By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (10-21, 39-61) and the Mobile BayBears (19-11, 53-46) will continue their series with game two tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Jacksonville on Tuesday night suffered a series opening loss now falling to 14-8 overall in the first game of a set, and their third defeat in an opener coming in the second half. After a stretch dating back to late in the first half, JAX had won eight-straight series openers, and they have now taken losses in their last three.
Braden Shipley (W, 8-8) in his start for Mobile lasted seven frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. Jarlin Garcia (L, 0-1) in his first double-A start for Jacksonville allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five in five and two-thirds innings. Silvino Bracho (S, 12) nailed down his 12th save of the year after tossing a scoreless ninth for Mobile.
In the last of the first inning Mobile got on the board after they received a lead off single by Sean Jamieson, to then have him set up at third after he stole second, and moved to third on a fly ball out. Then Garrett Weber grounded a RBI single into center to score Jamieson, and make it a 1-0 BayBears scoreboard advantage. Moving to the second, and the Suns would load the bases after a walk to David Adams, a single by Ryan Rieger, and Sharif Othman being hit by a pitch. With Kenny Wilson now at the plate, he generated a two RBI double to leap the Suns ahead 2-1. The BayBears tied the score at two in the bottom of the second when Mark Thomas (HR, 3) mashed a solo home run over the left field wall. Flashing to the bottom of the third Jack Reinheimer would double to then get knocked home courtesy of Weber’s RBI double moving Mobile ahead 3-2. After a Socrates Brito single, Gabriel Guerrero lined a two run single to balloon the BayBears advantage to 5-2.
Moving to the sixth it was Guerrero lacing a one out double, followed by a throwing error by Suns third baseman Matt Juengel that put Thomas on first. After a sacrifice bunt moving Thomas to second, and Jacksonville bullpen arm Craig Stem now in the game, a passed ball scored Guerrero and moved Mobile ahead 6-2. In the ninth frame against Mobile reliever Seth Simmons, the Suns loaded the bases with nobody out after Wilson’s single, a walk to Carlos Lopez, and a single by J.T. Riddle. With Bracho now on the hill for the BayBears, Juengel bounced out into a double play bringing in a run, and setting the Suns deficit at 6-3. Viosergy Rosa would line a RBI double to bring in Lopez and make it a 6-4 ballgame. Craig Stem out of the bullpen for the Suns lasted an inning and a third in scoreless fashion while relinquishing a walk and collecting a solo strikeout. Right-hander Juancito Martinez generated a scoreless eighth in relief for the Suns.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Josh Hodges to be opposed by Mobile righty Edgar Garcia. Hodges enters this start 1-0 alongside a 4.24 ERA in four appearances and two starts with Double-A Jacksonville. His last start came on 7/24 against Birmingham, in which he allowed five runs (all earned) on two hits while walking three and striking out four in a no decision. The 24-year old has made a pair of starts since Jake Esch was sent to the disabled list, after making a pair of trips to the hill out of the bullpen prior. This year he was at the single-A Greensboro before his call up, and posted a 3-2 record alongside a 1.17 ERA in 25 games out of the bullpen. Hodges was acquired by the Marlins organization in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Ingomar Attendance Center High School in New Albany, Miss.
Garcia takes the ball 2-0 while sporting a 4.86 earned run mark in ten games and four starts with the BayBears. His last start was on 7/24 against Mississippi, and the right-hander generated five scoreless frames surrendering only two hits in a winning decision. Garcia was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks as a minor league free agent in December of 2014, and formerly played within the Royals and Phillies organizations.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-21, 39-61) @ Mobile BayBears (19-11, 53-46)
Starters: MOB: RHP Edgar Garcia (2-0, 4.86 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Josh Hodges (1-0, 4.24 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson notched his second four hit game of the year, and his eighth multi-RBI game on Tuesday. Outfielder Eudy Pina has hit safely in five of his last seven games, and picked up his first home run as a Sun in Sunday night’s loss. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .349 in his last ten games while producing a hit in 11 of his last 12 games. Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .458 in his last eight games. Viosergy Rosa has tallied one home run and six RBI along with four runs scored in his last nine 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 (56), and total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 100 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for third in games played (95). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (52). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), average against (.191), and K/9 ratio (9.45). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.80). Zack Cox controls the fifth-best batting average in the league (.317).