Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – 2015 Season Review

Eye On The Southern League

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One Final “Look”…

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       #NoogaStrong – Chattanooga is in fact strong, both on and off the field!

The 2015 campaign will likely be remembered as the year Biloxi joined the Southern League by occupying the much anticipated and long-awaited MGM Park. In the end, however, it was one of Minor League Baseball’s most historic and recognizable franchises responsible for writing the season’s final chapter. The Chattanooga Lookouts emerged once again as Southern League Champions in their first year as a Twins affiliate under the direction of former big leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz.

It was marked by a Championship Series which turned everything fans knew about these clubs on its head in dramatic fashion. Billed as a battle between easily the league’s best hitting (Chattanooga) and fiercest pitching (Biloxi) squads over the long haul of the full season, the series provided a complete role reversal. Ironically Biloxi would outhit the the sluggers from Chattanooga only to see the Lookouts use stellar pitching and a Game Five shutout en route to claiming victory. Isn’t that the lure of this great game of baseball, you just never know.

Congratulations are in order for both clubs after embracing and overcoming very different, yet palpable challenges all season long. While the road warriors came up one win short of a title, they provided a narrative that will be re-visited for generations to come. Chattanooga’s high expectations and continual roster turnover was ultimately handled with a clubhouse chemistry that bonded together those who remained, and in reality an entire city, on the journey to the Lookouts first Championship since 1988.

The Lookouts-Shuckers series was the perfect finish to a memorable year. When the dust settled, Chattanooga and Biloxi had entertained baseball fans right down to the last possible day requiring the maximum of five games to settle the Southern League crown.

Lookouts-Champs

A “Look” Back At The Series…

2015 Southern League Championship Series
Chattanooga WINS series 3 Games To 2

Game 1:    Biloxi 7 Chattanooga 2      MGM Park      Biloxi leads 1-0
Game 2:    Chattanooga 6 Biloxi 1      MGM Park      Series tied 1-1
Game 3:    Biloxi 2 Chattanooga 0      AT&T Field      Biloxi leads 2-1
Game 4:    Chattanooga 4 Biloxi 2      AT&T Field      Series tied 2-2
Game 5:    Chattanooga 4 Biloxi 0      AT&T FIeld      Lookouts Win!!!

Series MVP: Chattanooga Pitcher Jason Wheeler

The 2015 Season At A Glance…

-Yearly Awards handed down by the League Office prior to Post-Season-
Southern League MVP: Max Kepler (Chattanooga Lookouts)
Southern League Pitcher of Year: Jorge Lopez (Biloxi Shuckers)
Southern League Manager of Year: Carlos Subero (Biloxi Shuckers)

-Best Of The Best-
Overall Record: Biloxi Shuckers 78-59
Home Record: Montgomery Biscuits 45-25
Road Record: Chattanooga Lookouts 42-28**
**Nearly half Biloxi’s home wins were actual road games
Team Batting Title: Montgomery Biscuits .264
Team Home Run Title: Chattanooga Lookouts 107
Team Stolen Base Leader: Chattanooga Lookouts 164
Team E.R.A. Crown: Biloxi Shuckers 3.25
Team Strikeout Crown: Montgomery Biscuits 1,158
Post-Season Batting: Biloxi Shuckers .253
Post-Sesaon E.R.A.: Chattanooga 2.63

-Individual Accomplishments-
Batting Champ: Wilson Contreras (TEN) .333
HR King: Adam Brett Walker II (CHT) 31
RBI King: Adam Brett Walker II (CHT) 106
Stolen Base Leader: Tim Anderson (BIR) 49
E.R.A. King: Tyler Wagner (BLX) 2.25
Wins Leaders: Myles Jaye (BIR) Jorge Lopez (BLX) 12
Strikeout King: Jamie Schultz (MTG) 168
Saves Leader: Zack Weiss (PNS) 25

-Post-Season Leaders-
Batting: Orlando Arcia (BLX) .400 (12-for-30)
HR: Orlando Arcia (BLX) 3
RBI: Orlando Arcia (BLX) 10
Wins: Wagner, Lopez (BLX), Hurlbut (CHT) 2
E.R.A.: Tyler Wagner (BLX) 0.00
Strikeouts: Lopez, Houser (BLX) 15

