Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (21-32, 50-72) will look to extend their current five-game winning streak tonight against the Mobile BayBears (28-23, 62-58) with a first pitch set in the opener of the doubleheader for 5:05 p.m. ET.
The Jacksonville Suns have collected their eighth series win of the second half last night, and their third of the second half. For only the second time this year the club has collected a series victory in back-to-back five-game sets. The last time they pulled off that feat came in a pair of series when facing off with the Montgomery Biscuits and Pensacola Blue Wahoos in early June. Also JAX has nailed down its’ fifth-straight victory which ties their largest winning streak of the year. The last time Jacksonville won five-straight came between the dates of 4/10-4/16.
David Adams walk-off single in the eighth frame of the opener, tallied Jacksonville’s third walk-off win of the year, and their second in the latter portion of the season. JAX has now improved to 17-24 overall in one-run contests this year.
Viosergy Rosa provided his second multi-HR game of the year last night, and his fourth four RBI game of 2015 in last night’s 11-3 win in the nightcap. Rosa’s last performance with a pair of home runs came on 8/7 in a contest against the Montgomery Biscuits, which the club would club a total of five home runs. The Suns first-baseman has now tallied two of the three multi-HR games by a Sun this year.
Tonight’s pitching matchups will feature Jacksonville left-hander Chipper Smith against Mobile righty Edgar Garcia, while in the nightcap, the Suns will send out lefty Jose Jose and the BayBears will counter with right-hander Gabriel Arias. Smith takes the ball 2-3 alongside a 4.69 ERA in 18 games and 13 starts with the Suns. In his last trip to the hill on 8/14 against Jackson, the Southpaw generated six frames on the mound relinquishing two runs (both earned) on five hits while walking and striking out two in a 93-pitch performance. Prior to his call up to Jacksonville on 8/7, he was sent to High-A Jupiter where he would work in five games and four starts mustering up an ERA of 4.66 in 17 innings on the mound. The California native started out 2015 with the Suns, and would flip between a starter and reliever role, before being sent down on 7/7. Smith is a former 38th round draft pick of the Marlins organization in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Cumberland University.
Garcia takes the ball in game one for Mobile 4-1 attached with a 4.28 ERA in 15 games and eight starts. His last time taking the ball came in a start on 8/13 against Mississippi, in which he earned a winning decision after tossing five innings surrendering one run (earned) on four hits while walking and striking out one. Prior to his stop on Mobile, Garcia spent time at the Triple-A level with Reno posting a 3-1 record to go along with a 4.91 ERA in six starts and 33 innings. The native of the Dominican Republic has made three appearances and two starts against Jacksonville this year, and posted a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings without recording a decision. He’ s a former minor-league free agent signing of the Diamondbacks in the 2014 offseason.
In the nightcap left-hander Jose Jose will take the mound for the Suns having made four appearances with Jupiter and posted a spotless ERA. He was released by the Diamondbacks, and signed as a minor-league free agent by the Marlins on August 5th.
In game two for Mobile they’ll send out Arias who has impressed at Double-A with a 4-1 mark and an ERA of 1.90 in six starts and 42 and two-thirds innings on the mound. His last start came on 8/14 against Mississippi, and he would pick up the victory in seven and two-thirds frames allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits walking two and striking out four. Arias has made 14 appearances and 13 starts with Triple-A Reno this year, and generated a 5-4 mark while sporting a 6.22 ERA over 63 and two-thirds innings. He signed as a minor-league free agent with the Diamondbacks in the 2014 offseason.
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Matchup: Mobile BayBears (28-23, 62-58) @ Jacksonville Suns (21-32, 50-72)
Starters: G1:MOB: RHP Edgar Garcia (4-0, 4.28 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP: Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.69 ERA)
G2: MOB: RHP Gabriel Arias (4-1, 1.90 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP: Jose Jose (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Viosergy Rosa has hit safely in nine of his last twelve games and has posted a .344 average in his last nine contests alongside two home run and six RBI. Rosa provided his second multi-HR performance of the year on Friday night. David Adams has posted a .325 average in his last 10 games along with a homer and 13 RBI, while tallying a seven-game hit streak. Eudy Pina is 6-for-10 in his last three games at the plate.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Sean Donatello is fifth in saves (14). Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (16) and third in RBI (61). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is third in stolen bases (30). Viosergy Rosa (67) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (63) is fourth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.45) and is fourth in K’s (120). David Adams possesses the third-best on-base percentage (.401).