By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (9-13, 38-53) will look to finish out their series strong against the Mississippi Braves (13-9, 46-44) tonight with a first pitch set for 6:00 p.m. ET from Trustmark Park.
Saturday night’s 4-2 loss cemented another series loss for the Jacksonville Suns, their 13th overall this season, and their fourth series coming up on the losing end since the start of the second half. JAX has now lost four of the five series to start the second half of the season, and are still looking for their first road series win since defeating the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in four out of five games between the dates of 6/6-6/10.
Victor Mateo (W, 6-5) worked seven and two-thirds frames and relinquished one run (earned) on seven hits while not allowing a walk and striking out a solo batter. Matt Tomshaw (L, 4-7) lasted six innings in his start for Jacksonville and allowed four runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out six. Mitch Lambson (S, 1) earned the save after collecting the final two outs out of the bullpen for Mississippi.
The scoring would begin in the top of the fifth, after a lead off walk to Levi Hymes, and a single off the bat of Sean Godfrey, put a pair of runners on for the Braves with nobody out. After a successful sacrifice bunt by Victor Mateo placing a pair of baserunners in scoring position, a two-run infield single off the bat of Emerson Landoni moved the Braves in front 2-0. Still with two runners on, Kevin Ahrens would come through with a two-run single to double up the Braves advantage and make it a 4-0 game. Flashing to the seventh, and newest Sun Eudy Pina led off with a triple to then get driven home courtesy of Sharif Othman’s RBI groundout to create scoreboard deficit for Jacksonville of 4-1. To the top of the ninth, against Braves bullpen arm Mark Lamm, Pina generated a one out triple to set up 90-feet away from home. Now with Mitch Lambson on the mound for Mississippi, Zack Cox laced a RBI single to make it a 4-2 contest. Out of the bullpen for Jacksonville Scott McGough tossed a pair of scoreless innings offering up one hit.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Mississippi righty Steve Janas. Lyman enters tonight’s start 0-5 alongside a 7.36 ERA in six starts with Jacksonville. The 25-year old in his last trip to the hill on 7/13 against Mobile, shouldered a losing decision in six frames of work in which he allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking four and striking out three. He is still looking for his first Double-A victory, and tonight he will square off with the Mississippi Braves for the first time in his career. Prior to his call up to the Suns, Lyman manufactured a 7-1 record and a Florida State League best 1.61 ERA in 11 starts with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads. The former 10th round selection of the Marlins organization has taken a loss in his last five trips to the hill in JAX, and now controls a career minor league record of 22-33 accompanied with a 4.07 earned run mark.
Janas will take the ball for Mississippi 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts with the Braves this year. His last start came on 7/13 in a matchup with the Chattanooga Lookouts, in which he took the loss after generating six frames allowing one run (earned) on five hits. He started the year at the High-A level with the Carolina Mudcats, and opened eyes after his 5-0 mark and miniscule 0.49 ERA in six starts earned him the promotion. The 23-year old is a former sixth-round draft pick of the Braves organization from the 2013 MLB June Free Agent Draft out of Kennesaw State University.
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 5:30 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (9-13, 38-53) @ Mississippi Braves (13-9, 46-44)
Starters: MIS: RHP Steve Janas (0-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-5, 7.36 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 34 of his last 43 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .331 average (55-for-166). David Adams has hit safely in 14 of his last 20 games, and during that span for Adams, he is hitting .323 (20-for-62). Sharif Othman controls an eight-game hit streak in which he is 9-for-29 (.310) at the plate. Eudy Pina became his tenure in the Miami Marlins organization Saturday night collecting a pair of triples along with two runs scored. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .353 in his last five games while controlling a three-game hit streak.
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 (54), and total bases (145). Carlos Lopez has tallied 95 hits, which is good for third in the S.L. Viosergy Rosa sits third 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 (9.76). Kenny Wilson and Carlos Lopez are knotted in second in games played (87). Zack Cox controls the sixth-best batting average in the league (.306).