The Final Spotlight…
         -JP’s Eye On The Southern League “Golden Eye” Top Performing Prospect of 2015-
       OF Adam Brett Walker II – Chattanooga Lookouts – Minnesota Twins Organization
     -Walker joins Kris Bryant, who was last season’s Southern League Central Top Performer-

-JP’s Eye On The Southern League “Post-Season Performer” Top Performing Prospect In Playoffs-
          SS Orlando Arcia – Biloxi Shuckers – Milwaukee Brewers Organization

A Last Glance At The Final 2015 Standings…

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Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – Championship Edition

Eye On The Southern League

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By Jason Patterson
Jacksonville Suns

The Championship Series…

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First Glance…

Two Remain. It all comes down to Biloxi and Chattanooga. Both first half champions survived their respective Division Series to compete for the title. It’s a baseball fan’s dream of power pitching vs power hitting for the 2015 Southern League crown.

Chattanooga entered its first season as a Minnesota Twins affiliate with the highest expectations in the Southern League, thanks to a full arsenal of high-profile prospects. Despite continual roster turnover and countless role changes related to key personnel, they have continued to consistently rise to the occasion. The Lookouts have handled the pressure with solid team chemistry and a never say die approach which has allowed them to stand on the doorstep of eighty-wins and a first league tittle since 1988.

Perhaps no team in all of Minor League Baseball has overcome more adversity than Biloxi. Literally without a home for nearly the entire first half of the season, this core group of road warriors proceeded to simply win more game than anyone else in 2015. Whatever the final result, it is fitting that this storybook season for the Shuckers will finish on the road at AT&T Field.

The Shuckers boast the best pitching staff in the league and a starting rotation which went 3-0 in the division series against Pensacola. Southern League Pitcher of the Year Jorge Lopez and rotation mate Tyler Wagner set the tone. The duo combined for 12 2/3 scoreless innings in the Division Series. Mix in Adrian Houser’s complete game shutout (which featured six innings of perfection) in Game Two and it becomes clear why this starting group is fifthly good.

Led by Adam Brett Walker II and Southern League MVP Max Kepler, the Lookouts were easily the best offensive club in the Southern League this year. This trend and their leadership remained in the opening round of the playoffs. Down to their final strike more than once in the opening game of the NDCS, the club battled back and set the tone with a two-run single as a walk-off winner from the league MVP to set the tone. Walker homered twice in the series, providing the breathing room heading into the late innings of the team’s Game 4 clincher.

For all of Chattanooga’s offensive firepower, Shuckers shortstop Orlando Arcia provided the marquee Division Series performance at the plate. In just three games Arcia batted .615 (8 for 13), homering twice and scoring five of Biloxi’s seventeen runs while driving home six more. In addition, the Brewers top prospect posted a trio of doubles and one triple in the series.

With the two clubs splitting their eight regular season meetings right down the middle, it’s probably not a bad idea to pre-purchase tickets for games four and five in Chattanooga. The matchup features a classic Southern League franchise “looking” for a return to glory against the circuit’s impressive newest member. Whatever the ultimate result, these teams will end the year having posted more wins than anyone else in the league. This much is sure, two championship worthy organizations will clash in two great Southern League cities over the next several days.

Seeing The Big Picture…

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Players To Focus On…

The series features both the Southern League’s Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year:

Chattanooga: Max Kepler (Lookouts Outfielder, 2015 Southern League MVP)
Kepler is a primetime performer with a knack for clutch hits, including the walk-off knock in the Division Series opener.
Biloxi: Jorge Lopez (RHP, 2015 Southern League Pitcher of the Year)
Lopez will be the starter for Game One, hoping to repeat his foundational performance in the Division Series opener.

A Look Back At The Division Series….

