By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (15-27, 44-67) will continue their series tonight against the Montgomery Biscuits (22-19, 56-53) with a start time set for 6:35 p.m. ET from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
With the Suns coughing up a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning, JAX would turn to the bullpen. Lay Batista in his first appearance back from the bullpen would allow five runners to plate in a six-run sixth frame that created a four-run deficit for Jacksonville. With the performance from the bullpen on Saturday night, the ‘pen’s ERA has now inflated to 5.43 for the month of August, and 3.63 on the season.
The struggles on the road for Jacksonville continue with a loss on Saturday night. The Suns are now 16 games under .500 away from Bragan Field, and in the second half, the club is only 5-12. They’ve had a tough time with stringing consecutive wins together on the road in 2015, prior to 7/30 and 7/31 when they won back-to-back games in Mobile, you’d have to go back to 6/6-6/9 when the Suns won four-straight against Pensacola.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Jorgan Cavanerio to be opposed by Montgomery righty Taylor Guerrieri. Cavanerio will be making his Double-A debut tonight with the call up of Matt Tomshaw to AAA New Orleans. He has split time between Greensboro and Jupiter this year posting a 4.21 ERA in 13 starts with Greensboro, and a earned-run mark of 4.08 at the high-A level with Jupiter.
Guerrieri has posted an 0-1 mark while being saddled with a 4.50 ERA in two starts with the Biscuits. His last trip to the hill was on 8/3 against Mississippi, and in that start he generated five scoreless frames allowing two hits while walking one and striking out three in a no decision. Prior to his stop at Double-A Montgomery, the 22-year old spent time with the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Florida State League, where he was 2-2 and worked to a 2.14 ERA in 12 games and 10 starts. The native of Georgia is a former first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays organization in the MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Spring Valley High School in Spring Valley, South Carolina. He committed to the University of South Carolina prior to changing his mind and going professional.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (15-27, 44-67) @ Montgomery Biscuits (22-19, 56-53)
Starters: PNS: RHP Taylor Guerrieri (0-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Jorgan Cavanerio (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Suns first baseman Viosergy Rosa in his last three games has homered three times while driving in eight runs. David Adams has posted a .367 average in his last 10 games, and currently controls a five-game hit streak. Suns shortstop J.T. Riddle is hitting a red-hot .375 over his last nine games. Infielder Elliot Soto provided his first multi-hit game as a Sun on Saturday night. In his Suns debut lefty reliever Alex Burgos tossed three scoreless frames without allowing a baserunner.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Zack Cox controls the fourth-best batting average in the league (.306). 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 Kenny Wilson is knotted third in stolen bases (25) and fourth in games played (104). Viosergy Rosa and Elliot Soto sit third in walks generated (58). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.42) and is fourth in K’s (105). David Adams possesses the fourth-best on-base percentage (.399).