Suns Downed by Smokies 9-1

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-40, 53-80) were topped handily by the Tennessee Smokies (34-30, 73-60) 9-1 Monday night from Smokies Stadium.

Smokies starter Ryan Williams (W, 10-2) worked six scoreless innings on four hits while not walking a batter and striking out a pair of batters. Matt Tomshaw (L, 5-10) in his start for Jacksonville lasted five frames surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits while walking and striking out three.

The Smokies would strike first in the bottom of the first after Albert Almora Jr. reached second on a fielding error by Suns centerfielder Kenny Wilson. He then came home to score after a throwing error by Suns shortstop Elliot Soto subsequent to a Ryan Dent groundball, that pushed Tennessee in front 1-0.

Flashing ahead to the bottom of the fifth, Jacob Hannemann of the Smokies generated a one out walk to then get knocked home one batter later by Albert Almora Jr.’s RBI triple, to make the tally 2-0. Ryan Dent would then chop a run-scoring single into left scoring Almora Jr., and pushing the scoreboard advantage to 3-0 through five frames of play.

In the sixth the Smokies generated a single and a walk to put a pair of runners on and end the night for Suns lefty Tomshaw. With Jacksonville bullpen arm Esmerling De La Rosa now in the game, he walked the first batter he saw to load the bases with nobody out. Bijan Radmacher promptly laced a bases-clearing three-run triple moving the Smokies comfortably in front 6-0. Next batter Wes Darvill then arched a RBI sacrifice fly to center to make the tally 7-0 in Tennessee’s favor.

To the last of the seventh, and the Smokies loaded the bases with one out. A RBI single by Stephen Bruno, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Rademacher, moved Tennessee ahead 9-0.

The Suns got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth, after Danny Black mashed a pinch-hit RBI double into left, to bring the deficit to 9-1.

Out of the Suns bullpen Esmerling De La Rosa last a pair of innings allowing four runs (all earned) on three hits. Jacksonville righty Tyler Bremer hurled a scoreless eighth frame in relief.

The Suns and Smokies will square off in their series finale Tuesday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (5-9, 4.86 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with lefty Jeffry Antigua (5-4, 4.50 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’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 6:50 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.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest:

Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – August 31, 2015

Eye On The Southern League

EyeonSLBy Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

First Glances…
→Montgomery appears on the verge of joining Chattanooga and Biloxi in the 2015 post-season. The Biscuits are assured of at least controlling their own destiny. With work still left to do, the division leaders have two more with Mobile before closing the season at home against the Barons.
→Tennessee has used a league-best five game winning streak to pull even with Birmingham and remain alive. Smokies fans are clinging to hope and crunching the numbers. The club needs much assistance and a miracle run, sitting six games back with seven to play.
→Everyone gets a travel day to catch their breath one final time on Wednesday September 2. It will be much needed, especially in light of the final playoff push down South.
→Pensacola possesses the South Division lead, yet by the slimmest of margins. One-half game separates the Wahoos from Mississippi. Mobile is not to be discounted either, only two back and getting ready to square off head to head against the leaders.
→Though still not out of the realm of possibilities, it is looking less likely that Biloxi will sweep both halves in the South. The Shuckers would be required to jump three other teams this week. Should this happen, Mississippi currently holds a one game advantage over Mobile for the wild card spot. Pensacola would be eliminated in this scenario.

Southern League Spotlight…
Since today’s release marks our final regular season edition, this week’s spotlight rests on the 2015 post-season. While the final playoff picture may still be a little blurry, it is beginning to take shape.

Here is what we know: The Southern League format of consecutive best of five series to determine the 2015 League Champion will be set into motion in just ten days. Both Division Series will begin a week from Thursday. First half champions Chattanooga and Biloxi will host the first two games of their respective series.