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Chattanooga Lookouts (1st Half Champs) vs Montgomery Biscuits (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Chattanooga – Chattanooga 4 Montgomery 3
Game 2 @ Chattanooga – Montgomery 6 Chattanooga 5
Game 3 @ Montgomery – Chattanooga 7 Montgomery 3
Game 4 @ Montgomery – Chattanooga 4 Montgomery 1

South Division Championship Series – BILOXI WINS (3 Games To 0)
Biloxi Shuckers (1st Half Champs) vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Biloxi – Biloxi 4 Pensacola 2
Game 2 @ Biloxi – Biloxi 6 Pensacola 0
Game 3 @ Pensacola – Biloxi 7 Pensacola 5

Jason Patterson’s Eye On The Southern League – Post-Season Edition – September 10, 2015

Eye On The Southern League

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By Jason Patterson
Jacksonville Suns

Worth More Than A Glance

Post-Season baseball has arrived in the Southern League.
A final push for the 2015 Championship begins Thursday night!

The Series….

North Division Championship Series
Chattanooga Lookouts (1st Half Champs) vs Montgomery Biscuits (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Chattanooga Thursday, 7:15 PM
Game 2 @ Chattanooga Friday 7:15 PM
Game 3 @ Montgomery Saturday 7:35 PM
Game 4 @ Montgomery Sunday 6:35 PM (If Necessary)
Game 5 @ Montgomery Monday 8:05 PM (If Necessary)

This series has more than enough offensive fire power to keep fans interested for the full distance of five games if required. Montgomery may be the league’s hottest team entering the post-season. Chattanooga has dealt with higher expectations than anyone entering the 2015 season and the Lookouts have continually risen to the occasion. The Biscuits do not really have any holes in a lineup that has heated up at just the right time. The impressive trio of Tyler Goeddel, Johnny Field Jr and Daniel Robertson lead the way, combining for thirty home runs and over one-hundred eighty RBI’s, mixing in Patrick Leonard’s ten additional bombs and seventy-two runs scored makes it easy to see why there are plenty of reasons for Lookouts fans to be concerned. Chattanooga finally returned to it’s dominant first half form down the stretch. While many of the big names like Buxton, Berrios and Sano are no longer with the club, plenty of quality players still are. Two MVP worthy candidates in Max Kepler and Adam Brett Walker II lead the charge. Walker paced the Southern League in both homers (31) and RBI’s (106), while Kepler fell just short of the batting title (.322) and finished in the top five in both doubles and triples. For all the talk about offense, solid defensive play and a pitching staff which holds opposing key contributors in check will most likely be the keys to walking away victorious in this intriguing battle for North supremacy.

South Division Championship Series
Biloxi Shuckers (1st Half Champs) vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2nd Half Champs)

Game 1 @ Biloxi Thursday 8:10 PM
Game 2 @ Biloxi Friday 8:10 PM
Game 3 @ Pensacola Saturday 7:35 PM
Game 4 @ Pensacola Sunday 5:05 PM (If Necessary)
Game 5 @ Pensacola Monday 7:35 PM (If Necessary)

For this pair of hungry fan bases and these two talent-filled clubhouses the wait is finally over. Biloxi faced more challenges than anyone in the Southern League this season, they also posted more wins (78). Pensacola had to battle three different clubs all the way down to the season’s final weekend just to get in. As a result, the Blue Wahoos have already been feeling the pressure of pennant race baseball. The Post-season is always about pitching and this series packs a wealth of it. The Shuckers possess a one-two punch at the top of the rotation which is second to none. Pitcher of the year Jorge Lopez tied Birmingham’s Myles Jaye for the most wins (12) across the course of the regular season. Lopez also notched a 2.26 E.R.A., second only to teammate Tyler Wagner, who finished with eleven victories of his own. That’s right, just one victory off the wins pace set by Lopez and Jaye. Pensacola also possesses some very strong arms, starter Timothy Adleman posted the best E.R.A. (2.64) of anyone in the league not pitching for Biloxi. Closer Zack Weiss led the entire Southern League in saves (25). Wahoos catcher Kyle Skipworth handles the staff well and is also a key offensive contributor. Look for impact at the plate from Pensacola’s Jesse Winker, his team leading thirteen homers were accompanied by fifty-five runs driven home. Many believe Orlando Arcia has the most raw talent Double-A, he is the offensive catalyst for the Shuckers. Arcia batted .307 on the year and posted thirty-seven doubles and seven triples alongside eight homers. These two highly-regarded prospects are at or near the head of their respective organizational lists, providing further intrigue to a matchup Gulf-side locals are calling the “Seafood Series.”

