By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (18-32, 47-72) will begin a five-game set against the Mobile BayBears (28-20, 62-55) tonight with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
The Suns are fresh off a 10-game road trip between Montgomery and Jackson, in which they would finish 4-6. After winning the series opener against the Biscuits, they dropped the next four in-a-row. After falling in the opener to the Generals, the Suns grabbed the next three out of four contests from The Ballpark at Jackson, to earn their first series victory since early July. Third-baseman Zack Cox finished the road trip batting .378 with a homer and five RBI.
The Mobile BayBears enter play tonight 28-20 in the second half, and 62-55 overall. The club currently sits in first-place in the Southern League South Division standings, holding a game lead on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Mobile is tied for fifth in batting average (.256) and second in ERA (3.53) in the S.L. With their series finale against the Mississippi Braves being cancelled due to rain, the BayBears would come up on the winning end in three of the four games played. Zach Borenstein and Socrates Brito highlight the lineup, posting the fifth and seventh best batting averages in the S.L. respectively.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Jarlin Garcia to be opposed by Mobile righty John Omahen. Garcia enters this start 0-1 alongside a 4.32 ERA in three starts with Jacksonville. In his last trip to the hill on 8/12 against Jackson, worked six frames surrendering one run (earned) on three hits while walking four and striking out six in a no decision. The southpaw has made one start against Mobile this year that came on 7/28. On that night, Garcia made his Double-A debut and took the loss in five and two-thirds frames in which he allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five. He was the lone representative from the Marlins farm system to play in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures game. The 22-year old was a former international free agent signing of the Marlins in August of 2010.
Omahen will step to the mound 6-1 attached with an ERA of 3.44 in nine starts with the BayBears. He’s spent the majority of his year at the High-A level with Visalia, and put together a 6-2 mark attached with a 3.35 ERA in 14 starts en route to being a 2015 California League Mid-Season All-Star. Omahen was originally signed by the Marlins organization in 2011, and released in 2013. The Diamondbacks would then ink him to a minor league deal in January of 2014.
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Matchup: Mobile BayBears (28-20, 62-55) @ Jacksonville Suns (17-32, 46-72)
Starters: MOB: RHP John Omahen (6-1, 3.44 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Jarlin Garcia (0-1, 4.32 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Over the last eight games Suns third-baseman Zack Cox has been 14-for-37 (.378) at the plate, and over his last four games he’s batting .579. Suns first baseman Viosergy Rosa has hit safely in seven of his last ten games and has posted a .333 average in his last nine contests alongside two home runs and six RBI. David Adams has posted a .342 average in his last 10 games along with two home runs and nine RBI, while tallying a hit in eleven of his last thirteen games.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Zack Cox controls the third-best batting average in the Southern League (.319) and fifth-best on-base percentage (.392). Sean Donatello is fifth in saves (14). 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 (112). Viosergy Rosa (66) 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).