By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (16-32, 45-72) will gear up for game four of their series against the Jackson Generals (16-31, 45-70) tonight with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from The Ballpark at Jackson.
After last night’s 6-5 loss in the 12th inning, the Suns are now 3-8 overall in extra inning games and 1-4 in the second half. Six of their eight extra-inning defeats have come away from Bragan Field this year, while having yet to pick up a win on the road in a game lasting more than the standard nine. In one-run defeats JAX is now 16-24 overall, and 6-9 in the latter portion of the year.
Jacksonville was resilient Friday night, having tied the score on three separate occasions in the seventh, eighth, and ninth. In the seventh and eighth they quickly relinquished the tie in the bottom half of the frame, now setting their mark when trailing after seven innings at 0-62, and when trailing after eight innings 0-59.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Jackson righty Edwin Diaz. Lyman enters tonight’s start 0-8 alongside a 6.43 ERA in 11 starts with Jacksonville. The 25-year old in his last trip to the hill on 8/10 against Montgomery, lasted only three and a third frames relinquishing nine runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out one in a losing decision. Prior to his call up to Double-A, Lyman made 11 starts with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, in which he would make 11 starts and collect a 7-1 mark to go along with the Florida State League’s best ERA of 1.61. He would earn FSL Mid-Season All Star honors for his eye-opening numbers with Jupiter. The native of California is a former 10th round selection of the Marlins in the 2011 draft out of the University of California-Davis.
Diaz will take the hill 3-9 while controlling a 4.26 ERA in 15 starts with the Generals. The 21-year old in his last start shouldered a losing decision in five and a third frames on the mound, in which he offered up five runs (all earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out five. He’s spent time this year at the High-A level with Bakersfield, and put together an impressive 1.70 earned run mark in seven starts and 37 innings on the mound. The native of Puerto Rico is a former third-round draft pick of the Mariners in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Caguas (Puerto Rico) Military Academy.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (16-32, 45-72) @ Jackson Generals (16-31, 45-70)
Starters: JXN: RHP Edwin Diaz (3-9, 4.26 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-8, 6.43 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Suns first baseman Viosergy Rosa has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and has posted a .414 average in his last eight contests alongside three home runs and nine RBI. David Adams has posted a .351 average in his last 10 games along with two home runs and seven RBI, while tallying a hit in nine of his last eleven games. Kenny Wilson in this series with Jackson is now 5-for-9 with a homer, two triples, a RBI, and three stolen bases. Friday night Suns third-baseman Zack Cox collected his seventh three-hit game of the year.
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 (.306). Sean Donatello is fourth in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (16) and third in RBI (61). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is third in stolen bases (28) and games played (110). Elliot Soto (62) and Viosergy Rosa (62) sit tied for second in walks generated. 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 (.402).