A Little More Comparison…

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Players To Focus On…

There is plenty of star power in these Division Series.

Chattanooga: Max Kepler (Lookouts Outfielder, 2015 Southern League MVP)
Kepler is a primetime performer with a knack for elevating his team in clutch moments, what could be bigger than the playoffs
Montgomery: Tyler Goeddel (Biscuits Third-Baseman, Team Leader in Batting Average, RBI’s)
Goeddell has played in more games than any other Biscuit this season and remains a consistent heart of the order contributor

Biloxi: Jorge Lopez (Shuckers RHP, 2015 Southern League Pitcher of the Year)
Lopez (and you can really throw Tyler Wagner in there as well) will be responsible for setting the tone
Pensacola: Zach Weiss (Blue Wahoos RHP, Closer, Southern League Saves Leader)
Simply seeing Zach Weiss often in this series would mean things are trending the Wahoos direction

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Suns Season Finale Cancelled Due to Rain

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (28-41, 57-81) and Mississippi Braves (36-32, 69-67) season finale Monday afternoon from Bragan Field was cancelled due to rain in the second inning.

The Braves would strike first in the top of the second, after a walk to Rio Ruiz, and a double by Matt Kennelly that set a pair of runners in scoring position, Sean Godfrey grounded a run-scoring groundout to first to leap his squad ahead 1-0.

In the second, a walk to Jacksonville’s Elliot Soto, and a double by next batter to the plate Chadd Krist, knotted the tally at one.

This contest marks the final game of Bragan Family ownership in Jacksonville.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Bragan Era Comes to a Close this Afternoon

Game Preview

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (28-41, 57-81) will close out their season against the Mississippi Braves (36-32, 69-67) this afternoon with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.

After 31 seasons under ownership of the Bragan Family, the Suns were sold to Ken Babby, current owner of the Eastern League’s Akron RubberDucks (AA) and former Washington Post executive. Suns owner Peter “Pedro” Bragan, Jr., made it official in a press conference this offseason announcing the sale of the team. “It’s the right time and I also think it’s the right new owner for Jacksonville,” said Bragan Jr. The Suns have been running a season-long promotion entitled “Pedro’s Last Dance” which will celebrate the decades of Bragan Family ownership of the Suns. The promotion has included special events and several giveaways. Babby’s transaction of the organization will be made official in September of 2015. Babby, in his second season as owner of the RubberDucks, has seen Akron’s attendance increase by 27.7 percent. Last season, the attendance figure rose to 350,704 which was good for a 15.7 percent spike from 2013. He has also enjoyed on-field success, as the club jumped from ninth to fourth in the Eastern League standings. Peter Bragan, Sr., who served as the team’s Chairman of the Board until his death in 2012, first purchased the Suns into the family in 1984.

The Suns effectively played the role of spoiler last night bouncing the Mississippi Braves from the 2015 Southern League Playoffs. With the Braves loss, and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 15-2 victory a night ago, that clinched Pensacola’s first playoff birth in franchise history. The Suns earned their fourth series victory of the second half, and their ninth overall in 2015.

This afternoon marks the end of the 2015 season for the Jacksonville Suns. The club saw a first half in which they would finish 29-40, which was good for fourth-place in the South Division. The Suns had a slew of major league rehabs; with the likes of Jose Fernandez, Jarred Cosart, Michael Morse, Jeff Mathis, and Bryan Morris donning a Suns uniform. Jacksonville saw members of the 2015 roster Brian Ellington, Kyle Barraclough, Scott McGough, Raudel Lazo, and Kendry Flores all make their way to the Miami Marlins.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Austin Brice to be opposed by Mississippi righty Greg Ross. Brice will take the ball tonight 6-9 attached with an ERA of 4.67 in 25 starts with the Suns this year. His last trip to the hill came on 9/1 against Tennessee, in which he would earn the victory after five scoreless frames on the mound relinquishing three hits while walking five and striking out six in a 97-pitch performance. Brice finished the month of August for the Suns 2-2 while sporting a 3.26 ERA over 30 and a third innings and five starts. The 23-year old against Mississippi this year, has made a pair of starts posting a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 15.00. On 7/16 against the Braves, Brice would be spotted with a 10-run lead, but could only work two innings that night offering up eight runs (five earned) on seven hits in a no decision. The native of North Carolina is a former ninth-round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2010 MLB-First Year Player Draft out of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C.