Now for what we do not yet know: Who will the Shuckers and Lookouts be hosting? Montgomery has surged ahead and trimmed their magic number down to just two in an attempt to join the party out of the North, while the reins are still completely up for grabs in the South heading into the season’s final full week.

The “Eye” will release three post-season editions, including a full playoff preview heading into the Division Series openers. Playoff coverage will also feature a follow up edition prior to the Championship Series curtain-raiser and culminate in our mid-September season in review.

Prospect Watch…
Rankings listed use the format Baseball America/MLB.com
MLB.com listed for players not with current organization Opening Day

Tennessee– Catching prospect Wilson Contreras (-/#10) closed within a few points of Max Kepler (Twins #12/#6) in the race for the batting title, raising his average to .326 at week’s end.
Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora Jr (#7/#5) extended his hitting streak to eleven games with a single on Sunday.
Andres Santiago fired eight shutout innings on Friday night at Smokies Stadium, allowing only two hits while striking out six batters.
The big blasts of the weekend belonged to Ryan Dent. The shortstop homered twice in Saturday’s come from behind victory, both times giving the Smokies an advantage over Jacksonville, the second time for good. Dent was 4-for-4 with a pair of singles in addition to his two big flies.
Worthy of a footnote, former Smokie Jake Arietta’s no-hitter on Sunday evening is just the latest edition of Southern League impact at the big league level, especially where Tennessee and Chicago are concerned. After making four rehab starts on behalf of the Smokies last season, Arrieta is now a key piece of the Cubs bid to return to the post-season.

Jacksonville– With one more strikeout, top-tier left-hander Jarlin Garcia (#10/#2) will record his 30th strikeout since joining the club in late July. Despite an (0-3) mark in SL action, two more K’s will give him 100 total Minor League strikeouts on the season.
On a side note, Garcia’s new battery mate, catching prospect Chris Hoo made his Marlins Double-A debut on Sunday. To the delight of diehard baseball fans everywhere, with a seventh inning walk, Hoo was finally officially on first for the Suns.

Jackson– Generals infielder Tyler Bortnick provided a bright spot this past week in the midst of a difficult season in western Tennessee. The second baseman hit .520 with thirteen hits, five of them for extra bases, nine RBI’s and ten runs scored.

Mobile– Highly regarded pitching prospect Braden Shipley (#2/#4) proved his willingness to do whatever is needed this past week when he appeared out of the bullpen for the first time. Shipley worked six innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and fanning seven in another key pennant race win for the BayBears on Wednesday night.

ChattanoogaAdam Brett Walker II (#17/#10) set a new Lookouts single season record for homers when he belted his twenty-ninth of the season on Thursday, August 27th. Walker’s final HR total may be as yet unknown, but the identity of 2015 Southern League home run champ is not. The Chattanooga slugger and Twins farmhand paces the category with a double-digit advantage.

Birmingham– Barring some type of unforeseen issue, expect Barons speedster Tim Anderson (#2/#1) to eclipse fifty stolen bases on the season at some point this week. Anderson enters play Monday with a league-leading forty-eight steals out of the lead-off spot for the White Sox Double-A affiliate.
Teammate Danny Hayes could reach the 100 walks plateau as well. Leading the league with ease, he needs just ten more free passes before the season ends to arrive at the century mark.

Montgomery– A thirteen strike out performance against Biloxi snagged headlines for Jacob Faria on Friday evening. The right-hander scattered three hits and surrendered only one run in a memorable outing against Mobile. Faria leads all minor-league pitchers with 16 wins, though only six of the victories have come during his time in the Southern League. Faria dominated the Florida State League to the tune of a 10-1 record and a 1.33 E.R.A across twelve appearances before his call up to Double-A.
Slugger Tyler Goeddel (#17/#26) is 10-for-20 in the Biscuits past five games. The infielder has homered, driven in six runs and scored five more during the successful stretch.

