By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (9-15, 38-55) will wrap up their mini two-game set with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (14-10, 39-53) tonight from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:35 p.m. ET.
After last night’s 7-4 loss, the Suns have lost five-straight games on this 7-game road trip, and have dipped to their lowest point below .500 (17 games) this year at 38-55. Overall on the road this year, JAX is 15-29, which is good for the worst road mark in the Southern League.
Josh Smith (W, 5-2) generated five and a third frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on 10 hits while walking two and striking out eight. Trevor Williams (L, 6-8) in his start for Jacksonville lasted three innings relinquishing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. Zack Weiss (S, 11) notched his 11th save of the year after hurling a scoreless ninth in which he would strand the bases full of Suns.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first after Bryson Smith reached via a fielding error by Suns third baseman Zack Cox, to then get driven in by Jesse Winker’s RBI double providing the Blue Wahoos a 1-0 lead. Next batter Marquez Smith (HR, 6) would then lace a two-run home run over the right field wall to balloon the lead to 3-0. Zach Vincej then tacked on a RBI single to bring home another run for Pensacola, and generate a 4-0 tally in the Wahoos favor. Moving to the top of the second and Smith (HR, 7) generated his second home run of the night to make it a 5-0 Pensacola. In the top of the third it was Kenny Wilson (HR, 6) who rocketed a solo home run into center to get the Suns on the board and make it a 5-1 contest. Flashing to the fourth and the Suns had a pair of runners on for Zack Cox’s RBI single that crept his squad to within a 5-2 score. Moving to the home half of the fifth, against Jacksonville bullpen arm Blake Logan, Seth Mejias-Brean (HR, 5) launched a solo home run to left pushing Pensacola ahead 6-2.
In the sixth frame, with Bryson Smith on base, Marquez Smith would drive him home after his RBI double made the tally 7-2. To the eighth, Kenny Wilson ripped a run scoring double to bring home Cox who walked to started off the frame. The Suns would now trail 7-3. In the ninth frame, David Adams led off with a single, that was soon followed by Terrence Dayleg being hit by a pitch, setting the table for a Cox run scoring single bringing the Suns to within three. With the bases now loaded, against Wahoos reliever Zack Weiss, the Suns would go down in order to finish the ballgame.
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 7:20 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (9-15, 38-55) @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos (14-10, 39-53)
Starters: PNS: RHP Barret Astin (1-1, 3.33 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (3-6, 5.45 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 35 of his last 45 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .324 average (56-for-173). Sharif Othman controls a ten-game hit streak, in which he is 12-for-38 (.316) at the plate. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .471 in his last five games while producing a hit in his last five contests. Zack Cox generated a 4-for-4 night on Monday, and is now hitting a blistering hot .571 in his last four games.
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 (55), and total bases (147). Carlos Lopez has tallied 96 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for second in games played (89). 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). Zack Cox controls the fifth-best batting average in the league (.316).