending eight men to the plate. With two runners on, a throwing error from BayBears catcher Mark Thomas scored J.T. Riddle and tied the game at one. That was soon followed up by a David Adams run-scoring single that made it 2-1. In the top of the seventh, against Suns reliever Sean Donatello, a lead off single and a pair of RBI doubles off the bat of Mark Thomas and Tom Belza made it 3-2 Mobile. In the first of the eighth frame, Suns bullpen arm Fabian Williamson worked into a bass loaded jam to then offer up a two RBI single to Belza, extending the BayBears advantage to 5-2. Austin Brice in his start for Jacksonville worked six innings allowing one run (earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out five in a no decision.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Jake Esch to be opposed by Mobile righty Zack Godley. Esch enters this start 6-5 alongside a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts with the Suns. The Georgia Tech product in his last outing shouldered a losing decision against Chattanooga on 7/6, in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out two. He was honored as the South Division’s starting pitcher in the S.L. All-Star game in Montgomery, and he would toss a scoreless frame against the league’s elite. At Bragan Field, Esch has been noticeably better pitching to an ERA of 1.91 in seven starts. The native of St. Paul, Minn., is a former 11th round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Godley will take the ball tonight 1-1 while sporting an ERA of 5.79 in a pair of starts with the BayBears. The South Carolina native spent a large portion this season at the High-A level with Visalia, where he would earn mid-season all star honors after carving out an earned run mark of 2.27 while controlling a record of 8-3. He’s a former 10th round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Tennessee, and was acquired by the Diamondbacks via a trade that sent major-league catcher Miguel Montero to the Chicago Cubs.
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 is Jimmy Buffett Night with Buffett Style Jersey Auction and Postgame Concert & J.T. Realmuto Bobblehead Giveaway! It’s Jimmy Buffett Night featuring cheeseburgers in paradise and Landshark specials plus the Suns will be wearing special Buffett style jerseys that will be available for silent auction during the game benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital, courtesy of Jacksonville Chrysler Jeep Dodge! Be sure to arrive early as the first 3,000 fans will get a J.T. Realmuto Bobblehead, courtesy of Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, First Coast News 12 & 25 & 96.1 WEJZ! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be at Bragan Field 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! Following the game will be a special Buffett themed concert from the George Aspinall Band!
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.
Listen Live to BayBears and Suns: Live- July 11, 2015:
Matchup: Mobile BayBears (8-7, 42-42) @ Jacksonville Suns (7-8, 36-48)
Starters: MOB: RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 5.79 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Jake Esch (6-5, 3.62 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 31 of his last 36 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .343 average (47-for-137). David Adams has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, and during that span for Adams, he is hitting .364 (16-for-44). Suns centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in six of his last seven games in the leadoff spot for JAX. Viosergy Rosa over his last 10 contests has put together a .316 average, going 6-for-19 at the plate.
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). Carlos Lopez has tallied 87 hits which is good for fourth in the S.L. Viosergy Rosa sits tied for third in walks generated (46). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), third in average against (.196), and K/9 ratio (9.69). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.78). Kenny Wilson is knotted in third in games played (80).