By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (11-22, 40-62) will look to tie the series up at two games a piece against the Mobile BayBears (20-12, 54-47) when they square off at 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Jacksonville would end their four game losing streak in the victory last night, and would earn their first road victory since 7/15. Over the last 10 games the club has only worked to a 2-8 record while struggling against South Division opponents manufacturing a mark of 19-34.
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 also with the Suns’ evident road struggles posting a mark away from Jacksonville of 16-32.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Mobile righty Blaine Weller. Lyman enters this start 0-6 alongside a 6.64 ERA in eight starts with the Suns. His last trip to hill on 7/26, and Lyman earned a no decision after tossing six frames allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out five in a 99-pitch performance. Prior to his last start the 25-year old collected six-straight losing decisions spanning from June 15th until July 19th. The 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, got off to a red hot start at the High-A level with the Jupiter Hammerheads, in which he was 7-1 alongside a 1.61 ERA en route to being a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star. With a win tonight he will pick up the first double-A victory of his professional career.
Weller takes the ball for Mobile 1-3 attached with an ERA of 5.66 in four starts. His last start came on July 25th against Mississippi and he would relinquish two runs (both earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out four. He spent time this year at the High-A level with Visalia, and would post a 4.55 ERA in 16 trips to the hill. He’s a former 14th round draft pick of the Twins in 2008, and was signed by the Diamondbacks organization out of the Independent Leagues.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (11-22, 40-62) @ Mobile BayBears (20-12, 54-47)
Starters: MOB: RHP Blayne Weller (1-3, 5.66 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-6, 6.64 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson notched his second four hit game of the year, and his eighth multi-RBI game on Tuesday. Terrence Dayleg has been red hot in this series collecting a homer and four RBI while batting 3-for-8 (.375). Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .478 in his last seven games. Viosergy Rosa has tallied one home run and six RBI along with five runs scored in his last nine games.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Zack Cox controls the third-best batting average in the league (.320). 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 is fifth in total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 102 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for second in games played (97). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (54). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00) and K/9 ratio (9.84) while controlling the third-best average against (.191). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.80).