By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (10-22, 39-62) will look to snap a four-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Mobile BayBears (20-11, 54-46) with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Tonight with a loss, the Suns would drop another series in the second half of the season. Overall Jacksonville has won only six of their 21 series played, and have come up on the winning end of only one series in the second half. JAX will have an uphill climb against the first-place Mobile BayBears, with not only the club resting in first place in the South Division, but with the Suns’ road struggles continuing posting their largest mark below .500 on the road (15-32), and overall (39-62).
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Mobile righty Yoan Lopez. Tomshaw enters tonight’s start 4-8 alongside a 4.34 ERA in 23 games and 12 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 7/25 against Birmingham, in which the southpaw would earn a losing decision in five frames of work allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking four and striking out four in a 84-pitch performance. Since being moved to the starting rotation the 26-year old has posted a 3-7 mark attached with an ERA of 4.30 in 67 innings. The native of Kingston, N.Y. has made three appearances and one start against the BayBears this year, and generated an 0-1 record while saddled with an inflated 10.38 ERA in a total of eight and two-thirds innings, relinquishing 10 runs (all earned) on 17 hits. Tomshaw is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2011 out of Jacksonville University, and was acquired by the Marlins as a Rule-5 pickup in 2014.
Lopez takes the ball 1-3 alongside a 3.34 ERA in seven games and six starts with Mobile. His last start with Mobile came on 6/28 against Tennessee, in what was a losing decision in three and two-thirds frames of work. This year Lopez also spent time with the Arizona Fall League Diamondbacks and appeared in one game and worked to a spotless ERA in six innings on the mound. He signed with the Diamondbacks organization as an international free agent in January of 2015, and would agree to a signing bonus of over eight million dollars.
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 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-22, 39-62) @ Mobile BayBears (20-11, 54-46)
Starters: MOB: RHP Yoan Lopez (1-3, 3.34 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (4-8, 4.34 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 six of his last eight games, and picked up a three-hit game on Wednesday night, and his first home run as a Sun in Sunday night’s loss. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .300 in his last ten games while producing a hit in 11 of his last 13 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 second in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (15), knotted in third for RBI (56), and total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 102 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for third in games played (96). Viosergy Rosa sits fifth in walks generated (52). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), second-best 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 third-best batting average in the league (.320).