Ross will step to the mound 7-9 alongside a 3.99 earned-run mark in 25 games and 23 starts with the Braves. His last start came on 9/1 against Biloxi, in which he would generate six innings allowing one run (earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven. Ross has made a pair of starts against Jacksonville this year, and has put together an 0-1 record linked with an ERA of 2.08. In the second half of the year Ross has been solid, manufacturing a sub-three ERA in 12 starts. The 2015 campaign marked his first year at the Double-A level. The Braves drafted Ross in the 18th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Frostburg State University.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Listen Live to Braves and Suns: Live- September 7, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Monday we close out the regular season with the final game of the Bragan Era, Labor Day Holiday Matinee and Kids Run The Bases! It’s Baseball in the SUNShine and join us for Pedro’s last game! After the game is the last Kids Run The Bases of the season, presented by VyStar Credit Union & WOKV!

Matchup: Mississippi Braves (36-32, 69-67) @ Jacksonville Suns (28-41, 57-81)

Starters: MIS: RHP Gregg Ross (7-9, 3.99 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Austin Brice (6-9, 4.67 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, including coming up a double shy of the cycle on Tuesday night in Tennessee, in a game where he collected a homer and four RBI. David Adams collected JAX’s first walk off home run of the year on Thursday night with a three-run shot in the 10th inning, and in this series with the Braves has collected six RBI on seven hits. Infielder Eudy Pina in his last five games has generated a .538 batting mark attached with two RBI and four runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of 11 and a third scoreless frames in relief. Ryan Rieger over his last five games has been swinging a red-hot bat, posting an average of .375, and over his last nine contests, he’s batting .440. Saturday night he tallied his second three-hit game and his first three RBI performance. Danny Black posted four RBI in Sunday night’s win, while tallying his fifth multi-hit game of the year.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (17). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is tied for second in stolen bases (37). Viosergy Rosa (77) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto is fifth (69). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.12) and is fifth in K’s (127). David Adams possesses the third-best on-base percentage (.399) and eighth best batting average (.294).

 

Suns Power Past Braves 7-3

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonille Suns 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (28-41, 57-81) powered past the Mississippi Braves (36-32, 69-67) 7-3 Sunday night from Bragan Field

Matt Tomshaw (W, 6-10) in his start for the Suns lasted seven innings allowing two runs (all earned) on three hits while walking one and striking out eight. Stephen Janas (L, 2-8) took the loss in his start for the Braves surrendering seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits while walking one and not striking out a batter.

The scoring would begin in the top of the first when the Braves got on the board after a solo shot by Levi Hyams (HR, 3) that moved the Braves ahead 1-0.

Onto the bottom of the first a Viosergy Rosa RBI single, a Ryan Rieger run-scoring base knock, and Danny Black’s two RBI double moved the Suns in front 4-1.

Moving to the last of third with a pair of runners on it was Black’s two-run single that ballooned Jacksonville’s scoreboard edge to 6-1. In the same frame, the Suns tacked one more courtesy of Kenny Wilson’s RBI single to make the tally 7-1.

On to the fourth stanza Mississippi added a pair of runs after David Rohm’s RBI double, and a wild pitch offered up by Suns bullpen arm Juancito Martinez that made it a 7-3 contest.

With the win the Suns eliminate the Braves from playoff contention.

The Suns and Braves will square off in the regular season finale Monday afternoon from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (6-9, 4.67 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Greg Ross (7-9, 3.99 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM & 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 12:50 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest:

Suns Look to Win Final Series of Season

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Terrence Dayleg returns from Jacksonville's disabled list. Photo Courtesy: Jay Metz

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (27-41, 56-81) will look for their fourth series victory of the second half against the Mississippi Braves (36-31, 69-66) tonight at Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

With a win tonight the Suns can earn only their fourth series victory of the second half, and their ninth overall on the 2015 season. Here at the Baseball Grounds, the club could grab its’ sixth series win at home, and their third in the latter portion of the year. Even if Jacksonville were to win out, the club would still fall just a game short of the .500 watermark at Bragan Field.

