By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
PEARL, Miss. – The Jacksonville Suns (9-10, 38-50) topped the Mississippi Braves (10-9, 43-44) 7-2 in the series opener Wednesday night from Trustmark Park.
Trevor Williams (W, 6-7) in his start for Jacksonville generated six frames allowing one run (earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out three. Jorge Reyes (L, 6-5) lasted five innings surrendering six runs (four earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out one in his start for Mississippi.
The scoring would begin in the top of the third for Jacksonville, after Zack Cox and Sharif Othman led off the frame with a pair of walks to put two runners on for Williams. Williams would lay down a bunt and reach on a throwing error by Braves catcher Matt Kennelly, which brought in Cox and made it 1-0 Jacksonville. Next batter Kenny Wilson would then rip a RBI double to right field to score Othman and double up the Suns advantage to 2-0. The Suns weren’t done in the frame when Carlos Lopez laced a RBI single to push his squad’s advantage to 4-0, as the second run would come in courtesy of an error.
To the last of the fourth, and the Braves loaded the bases after a pair of singles and a walk. Matt Kennelly would then bring in Mississippi’s first run courtesy of a double play ball. The Suns lead was now 4-1 through four frames of play.
In the top of the fifth, with Williams on after his one out single, Kenny Wilson (HR, 5) would rip a two run home run deep over the left centerfield wall to make it 6-1 Jacksonville.
Flashing to the seventh frame, Lopez would provide a triple to then get knocked in next batter courtesy of J.T. Riddle’s RBI sacrifice fly to center that gave the Suns a 7-1 cushion.
To the bottom of the ninth, with Suns bullpen arm Juancito Martinez on the mound, Levi Hyams led off with a triple to then come in after a Martinez wild pitch making it a 7-2 ballgame.
Out of the bullpen for the Suns Raudel Lazo worked a scoreless seventh frame, while Scott McGough manufactured a scoreless eighth after walking one and striking out a solo batter.
The Suns and Braves will square off again Thursday night from Trustmark Park with a first pitch set for 8:00 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (3-6, 5.00 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Andrew Barbosa (1-1, 4.22 ERA)
Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET.
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: