By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (16-31, 45-71) will look to take the lead in game three of their series against the Jackson Generals (15-31, 44-70) tonight with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from The Ballpark at Jackson.
After last night’s shutout win, JAX has now manufactured seven shutout wins this year, and grabbed their second of the latter portion of the year. The club’s last shutout win came on 7/4 against Chattanooga, and are now 7-11 overall in games featuring a shutout.
Austin Brice was impressive last night collecting his second straight winning decision, which saw the righty complete seven scoreless frames. The native of North Carolina tallied his fourth scoreless outing of the year, and his sixth quality start of the 2015 campaign. Last night’s performance saw Brice collect seven strikeouts, which now places him fourth in the Southern League in K’s (112).
Suns centerfielder Kenny Wilson on Thursday night generated his third four-hit game of the year, and his 31st multi-hit contest, which leads Jacksonville. JAX’s centerfielder was a double shy of the club’s first cycle since 2012. Wilson did steal a pair of bases as well which now sits him in solo possession of third in the S.L. in stolen bags with 27.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (16-31, 45-71) @ Jackson Generals (15-31, 44-70)
Starters: JXN: LHP James Gillheeney (4-4, 3.36 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.83 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Suns first baseman Viosergy Rosa has hit safely in six of his last seven games and has posted a .370 average in his last eight contests alongside three home runs and eight RBI. David Adams has posted a .400 average in his last 10 games along with two home runs and seven RBI, while tallying a hit in eight of his last ten games. Suns infielder Elliot Soto picked up his first three-hit performance in a Suns uniform after finishing 3-for-3 in Thursday night’s win. Kenny Wilson collected his third four-hit game of the year on Thursday night alongside a homer and a triple. The Suns bullpen tossed eight and two-third scoreless innings on Tuesday night in a 14-inning loss to Montgomery.
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 (.302). 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 (60). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is third in stolen bases (27) and games played (109). Elliot Soto sits third in walks generated (61) while Viosergy Rosa rests fourth (59). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.39) and is fourth in K’s (112). David Adams possesses the third-best on-base percentage (.405).