By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (17-32, 46-72) and the Jackson Generals (16-32, 45-71) will square off in the rubber match of their series tonight with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from The Ballpark at Jackson.
After 13 starts in the Southern League, last night Scott Lyman picked up his first Double-A victory. Lyman had faced losing decisions in seven of his first eight starts in the S.L. The righty’s current 1-8 mark, is on the heels of a 7-1 record posted this year at the High-A level with Jupiter in the Florida State League.
Zack Cox has been on fire in his last two games going 7-for-10 at the plate while collecting a pair of RBI. In his last four games, the Suns third-baseman has manufactured an average of .450. Last night in a 4-for-4 performance, Cox tallied his second four-hit showing, which is good for second on the Suns behind Kenny Wilson who has notched three.
Tonight will mark the series and season finale between the Suns and Generals with the winner claiming the series. Jacksonville will look for only their second series victory of the second half, and their seventh overall. JAX has only won two series away from Bragan Field this year, and have struggled in finales, putting together a mark of 5-19 overall and 2-8 in the latter portion of 2015.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Trevor Williams to be opposed by Jackson righty Stephen Landazuri. Williams takes the ball tonight 6-8 alongside a 4.17 ERA in 21 games and 20 starts with the Suns. In his last trip to the hill against Montgomery on 8/11, the 23-year old earned a no decision in four and a third frames allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. He has made one start against Jackson this year that came on opening night, and he tallied a no decision in a scoreless six innings on the mound relinquishing only one hit. In the month of August the California native has made a pair of starts while posting an ERA of 4.32. Overall in the second half, he’s manufactured a 3-1 record while being saddled with an ERA of 4.05 in six starts. Williams is a former second-round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University.
Landazuri will toe the rubber 1-3 while sporting an ERA of 4.10 in 11 starts with the Generals. His last start came on 8/11 against Tennessee, and he would pick up the win in six and a third scoreless frames allowing three hits while offering up three walks and striking out three. Landazuri has also made 11 starts at the Triple-A level with Tacoma, and generated a 1-4 record attached with an inflated 8.11 ERA. The 23-year old is a former 22nd round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Wilmer Carter High School (Rialto, Calif).
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (17-32, 46-72) @ Jackson Generals (16-32, 45-71)
Starters: JXN: RHP Stephen Landazuri (1-3, 4.10 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (6-8, 4.17 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Over the last two nights Suns third-baseman Zack Cox has been 7-for-10 at the plate while batting .450 in his last four contests. Suns first baseman Viosergy Rosa has hit safely in seven of his last nine games and has posted a .375 average in his last nine contests alongside three home runs and nine RBI. David Adams has posted a .361 average in his last 10 games along with two home runs and seven RBI, while tallying a hit in ten of his last twelve games.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Zack Cox controls the fourth-best batting average in the Southern League (.314). Sean Donatello is fourth in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (16) and fourth in RBI (61). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is third in stolen bases (30) and games played (111). Viosergy Rosa (62) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (62) is fourth. 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 (.404).