By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (12-23, 41-63) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (20-15, 45-58) will get set to renew their rivalry tonight at Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. ET.
The Suns are coming off their seventh series loss of the second half after dropping the rubber match with the Mobile BayBears Saturday night. JAX would drop the first two games of the series, to then bounce back and win two games in a row for the first time since 7/4 and 7/5. In the series, J.T. Riddle provided the club’s first two home run performance on Friday night finishing 4-for-5 while tallying 5 RBI.
The season series between the Suns and Wahoos currently has Pensacola ahead of the Suns having won nine of the fifteen meetings between the two. In order for JAX to stave off a potential series loss, the Suns would need to win the series by taking at least four games. Jacksonville has won every season series since the inception of the Golden Skillet trophy in 2012.
Pensacola enters tonight’s series opener 20-15 in the second half and 45-58 overall. The Blue Wahoos are currently in second in the Southern League South Division standings sitting a game and a half back of first place Mobile. The Wahoos sit last in batting average (.243) and seventh in ERA (3.94).
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Jarlin Garcia to be opposed by Pensacola righty Daniel Wright. Garcia takes the ball 0-1 alongside a 7.94 ERA in one start with the Suns. The lefty made his double-A debut in his last start against Mobile on 7/28, and would surrender six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five in a 96-pitch performance and a losing decision. Prior to his call up, Garcia worked to a 3-5 record attached with an ERA of 3.06 in 18 starts with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads en route to being a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star. He would also be elected as the Marlins lone representative to the All-Star Futures game in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 22-year old signed with the Marlins as an international free agent in 2010 at the age of 17 years old.
Wright will take the ball for the Wahoos 7-8 while sporting a 4.66 earned run mark in 20 starts. His last start was on 7/28 against Chattanooga and Wright would shoulder the loss in three and two-thirds frames pitched surrendering seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while walking three and striking out three. The 24-year old has made three starts against the Suns and has posted a 2-0 mark to go along with a 2.41 ERA in 18 and two-thirds innings. In the second half of the year the native of Tennessee has generated a record of 4-3 and an ERA of 2.80 in seven starts. Wright is a former 10th round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Arkansas State.
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 5:35 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Tonight all kids get free admission by showing their Library Card at the Suns box office and one lucky boy and one lucky girl will win a bicycle. All kids will get a Suns Lanyard as a back to school gift. After the game, all kids can run the bases, presented by VyStar Credit Union! If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch the game live locally on CW-17 with Suns broadcaster Roger Hoover and Suns President/Owner Peter Bragan, Jr. on the call. All presented by Bug Out Jacksonville Public Library, CW17 and 96.1 WEJZ.
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Matchup: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (20-15, 45-58) @ Jacksonville Suns (12-23, 41-63)
Starters: PNS: RHP Daniel Wright (7-8, 4.66 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Jarlin Garcia (0-1, 7.94 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Friday J.T. Riddle posted Jacksonville’s first multi-HR game of the year by an individual, and the club’s first five RBI performance. Centerfielder Kenny Wilson notched his second four-hit game of the year, and his eighth multi-RBI game on Tuesday while currently controlling a five-game hit streak. Terrence Dayleg had a solid series in Mobile collecting a homer and four RBI while batting 5-for-15 (.333). Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .400 in his last six 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 (.322). 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). Carlos Lopez has tallied 105 hits that has him tied for third, and he’s knotted third in games played (99). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (54). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (8.79), K/9 ratio (9.84), and third-best average against (.187). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.63) and is fourth in K’s (102).