The Suns will look to play spoiler for the last two games of this series against Mississippi, who continues to be in contention in the South Division. The Braves, even with the loss last night, still remain a half game back of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Wahoos are coming off a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Mobile BayBears. The BayBears now sit only a game back of first place in the crowed top tier of the South Division.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Mississippi righty Stephen Janas. Tomshaw will step to the mound tonight 5-10 with an ERA of 4.45 in 28 games and 17 starts with the Suns. The southpaw’s last trip to the hill came on 8/31 against Tennessee, in which he would shoulder a losing decision after five innings on the mound allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while walking and striking out three. Tomshaw had a small stint this year at the Triple-A level with New Orleans, and there would make a pair of starts and work to an 0-2 record with an ERA north of 17. The local Jacksonville University product began the year in the Suns bullpen before joining the rotation in early June. The 26-year old is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by the Marlins organization courtesy of the 2014 Rule-5 draft.

Janas will take the ball 2-7 alongside a 4.23 ERA in 12 starts with the Braves. His last start was on 8/31 against Biloxi, in which the righty posted a victory after six scoreless frames allowing only one hit while walking two and striking out three in an 88-pitch performance. Janas at the High-A level with Carolina this year manufactured an ERA of 0.59 along with 5-0 mark over six starts. The 23-year old was called up to double-A on July 2nd, and this year marks his first year at the Double-A level. The native of Marietta, Ga. is a former sixth-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Kennesaw State University.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Listen Live to Braves and Suns: Live- September 6, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Sunday Night is Fan Appreciation Night, BirdZerk Appearance, Team Photo Giveaway & Holiday Fireworks Spectacular!  Thousands of dollars in gifts & prizes will be given away as the Suns say THANK YOU for a great 2015 season and two lucky fans will win a LA-Z-BOY recliner!  Plus Catch all of the crazy antics of everyone’s favorite fowl, Birdzerk, who will be on hand and performing throughout the game! Arrive early as the first 3,000 fans get a 2015 Suns Team Photo! Don’t miss your chance to see the latest rides from your local Southern Ford Dealers. After the game, catch a giant Labor Day Celebration/Fan Appreciation Fireworks show with a special tribute to the Home Run and the Ghost of Babe Ruth, presented by your local Southern Ford Dealers, CW17 & 99.1 WQIK!

Matchup: Mississippi Braves (36-31, 69-66) @ Jacksonville Suns (27-41, 56-81)

Starters: MIS: RHP Stephen Janas (2-7, 4.23  ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (5-10, 4.45 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games, including coming up a double shy of the cycle on Tuesday night in Tennessee, in a game where he collected a homer and four RBI. David Adams collected JAX’s first walk off home run of the year on Thursday night with a three-run shot in the 10th inning, and in this series with the Braves has collected six RBI on five hits. Infielder Eudy Pina in his last five games has generated a .467 batting mark attached with two RBI and three runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of 11 and a third scoreless frames in relief. Ryan Rieger over his last five games has been swinging a red-hot bat, posting an average of .467, and over his last nine contests, he’s batting .400. Saturday night he tallied his second three-hit game and his first three RBI performance.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (17). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is tied for second in stolen bases (37). Viosergy Rosa (76) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto is fifth (69). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.12) and is fifth in K’s (127). David Adams possesses the third-best on-base percentage (.397) and eighth best batting average (.292).

Suns Charge Past Braves 4-1

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (27-41, 56-81) charged past the Mississippi Braves (36-31, 69-66) 4-1 Saturday night from Bragan Field

Suns starter Jarlin Garcia (W, 1-3) generated six frames relinquishing one run (earned) on three hits while walking three and striking out six. Andrew Thurman (L, 1-4) in his start for the Braves lasted four and two-thirds innings surrendering four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out four. Tyler Higgins (S, 5) tossed a scoreless ninth en route to his fifth save of the year.

The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first after Carlos Lopez and David Adams would reach on a double and a walk respectively. It wasn’t until Ryan Rieger’s RBI single, that Lopez scored, and moved the Suns in front 1-0. Next batter Elliot Soto grounded an infield run-scoring single to second, to double up Jacksonville’s edge to a 2-0 tally.

