By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (23-35, 52-75) will look to even up their series with the Birmingham Barons (32-25, 65-61) at two games apiece tonight from Regions field with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET.
On a “bullpen night” Tuesday, the likes of Alex Burgos, Esmerling De La Rosa, Raudel Lazo, and Tyler Higgins stepped front and center in the six-run victory. Burgos tallied only his second start of the year, while De La Rosa earned the winning decision in his first double-A appearance. In 86 innings worked in the month of August, the bullpen has put together a 6-4 mark alongside 3.77 ERA.
The Suns struck early with a five-spot in the second frame of Tuesday night’s victory. The club’s six-run road win, is one run shy of their largest winning margin away from Bragan Field that was set on 8/16 in a 9-2 win over Jackson. Kenny Wilson, Carlos Lopez, and Danny Black all finished with multi-RBI games in the win.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Birmingham righty Frankie Montas. Tomshaw enters tonight’s start with the Suns 5-9 alongside an ERA of 4.13 in 26 games and 15 starts. The southpaw’s last trip to the hill came on 8/21 against Mobile, in which he would take a no decision in four frames on the mound allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out one in a 77-pitch performance. This is Tomshaw’s second stint with Double-A Jacksonville after his call up to the Triple-A New Orleans, where he generated an 0-2 record with an inflated 17.18 ERA in a pair of starts and seven and a third innings. The 26-year old is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins out of Jacksonville University. He entered the Marlins organization courtesy of the 2014 Rule-5 draft.
Montas will take the ball for Birmingham 5-4 attached with a 2.49 earned run mark in 22 starts. His last start was on 8/21 against Mississippi, in which he earned a winning decision after six scoreless frames surrendering two hits while walking three and striking out six in a 99-pitch effort. In the month of August, the 22-year old has made four starts while sporting an ERA just south of three. Montas is a former non-drafted free agent signing of the Boston Red Sox in 2009. He was traded into the White Sox organization courtesy of a deal that sent major-leaguer Jake Peavey to the Boston Red Sox in 2013. This year the righty tossed a seven-inning no hitter in a shortened contest against the Tennessee Smokies on 6/9.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (23-35, 52-75) @ Birmingham Barons (32-25, 65-61)
Starters: BIR: RHP Frankie Montas (5-4, 2.49 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.13 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson controls a season-best eight-game hit streak. Terrence Dayleg finished a perfect 3-for-3 accompanied with a home run on Sunday night, and in his last eight games has put together an eye-opening .333 average. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in eleven of his last twelve starts, including a walk-off base hit on Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last five games has generated a .467 batting mark attached with two RBI and three runs scored.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (16). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is tied for second in stolen bases (32). Viosergy Rosa (69) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (64) 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 (.397), and the S.L.’s ninth-best batting average (.293).