PensacolaZack Weiss continues to nail down games for the South Division leaders night in and night out. The Reds prospect has now taken over the league lead among stoppers with 24 saves on the season, two ahead of Tennessee’s P.J. Francescon.
Juan Duran has belted two homers and driven home seven runs in the Wahoos last five contests.
Cincinnati’s top prospect has factored into the pennant race regularly, though perhaps at no time with more impact than Friday night. Jesse Winkler (#3/#1) put the fish ahead for good with a bases clearing double, part of a five RBI night in which Winker was also aboard five different times. How important was his timing? It came in a head to head win over Mississippi.

MississippiK.D. Kang and Rio Ruiz (MLB #8) provided rare home runs for the Braves across the club’s last five games. Kang drove in an average of one run per contest, while Ruiz provided even more punch with seven RBI’s in the stretch. Their work at the plate complemented a solid pitching staff which has kept Mississippi in the thick of the South Division race.

BiloxiTyler Wagner (#9/#16) and Jorge Lopez (#15/#9) figure to be major role players in the Shuckers inaugural post-season plans. The impressive duo sit near the top in most pitching categories, with both in position to sweep the E.R.A. and Wins titles should they close out the regular season strong. In fact, they currently own the league’s best two Earned Run Averages (Wagner 2.13, Lopez 2.29) and two of the league’s best three win totals (Lopez 12, Wagner 11). Birmingham’s Myles Jaye (-/#25) (12 wins) is the only other pitcher in the Southern League with more than ten wins.
Easily the Shuckers two strongest arms over the long haul, the aforementioned duo was overshadowed this past week by the work of right-hander Adrian Houser (MLB #28). Houser’s back to back scoreless starts (2-0 in 13 scoreless frames) earned him Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors.

Picture Perfect…
-Weekly honors handed down by the league office each Monday at Noon-
▪ Player of the Week: Tyler Bortnick (Mariners), 3B, Jackson
▪ Pitcher of the Week: Adrian Houser (Brewers), RHP, Biloxi

Series To Focus On…

Mobile BayBears @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Thursday September 3 – Monday September 7

May as well go ahead and call them playoff games. That’s exactly how they’ll feel as Bayfront Stadium hosts meaningful final home stand contests for the first time in franchise history. The drive to bring actual post-season baseball, patriotic bunting and all, to Pensacola’s shoreside begins and ends in a showdown with the South Division’s most dominant and consistent club across the past several years.

Meanwhile, just across the Sunshine State’s panhandle, Mississippi will be attempting to write a different ending. Their storybook finish involves more baseball for Braves fans in Pearl before 2015 is done. Mississippi missed the playoffs by a single game at the hands of the Suns in ’14. Just one year later, they must handle the Suns in the River City and find a little help elsewhere to avoid a familiar fate.

The qualifier to all this South Division selection is a prolonged North race. Should Montgomery slip at all cross the next two days and Birmingham (or Tennessee for that matter) picks up a game, the final regular season series at Riverwalk Stadium becomes a clash of titans as well. The Barons and Biscuits play five head to head in the Alabama state capitol across Labor Day weekend.

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Tomshaw, Suns Look to Stop Losing Slide

Game Preview

Tomshaw 5-17

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) will try and snap a four-game losing streak tonight against the Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60) with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Smokies Stadium.

With last night’s 4-3 loss, the Suns have now picked up their 20th series loss of the year, and their 11th in the second half. On this 10-game road trip, Jacksonville has come up on the losing end to both Birmingham and Tennessee in the best of five, after winning back-to-back series for only the second time this year prior to the road trip’s start. All season long, the club has only won three series away from Bragan Field.