To the last of the fifth, with a pair of runners on courtesy of a Adams single, and a walk of Viosergy Rosa, Ryan Rieger served up a two-run double down the left field line to move the Suns advantage to 4-0.

Moving to the first of the sixth frame, the Braves generated a pair of runners on for a RBI single by Kevin Ahrens, that got the Braves on the scoreboard, now trailing 4-1.

Alex Burgos out of the Suns bullpen tossed a scoreless seventh in relief. Kyle Fischer generated a scoreless eighth out of the bullpen for Jacksonville.

The Suns and Braves will square off again Sunday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Matt Tomshaw (5-10, 4.45 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Stephen Janas (2-7, 4.23 ERA).

Sunday Night is Fan Appreciation Night, BirdZerk Appearance, Team Photo Giveaway & Holiday Fireworks Spectacular!  Thousands of dollars in gifts & prizes will be given away as the Suns say THANK YOU for a great 2015 season and two lucky fans will win a LA-Z-BOY recliner!  Plus Catch all of the crazy antics of everyone’s favorite fowl, Birdzerk, who will be on hand and performing throughout the game! Arrive early as the first 3,000 fans get a 2015 Suns Team Photo! Don’t miss your chance to see the latest rides from your local Southern Ford Dealers. After the game, catch a giant Labor Day Celebration/Fan Appreciation Fireworks show with a special tribute to the Home Run and the Ghost of Babe Ruth, presented by your local Southern Ford Dealers, CW17 & 99.1 WQIK!

Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:35 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest:

Suns and Braves Continue Series Tonight

Game Preview

Matt Juengel 5-5 Photo

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (26-41, 55-81) will face off with the Mississippi Braves (36-30, 69-65) in game three of their series tonight with a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch from Bragan Field.

The Suns look to play spoiler for the rest of this series against Mississippi, who continues to be in contention in the South Division. The Braves, even with a win last night, still remain a half game back of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Wahoos are coming off a 15-inning walk-off win last night courtesy of Juan Duran’s RBI single.

Suns second-baseman David Adams has been red-hot in this series, collecting six RBI, with three of them coming in last night’s loss. Adams has been coming through in clutch situations, not only on Thursday providing a walk-off home run, but his two-run single in the seventh of Friday night’s loss manufactured the Suns a one-run lead they would carry into the ninth.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Jarlin Garcia to be opposed by Mississippi righty Andrew Thurman. Garcia steps to the hill for the Suns with a record of 0-3 attached with an ERA of 5.58 in six starts. His last trip to the hill came on 8/30 against Tennessee, in which he posted six innings allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out four in an 83-pitch performance and a losing decision. The southpaw made five starts in the month of August and posted an 0-2 mark while sporting a 5.04 ERA. Garcia was the lone representative of the Marlins farm system in the 2015 Sirius/XM Futures Game at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 22-year spent his year prior to joining Jacksonville at the High-A level with Jupiter. There Garcia would put together a 3-5 mark attached with a 3.06 ERA in 18 starts en route to being a Florida State Mid-Season All-Star. Garcia signed with the Marlins as a minor league free agent signing in May of 2011.

Thurman will take the mound for the Braves 1-3 with an ERA of 4.58 over four starts. His last time taking the ball was on 8/30 against Biloxi, in which Thurman would take the loss after five frames surrendering four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out one. This year the 23-year old has spent time at the High-A and rookie ball levels. With Carolina (A+), he made 11 starts and generated a record of 5-4 alongside 3.77 earned-run mark. With the GCL Braves (Rk) the native of California posted an ERA north of three in three games and two starts. He’s a former second-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in the 2013 draft, and entered the Braves organization courtesy of a trade that most notably sent Evan Gattis to the Astros.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

It’s Pedro Fedora Giveaway Night on Saturday plus the Zooperstars, Blood Alliance Blood Drive & Saturday Night Shrimp Dinner! Pedro’s Last Dance is in the final weekend and we’re giving Pedro Fedoras to the first three thousand fans, courtesy of Community First Credit Union of Florida, FOX 30 & 96.9 The Eagle! It’s also your last chance in 2015 to catch the zany antics of the Zooperstars who will be on hand and performing throughout the game! Plus don’t miss the hottest new rides from your local Southern Ford Dealers! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be on hand and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game and a hot dog and soda voucher! Also enjoy the Sea Best Unlimited Shrimp Dinner in the Sundowner Lounge from 6-8! Get unlimited Butterfly Breaded Shrimp, sides and a soda for only $16.50!

