By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
PEARL, Miss. – The Jacksonville Suns (9-14, 38-54) fell to the Mississippi Braves (14-9, 47-44) 5-3 Sunday night from Trustmark Park.
Stephen Janas (W, 1-2) in his start for the Braves worked five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. Scott Lyman (L, 0-6) generated five and one third innings and surrendered four runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. Jason Hursh (S, 1) collected his first save for the Braves working in a pair of inning allowing one run (earned) on three hits.
The scoring would begin in the top of the second for Jacksonville, after a pair of singles provided by Viosergy Rosa and Ryan Rieger put runners on the corners with one out for Sharif Othman’s RBI single making it a 1-0 ballgame. With the bases now loaded, Eudy Pina reached on a fielding error by Braves shortstop Emerson Landoni, which would bring home Rieger to double up the Suns advantage at 2-0.
To the home half of the fourth the Braves collected a single by Landoni, a walk to KD Kang, and a base knock by Kevin Ahrens to load the bases with nobody out. It was then David Rohm who tied the score after his two RBI single brought home Landoni and Kang. With the bases loaded once again after a walk to Hymes, Steve Rodriguez laced a RBI single to put the Braves ahead 3-2. A Steve Janas RBI groundout tacked on a solo run for the Braves making the tally now 4-2.
In the bottom of the seventh frame, against Suns bullpen arm Raudel Lazo, Ahrens added to the Braves lead after his RBI single leaped his squad in front 5-2 with two outs in the inning.
In the first of the eighth inning Terrence Dayleg ripped a single that was soon followed up by J.T. Riddle’s double to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Next batter Matt Juengel manufactured a run scoring groundout to trim the Suns deficit to 5-3.
Lazo manufactured one and two thirds frames in relief for the Suns relinquishing one run (earned) on three hits. Juancito Martinez worked a scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen for Jacksonville.
The Suns will begin a short two-game set against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:35 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Trevor Williams (6-7, 3.83 ERA) while the Wahoos will counter with righty Josh Smith (4-2, 2.95 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Monday’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 7:20 p.m. ET.
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.
Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: