By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSON, Tenn.– The Jacksonville Suns (15-31, 44-71) dropped their series opener with the Jackson Generals (15-30, 44-69) 3-1 Wednesday night from The Ballpark at Jackson.
Trey Cochran-Gill (W, 4-1) picked up the victory for the Generals generating a seventh inning in which he allowed one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and not striking out a batter in relief. Raudel Lazo (L, 2-2) shouldered the loss out of the bullpen for Jacksonville working two frames allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits (one home run) while not walking a batter and striking out three. Tyler Knigge (S, 2) earned the save for Jackson after tossing a perfect ninth.
The scoring began in the bottom of the third when Jabari Henry (HR, 6) laced a leadoff solo home run over the left centerfield wall to put Jackson ahead 1-0.
The Suns tied the score at one in the top of the seventh after the Jackson went to the bullpen with Trey Cochran-Gill on the mound. Cochran-Gill offered up a walk to Eudy Pina, and a single to Elliot Soto, to put two runners on for a Chadd Krist two-out RBI single into centerfield.
Flashing to the last of seventh, with Suns reliever Raudel Lazo in the game, Jordy Lara laced a lead off double, to then score three batters later after Henry’s RBI fielder’s choice groundball to push Jackson in front 2-1.
Moving to the bottom of the eighth Marcus Littlewood (HR, 6) mashed a solo home run and provided insurance for Jackson who now lead 3-1.
Jarlin Garcia in his start for Jacksonville lasted six innings surrendering one run (earned) on three hits (one home run) while walking four and striking out six in a no decision. Jackson’s starter Misael Siverio tossed six scoreless frames allowing three hits while walking one and striking out seven and didn’t factor into the decision.
The Suns and Generals will square off again on Thursday night with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from The Ballpark at Jackson. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (4-8, 5.56 ERA) while the Generals will counter with Moises Hernandez (3-9, 5.53 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET.
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