Suns and Biscuits Kick Off Series Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (14-26, 43-66) and the Montgomery Biscuits (21-18, 55-52) will get set to start a five-game series tonight with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.

The Suns are coming off their 17th series loss of the season, and their first ever season series loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the “Battle for the Golden Skillet.” The series would start on the right foot for JAX, after they nailed down a 5-4 win. After dropping game two by a season-worst 11 runs, the Suns would come up on the losing end 1-0 in game three that saw Yovan Gonzalez’s solo home run provide the difference. Jacksonville would then fall by only a lone run for the second straight night after Wahoos starter Cody Reed struck out a career-high 12 men. After Pensacola had locked up their series and season victory with the Suns, JAX responded with a 5-4 victory of their own, using a four-run rally in the fourth en route a win in Thursday night’s series finale.

The Suns are coming off their 17th series loss of the season, and their first ever season series loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the “Battle for the Golden Skillet.” The series would start on the right foot for JAX, after they nailed down a 5-4 win. After dropping game two by a season-worst 11 runs, the Suns would come up on the losing end 1-0 in game three that saw Yovan Gonzalez’s solo home run provide the difference. Jacksonville would then fall by only a lone run for the second straight night after Wahoos starter Cody Reed struck out a career-high 12 men. After Pensacola had locked up their series and season victory with the Suns, JAX responded with a 5-4 victory of their own, using a four-run rally in the fourth en route a win in Thursday night’s series finale.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Austin Brice to be opposed by Montgomery righty Jared Mortensen. Brice enters this start 3-8 alongside a 5.66 ERA in 20 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/1 against Mobile, and he would take a losing decision in five and a third frames of work allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits while walking four and striking out four in a 90-pitch performance. Brice is coming off a month of July that saw him finish 0-1 with an ERA of 4.76 in five starts and 22 and two-thirds frames pitched. Brice this year has made two starts against Montgomery, and has generated a 6.97 ERA and a 0-1 mark in 10 and a third innings pitched. The 23-year old is a former ninth-round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player draft out of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C.

Mortensen comes into tonight’s series opener 6-4 while sporting a 3.40 ERA in 19 games and 15 starts with the Biscuits. His last start was on 8/1 against Tennessee, in what was a losing decision after five frames on the mound allowing five runs (all earned) on 10 hits while not walking a batter and striking out six in a 87-pitch performance. In the second half of the season, he has pitched to a 4.67 earned run mark over six games and a pair of starts. The native of Canada signed with the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a minor league free agent on August 15, 2013, after spending time in the American Association with the Grand Prarie AirHogs in the independent leagues.

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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (13-26, 42-66) @ Montgomery Biscuits (21-18, 55-52)

Starters: PNS: RHP Jared Mortensen (6-4, 3.40 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (3-8, 5.66 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in seven of his last nine games while controlling a .343 average over his last ten games along with three RBI and five runs scored. David Adams has posted a .375 average in his last 10 games. Ryan Rieger has started to heat up posting a .333 batting mark in his last eight games of action. Suns shortstop J.T. Riddle is hitting a red-hot .364 over his last five games.

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

-Zack Cox controls the fourth-best batting average in the league (.311) and the fifth-best on-base percentage (.391). Sean Donatello is third in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (16) and fourth in RBI (58). Outfielder Carlos Lopez is knotted fourth in games played (103). Viosergy Rosa sits third in walks generated (57). 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). David Adams possesses the fourth-best on-base percentage (.397).

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