By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (9-10, 38-50) will turn to starter Austin Brice in game two of their series against the Mississippi Braves (10-9, 43-44) tonight with a first pitch set for 8:00 p.m. ET from Trustmark Park.
Suns starter Trevor Williams tossed the first three innings of last night’s start scoreless extending his scoreless innings streak to 15 innings. That would get snapped by Matt Kennelly’s double play ground ball with the bases loaded that plated the lone run given up the Suns right-hander last night. The last runner to plate prior to that against Williams came via a two RBI double that was offered up to Nathan Orf of the Biloxi Shuckers on 6/28. Overall in the month of July, Williams has surrendered only one run in his 18 frames pitched.
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.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Austin Brice to be opposed by Mississippi righty Andrew Barbosa. Brice enters this start 3-6 alongside a 5.00 ERA in in 16 starts with the Suns. In his last start on 7/10 against Mobile, he would manufacture six innings allowing one run (earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out five in a 87-pitch performance. The 23-year old has made one start against Mississippi this year, in which he took the loss in four innings of work where he would relinquish five runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out two. In the second half of the season the former ninth-round draft pick of the Marlins in 2010 has put together a 1-0 mark and a miniscule ERA of 0.50 in three starts and 18.0 innings pitched. His strikeout to walk ratio has noticeably improved over the second half, as he has walked only three batters opposed to 26 strikeouts.
Barbosa will take the ball 1-1 attached with an ERA of 4.22 in one start with the Braves and three appearances and one start with the Mobile BayBears before coming over to the Braves organization. The righty’s lone start with Mississippi came on July 10th in what was a winning decision against the Chattanooga Lookouts in seven scoreless frames of work. The 27-year old was signed by the Braves to a minor league contract on 7/10. He’s a former 36th round selection of the Diamondbacks in the 2012 First-Year-Player Draft out of the University of South Florida.
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 7:45 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Mississippi Braves (10-9, 43-44) @ Jacksonville Suns (9-10, 38-50)
Starters: MIS: RHP Andrew Barbosa (1-1, 4.22 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (3-6, 5.00 ERA)
Who’s Hot:Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 32 of his last 40 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .329 average (50-for-152). David Adams has hit safely in 13 of his last 18 games, and during that span for Adams, he is hitting .345 (19-for-55). Sharif Othman now controls a six-game hit streak in which he is 7-for-23 (.304) at the plate. Kenny Wilson provided his first three RBI night of the year while blasting his fifth home run of the 2015 campaign breaking out a 0-for-15 stretch 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 second in home runs (15), third in RBI (51), and fourth total bases (140). Carlos Lopez has tallied 90 hits, which is good for fourth in the S.L. Viosergy Rosa sits second in walks generated (50). 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 (84). Zack Cox controls the ninth-best batting average in the league (.301).