Last night’s one-run loss marks JAX’s 26th defeat that came by only a solo run, and their 11th in the second half. The Suns saw the tying and go-ahead runners on base in the ninth, but couldn’t cash in on their first victory when trailing after the seventh and eighth innings.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Tennessee righty Ryan Williams. Tomshaw enters this start 5-9 attached with a 4.31 ERA in 27 games and 16 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/26 against Birmingham, in which he would earn a no decision in four frames allowing four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out four in a 103-pitch performance. The southpaw spent some time this year at the Triple-A level with New Orleans, and in a pair of starts he put together an ERA north of 17 while posing an 0-2 mark. Tomshaw has made one start against the Smokies this year, and lasted six and a third frames surrendering two runs (one earned) on eight hits while collecting a no decision. The 26-year old is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Jacksonville University. He was selected by the Marlins in the 2014 Rule-5 draft.

Williams takes the ball 9-2 while sporting a 3.00 ERA in 15 games and 14 starts with the Smokies. His last start came on 8/26 against Chattanooga, in which he would earn the victory in six innings relinquishing one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out three. Prior to his call up to Double-A on 6/3, the California native posted a 4-1 record alongside an ERA of 1.17 in nine games and eight starts with the single-A South Bend Cubs. The 23-year old is a former 10th round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 MLB-First Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University.

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.

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) @ Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Ryan Williams (9-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.31 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in 12 of his last 17 starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .313 batting mark attached with two RBI and a solo run scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa has tallied a homer and five RBI. Ryan Rieger finished Sunday night’s contest a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, triple, and a RBI.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (66) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fifth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fifth-best on-base percentage (.391).

Suns Fall Short to Smokies 4-3

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) were topped by the Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60) 4-3 Sunday night from Smokies Stadium.

Felix Pena (W, 6-8) worked seven frames in his start for Tennessee surrendering three runs (two earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out six. Suns starter Jarlin Garcia (L, 0-3) lasted six innings allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits (one home run) while walking two and striking out three. Starling Peralta (S, 5) nailed down the save after generating a scoreless ninth.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second, after Viosergy Rosa led off with a walk, to then get knocked home courtesy of Terrence Dayleg’s RBI double that leaped the Suns in front 1-0. Next batter Ryan Rieger, then lofted a run-scoring sacrifice fly into center, plating Dayleg, and making it a 2-0 contest.

In the last of the second back-to-back singles placed a pair of runners on for Stephen Bruno’s RBI single that sent home a runner, and a fielding error on Suns left fielder Ryan Rieger on the same play, scratched across the tying run. With Bruno now on third, next batter Anthony Giansanti rolled a run-scoring groundout to shortstop to leap Tennessee ahead 3-2.

In the top of the third Kenny Wilson reached via a lead off single, to then steal second, and move to third on an error. It was Elliot Soto who generated a RBI sacrifice fly that scored Wilson, and knotting the score at three.

Flashing to the last of the sixth frame, Jeimer Candelario (HR, 4) blasted a two-out solo home run over the left field wall to move the Smokies ahead 4-3.

Josh Hodges turned in a scoreless seventh for the Suns out of the bullpen. Raudel Lazo after entering in the eighth tossed a scoreless frame in relief for Jacksonville.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Monday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.31 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Ryan Williams (9-2, 3.00 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 6:50 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.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest:

Othman to Disabled List / Hoo to Jacksonville

Breaking News, Roster Moves

Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

KODAK, Tenn. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium at 5:05 p.m.

Catcher Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 28, with a lower back strain. Othman, a 2015 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .238 with three homers and 28 RBI in 83 games played this season.

In a corresponding move, catcher Chris Hoo has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. Hoo has spent all of 2015 with the Hammerheads, hitting .201 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 86 games played. Hoo was selected by the Marlins in the 27th round of the 2014 draft from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

This is the first call-up to Double-A for Hoo, and he becomes the first member of the 2014 Marlins draft class to reach this level.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Sunday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 5:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-2, 5.84 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Felix Pena (5-8, 3.97 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM & 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special 
“Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 4:35 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.

Suns Look to Get Back on Winning Track

Game Preview

Sharif Othman3 (Suns)

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-38, 53-78) will try to stop a three-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Tennessee Smokies (32-30, 71-60) at 5:05 p.m. ET from Smokies Stadium.

