By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (8-9, 37-49) will gear up for their rubber match against the Mobile BayBears (9-8, 43-43) this afternoon with a first pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
Sunday with the Suns trailing by 11 runs in the bottom of the ninth, they were set up for their largest defeat of the year. A three run blast off the bat of Chadd Krist ensured JAX they would not face their largest scoreboard deficit of the season. An 11-1 loss to the Biloxi Shuckers on 6/28 still marks the club’s largest losing margin of the season.
With a win this afternoon the Suns can grab their second straight series win and clinch a winning homestand. If JAX were to take the series victory, they would have won five of the 10 five-game sets played at Bragan Field, and would tally their seventh series victory of 2015.
Today’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Mobile righty Braden Shipley. Lyman enters this start 0-4 alongside an ERA of 8.10 in five starts with Jacksonville. He is still looking for that first double-A victory, and has faced a losing decision in his last four trips to the hill. The 25-year old was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, where he would post the leagues’ best ERA of 1.61. The native of California at Bragan Field this year, has made three starts and has not faired well, posting an 0-3 mark attached with an earned run average of 8.36. He was originally a 10th round draft pick of the Marlins organization in the 2011 draft out of the University California-Davis.
Shipley will take the ball 4-8 saddled with an ERA of 4.38 in 17 starts with the BayBears. His last two trips to the hill featured losing decisions against Jackson and Pensacola on 7/3 and 7/8 respectively. A year ago with High-A Visalia, the righty was selected to be a participant in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game. The native of Oregon is only 23 years old, and a former first round selection of the Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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 11:50 a.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Monday the homestand comes to a close with Baseball in the SUNShine, Camp Day & Senior Citizens Day! All area camps are invited to come out to the Baseball Grounds and support the Suns during this special Monday afternoon game! Plus it’s Senior Citizens Day and all Seniors 62+ get buy one get one tickets!
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: Mobile BayBears (9-8, 43-43) @ Jacksonville Suns (8-9, 37-49)
Starters: MOB: RHP Braden Shipley (4-8, 4.38 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-4, 8.10 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 31 of his last 38 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .329 average (47-for-143). David Adams has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 games, and during that span for Adams, he is hitting .340 (16-for-47). Sharif Othman collected his second home run this year in Saturday night’s 4-3 win, and now controls a four-game hit streak in which he is 5-for-16 (.313) at the plate. Chadd Krist provided his second three RBI performance in Sunday’s loss. Zack Cox over his last 10 games has posted a .391 average after going 9-for-23 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 (134). Carlos Lopez has tallied 87 hits, which is good for fourth in the S.L. Viosergy Rosa sits second in walks generated (49). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), average against (.196), while controlling the third-best K/9 ratio (9.69). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.78). Kenny Wilson and Carlos Lopez are knotted in third in games played (82). Zack Cox controls the seventh best batting average in the league (.310).