By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (15-29, 44-69) will square off with the Montgomery Biscuits (24-19, 58-53) in their series finale tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
After last night, Jacksonville has now lost their ninth series of the second half, and their 18th overall in 2015. The Suns only have one series victory in the latter portion of the year which came between the dates of 7/4-7/8 against the Chattanooga Lookouts, in which they took three out of the five games played. The last road set the Suns have won came in early June against Pensacola, when the Suns won four out five between 6/6-6/10.
In last night’s loss the Suns totaled four errors including two by third-baseman Matt Juengel in the second inning, that helped plate a pair of runs for Montgomery. The four errors committed by JAX a night ago tie the most they’ve generated in a single game this season. On three separate occasions Jacksonville has tallied four errors in a single ballgame.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Trevor Williams to be opposed by Montgomery righty Jake Faria. Williams is 6-8 alongside a 4.09 ERA in 20 games and 19 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill on 8/6 against Pensacola was his first start since coming off the disabled list with a right groin strain, and he was limited to only 50 pitches. Williams lasted four innings surrendering one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out two. The former second-round draft pick of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft has faced Montgomery in a pair of starts going 1-0 alongside a 0.69 ERA in 13 frames on the mound. The right-hander in his third professional season has posted a career 3.39 earned run mark in 57 starts within the Marlins organization.
Faria will enter tonight’s series finale 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA in eight starts with the Biscuits. In his last start he took a losing decision in only three innings on the mound relinquishing three runs (all earned) on four hits while walking four and striking out three. Prior to his call up to Double-A, the California-native manufactured a 10-1 record and a 1.33 earned-run mark in 74 and a third innings with the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs, en route to being a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star. He’s a former 10th round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Gahr High School (Cerritos, Calif.).
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (15-29, 44-69) @ Montgomery Biscuits (24-19, 58-53)
Starters: MTG: RHP Jake Faria (3-3, 3.05 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (6-8, 4.09 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Suns first baseman Viosergy Rosa in his last four games has hit .385, and during that stretch has tallied three home runs and eight RBI. David Adams has posted a .400 average in his last 10 games along with two home runs and six RBI, while tallying a hit in six of his last seven games. Suns shortstop J.T. Riddle is hitting a red-hot .455 over his last five games. Chadd Krist has made the most of his opportunities as backup catcher hitting .308 in his last four games. Ryan Rieger over his last eight contests has posted a .333 average, and in his last three starts he’s manufactured an eye-opening .429 batting mark.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Zack Cox controls the sixth-best batting average in the Southern League (.305). Sean Donatello is third in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (16) and third in RBI (60). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is knotted third in stolen bases (25) and fourth in games played (106). Elliot Soto sits third in walks generated (59) while Viosergy Rosa rests fourth (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 third-best on-base percentage (.404).