After seven and a half frames of play the Suns would hold a 3-2 lead last night after a run-scoring single off the bat of Viosergy Rosa, and a bases loaded walk to Elliot Soto. With a win, Jacksonville could have picked up only their sixth win when trailing after six innings. The club has struggled to come back in the latter third of ballgames, controlling an 0-64 mark when trailing after seven, and an 0-68 record when falling behind after eighth frames of play.

The tough times on the road continue for JAX after last night’s two-run loss. The Suns are now 21 games under the .500 away from Bragan Field this year, which accounts for the most amount of games under .500 on the road in all of the Southern League.

Tonight with a loss the Suns can obtain their 20th series loss of the season, and their 11th post all-star break. Jacksonville has only come up on the winning end in three of their 14 road series played in 2015. Also on the line, includes second-ranked Marlins prospect according to MLB.com Jarlin Garcia, trying to earn his first Double-A victory in his professional career.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Jarlin Garcia to be opposed by Tennessee righty Felix Pena. Garcia enters this start 0-2 attached with a 5.84 ERA in five starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/24 against Birmingham, in which the southpaw would work in three frames surrendering seven runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out two in an 82-pitch effort. In the month of August, he has made four trips to the hill, and manufactured an ERA north of five. Prior to his call up to the Double-A level with Jacksonville, he was a Mid-Season Florida State League All-Star after posting a 3-5 mark attached with a 3.06 ERA in 18 starts. He enters tonight as the Marlins second-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, and was the lone representative of the Marlins farm system in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures game in Cincinnati. Garcia was a former minor-league free agent signing of the Marlins in May of 2011.

Pena takes the ball 5-8 while sporting a 3.97 ERA in 23 games and 21 starts for Tennessee. His last start came on 8/25 against Chattanooga, in which he would garner a no decision in six frames on the mound allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out four in a no decision. The righty has faced a rough second half of the season, posting an 0-6 mark saddled with an ERA of 5.21 after 11 appearances and nine starts. The 25-year old has earned Mid-Season All-Star honors in his last three years of professional baseball with Kane County (A), Daytona (A+), and Tennessee (AA). Pena was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cubs organization in the 2009 offseason.

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.

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-38, 53-78) @ Tennessee Smokies (32-30, 71-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Felix Pena (5-8, 3.97 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Jarlin Garcia (0-2, 5.84 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in 12 of his last 16 starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last seven games has generated a .389 batting mark attached with three RBI and two runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa has tallied three home runs and nine RBI in his last 10 games.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (66) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fifth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fifth-best on-base percentage (.391).

Suns Topped by Smokies 5-3

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

 

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-38, 53-78) were topped by the Tennessee Smokies (32-30, 71-60) 5-3 courtesy of a multi home run performance by Ryan Dent Saturday night from Smokies Stadium.

Starling Peralta (W, 3-1) earned the victory for Tennessee in a scoreless third of an inning in relief. Tyler Higgins (BS, 1) (L, 0-2) took the loss out of the Suns bullpen in a third of an inning allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits (one home run) while not walking or striking out a batter. PJ Francescon (S, 22) tossed a scoreless ninth in relief for Tennessee en route to a save.

In the top of the first the Suns got on the board after Kenny Wilson led off the frame with a ground rule double, to then get knocked home by Matt Juengel’s RBI single pushing Jacksonville ahead 1-0.

In the last of the second frame, Tennessee generated runners on the corners for Pierce Johnson’s RBI squeeze bunt that tied the game at one.

Flashing to the bottom of the fourth, and Ryan Dent (HR, 3) blasted a solo home run to left centerfield that moved the Smokies in front 2-1.

In the top of the eighth the Suns generated runners on the corners with one out, against Smokies bullpen arm Corey Black. Viosergy Rosa then brought home the tying run after his RBI single sent home Wilson from third. After a walk to Eudy Pina loaded the bases, a walk generated by Elliot Soto leaped the Suns ahead 3-2.

