By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (13-25, 42-65) and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (22-16, 47-59) continue their series with game four tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
Tonight with a loss Jacksonville could earn their 17th series loss overall and their eighth of the second half. At Bragan Field this year the Suns have won four series. In the latter portion of 2015, the club’s lone series victory came against Chattanooga between the dates of 7/4 and 7/8.
The Golden Skillet trophy for the first time since 2012 belongs to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. With their win in game three of the series, they clinched the winning edge on the season series between the in-state rivals. Pensacola now leads the season series 11 games to seven.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Pensacola lefty Cody Reed. Lyman enters this start 0-6 alongside a 6.50 ERA in nine starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 7/31 against Mobile, in what was a no decision where he would go five innings surrendering three runs (all earned) on four hits while walking four and striking out four in a 91-pitch performance. Prior to his call up he was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star after posting a 7-1 mark alongside a miniscule 1.61 ERA. The 25-year old prior to his last two starts had a stretch of six straight losing decisions spanning from 6/15-7/19. The native of Alamo, Cal., is a former 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of University of California-Davis.
Reed will take the ball 1-0 attached with a 1.29 earned run mark in one start in the Reds organization. The southpaw entered the Cincinnati farm system from Kansas City, in a deal that sent major leaguer Johnny Cueto to the Royals. Reed had been a prospect within the Royals organization pitching at the Double-A level with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. With the Naturals, he would post a 2-2 record while sporting a 3.45 ERA in five starts. The 22-year old would also spend time at the High-A level with Wilmington tossing over 67 innings while posting a sub three ERA en route to becoming a Mid-Season Carolina League All-Star. He’s a former second round draft pick of the Royals in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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Matchup: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (22-16, 47-59) @ Jacksonville Suns (13-25, 42-65)
Starters: PNS: LHP Cody Reed (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-6, 6.50 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in six of his last seven games while controlling a .323 average over his last nine games along with three RBI and five runs scored. The Suns shortstop has collected a .353 average in his last five games. David Adams has posted a .300 average in his last 10 games, and was the only one to post multiple hits on Tuesday that featured the completion of a pair of contests. Closer Kyle Barraclough since joining the Suns via a trade with St. Louis Cardinals has nailed down a pair of saves while striking out seven batters in three innings of work.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Zack Cox controls the fourth-best batting average in the league (.316). Closer Sean Donatello is second in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (15), fourth in RBI (57). Carlos Lopez is knotted fourth in games played (101). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (55). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.63) and is fourth in K’s (102). Kenny Wilson is tied for third in stolen bases (25).