Moving to the last of the eighth, the Smokies placed two runners on now facing Suns reliever Tyler Higgins. Dent (HR, 4) then lashed his second home run of the night, a two-run shot, which moved Tennessee ahead 5-3.

Scott Lyman in his start for the Suns lasted six frames allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits (one home run) while walking and striking out two. Alex Burgos out of the bullpen for the Suns worked an inning and two-thirds scoreless innings relinquishing two hits while not allowing a walk and not striking out a batter.

Smokies starter Pierce Johnson lasted seven frames surrendering one run (earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out eight.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Sunday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 5:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-2, 5.84 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Felix Pena (5-8, 3.97 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM & 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 4:35 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.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest:

Suns and Smokies Continue Series Tonight

Game Preview

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) will square off with the Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60) in game two of their series tonight from Smokies Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET.

In last night’s 7-0 loss in the opener, the Suns are now 8-13 overall in games featuring a shutout, and 3-5 in the second half. The last time the club was shutout in a standard nine-inning contest came on 7/7 in a 5-0 loss to Birmingham.

After the loss last night, Jacksonville this year in series openers has now fallen to an overall record of 17-11, and 8-6 in the second half of the year in ‘lid-lifters.’ Lately the club has dropped three out of their last four series startups.

Former Smokie, and current Sun, Elliot Soto finished last night’s return to Smokies Stadium 0-for-3. Prior to coming over to the Marlins organization in a deal that sent veteran starter Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs, he posted a .275 average along with 18 RBI in 88 games with Tennessee.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Tennessee righty Pierce Johnson. Lyman takes the ball 1-9 alongside a 6.72 ERA in 13 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/23 against Birmingham, in which he took the loss in five innings allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits while walking three and striking out two in a 91-pitch effort. His lone career Double-A winning decision came on 8/15 against Jackson in a six-inning performance. In the month of August he’s posted an earned-run mark north of seven in four starts. Prior to his call up to Jacksonville on 6/10, the 25-year old was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads finishing 7-1 with an ERA of 1.61 over 11 starts. The native of California is a former 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California-Davis.

Johnson will take the ball 6-2 attached with a 2.22 ERA in 14 starts with the Smokies. His last start came on 8/24 against Chattanooga, in which he took the loss after six frames relinquishing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out five in a 89-pitch performance. Post all-star break, he’s generated an ERA south of three attached with a 5-2 mark. Johnson entered the Cubs organization as a first round (43rd overall) draft pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Missouri State University. The 24-year old in his career, sports a 2.56 ERA in 63 games and 60 starts.

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.

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) @ Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Pierce Johnson (6-2, 2.22 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (1-9, 6.72 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Terrence Dayleg finished a perfect 3-for-3 accompanied with a home run on Sunday night. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in eleven of his last fifteen starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .400 batting mark attached with three RBI and three runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa now has three home runs and eight RBI in his last 10 games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (64) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fifth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fifth-best on-base percentage (.390).

Suns Shutout by Smokies 7-0

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns 

KODAK, Tenn., – The Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) were shutout by the Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60) 7-0 Friday night from Smokies Stadium.

Andres Santiago (W, 3-5) finished eight innings scoreless allowing two hits while not walking a batter and striking out six. while Suns starter Chipper Smith (L, 3-4) lasted five frames allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out seven.

The Smokies started their threat at the plate in the bottom of the fourth, after Wilson Contreas worked a lead off walk, followed by a double off the bat of Dan Vogelbach that placed runners on the corners and nobody out. It was Jeimer Candelario that laced a RBI single into left that moved the Smokies in front 1-0. Next batter Stephen Bruno, grounded a run-scoring fielder’s choice to shortstop moving the advantage to 2-0 through four frames of play.

Moving to the last of the sixth, the Smokies got their first two runners aboard courtesy of a pair of walks offered up by Suns bullpen arm Fabian Williamson. It was Ryan Dent who mashed a run-scoring single into center moving Tennessee’s edge to 3-0. Jacob Hannemann added a RBI single to push the scoreboard edge to 4-0. With Suns reliever CJ Robinson now in the game, he would offer up a RBI ground out to Albert Almora Jr., and a two-run double to Jacob Hannemann bursting out Tennessee to a 7-0 lead.

Williamson in relief for Jacksonville allowed five runs (all earned) on two hits. CJ Robinson worked three innings out of the bullpen for the Suns allowing one hit while walking one.

The Suns and Smokies will continue their series Saturday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out right-hander Scott Lyman (1-9, 6.72 ERA) while the Smokies will counter with righty Pierce Johnson (6-2, 2.22 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’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 6:50 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.

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Suns and Smokies to Battle in Series Opener

Game Preview

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (24-36, 53-76) will battle with the Tennessee Smokies (30-30, 69-60) tonight as they begin a five-game series from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch of 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Suns are coming off a series loss to the Birmingham Barons after dropping the rubber match last night 5-3. Jacksonville would fall in the first two contests, to then battle back with the bats coming alive after totaling 18 runs in the pair of victories. With the series loss, the Suns picked up their 19th series loss overall on the 2015 season, and their 10th in the second half. The club had fallen short of picking up their third-straight series victory for the first time on the season.

The Tennessee Smokies enter play 30-30 in the second half and 69-60 overall. The club is currently seven games back of the first place Montgomery Biscuits in the Southern League North Division standings. The Smokies are fresh off a series victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts, after they claimed a rubber match last night by a 7-1 tally. They control the S.L.’s second-best batting average (.261) and its’ sixth-best ERA (3.77).

Jacksonville this year in series openers have faired well posting an overall record of 17-10, and 8-5 in the second half of the year in ‘lid-lifters.’ While generating success in openers, lately the club has dropped two out of their last three series startups.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Chipper Smith to be opposed by Tennessee righty Andres Santiago. Smith enters this start 3-3 alongside a 4.39 ERA in 19 games and 14 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/22 against Mobile, in which he would last five and a third scoreless frames surrendering three hits while walking three and striking out four in a 96-pitch effort and a winning decision. The southpaw prior to his call up back to the Double-A level on 8/7, worked in five relief appearances with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, and worked in five games (four starts) posting an ERA of 4.66 and a 2-3 mark. Here in the month of August with Jacksonville, Smith has made three starts and sports a 2.70 earned run mark. The 25-year old is a former 38th round selection of the Miami Marlins organization in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Cumberland University.

Santiago was taken of the disabled list yesterday, and returns to the Smokies rotation with a 4.70 ERA and a record of 2-5 in 22 games and five starts. His last trip to the hill came on 8/16 in a relief appearance against the Chattanooga Lookouts, and he would shoulder a losing decision in an inning and a third on the mound. The righty has also spent a small stint this year at the Triple-A level with the Iowa Cubs, and manufactured a spotless ERA in a pair of appearances and five and a third frames on the mound. The 25-year old is a former 16th round draft pick of the Dodgers organization in 2007, and signed as a minor-league free agent with the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 offseason.

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.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- August 28, 2015:

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Matchup:  Jacksonville Suns (24-36, 53-76) @ Tennessee Smokies (30-30, 69-60)

Starters: TNS: RHP Andres Santiago (2-5, 4.70 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (3-3, 4.39 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Terrence Dayleg finished a perfect 3-for-3 accompanied with a home run on Sunday night, and in his last nine games has put together an eye-opening .320 average. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in eleven of his last fourteen starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .400 batting mark attached with three RBI and three runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa now has three home runs and nine RBI in his last 10 games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16) and fifth in RBI (64). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (64) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fourth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fouth-best on-base percentage (.393).