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Matchup: Mississippi Braves (36-30, 69-65) @ Jacksonville Suns (26-41, 55-81)

Starters: MIS: RHP Andrew Thurman (1-3, 4.58 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Jarlin Garcia (0-3, 5.58 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games, including coming up a double shy of the cycle on Tuesday night in Tennessee, in a game where he collected a homer and four RBI. David Adams collected JAX’s first walk off home run of the year on Thursday night with a three-run shot in the 10th inning, and in this series with the Braves has collected six RBI. Infielder Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .474 batting mark attached with four RBI and four runs scored. Pina finished Tuesday night’s win in Tennessee 5-for-6. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of 11 and a third scoreless frames in relief. Ryan Rieger over his last five games has been swinging a red-hot bat, posting an average of .462, and over his last eight contests, he’s batting .333.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Matt Juengel currently rests tied for second in home runs (17). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (37). Viosergy Rosa (75) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto is fifth (68). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.12) and is fifth in K’s (127). David Adams possesses the third-best on-base percentage (.394) and eighth best batting average (.288).

Suns Topped by Braves 10-6

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (26-41, 55-81) were dropped by the Mississippi Braves (36-30, 69-65) 10-6 Friday night from Bragan Field

Brighton Trepagnier (W, 4-2) earned the victory after tossing a scoreless eighth for the Braves. Josh Hodges (L, 1-2) (BS, 1) in relief for Jacksonville only retired one batter allowing six runs (all earned) on four hits while walking two and not striking out a batter.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second after KD Kang led off with a triple, to then get knocked in by Rio Ruiz’s run scoring groundout that moved the Braves in front 1-0.

Moving to the third frame, a one out double by Emerson Landoni set him up in scoring position for a Kevin Ahrens RBI single, that made it a 2-0 edge for the Braves.

Flashing to the bottom half of the third inning it was Chris Hoo ripping a one out triple to stand 90-feet away from home for Scott Lyman’s RBI single to make it a 2-1 ballgame.

In the top of the fourth the Braves worked a pair of runners on the corners with one out. Matt Lipka then bounced into a RBI fielder’s choice scoring a run, and pushing the Braves edge to 3-1.

Flashing to the bottom of the sixth the Suns worked the first two batters on base via the walk. David Adams looped a run scoring single into right to bring the Suns to within a 3-2 tally. Next batter Matt Juengel, then arched a RBI sacrifice fly into center to tie the score at three.

To the seventh, against Suns reliever Jose Jose, Steve Rodriguez mashed a double to center to set up shop in scoring position. After a sac bunt moved Rodriguez to third, a fielding error by Suns right fielder Carlos Lopez brought home a run and moved the Braves ahead 4-3.

In the last of the seventh Jacksonville manufactured runners on the corners with one out. It was David Adams who laced a two RBI single that moved the Suns in the lead at 5-4.

In the top of the ninth the Braves worked runners on the corners with nobody out against Suns reliever Josh Hodges. It was Matt Lipka who laid down a RBI squeeze bunt that tied the game at five. Two batters later, Landoni looped a two-run single to move Mississippi ahead 7-5. Next batter Kevin Ahrens provided a sac fly to move the Braves in front 8-5. A RBI single by Eric Garcia and a throwing error on Terrence Dayleg put the Braves on top 10-5.

A RBI single by Elliot Soto in the bottom of the ninth moved the Suns to within a 10-6 tally.

Suns starter Scott Lyman lasted six innings allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out two in a no decision.

The Suns and Braves will square off again Saturday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-3, 5.58 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Andrew Thurman (1-3, 4.58 ERA).

It’s Pedro Fedora Giveaway Night on Saturday plus the Zooperstars, Blood Alliance Blood Drive & Saturday Night Shrimp Dinner! Pedro’s Last Dance is in the final weekend and we’re giving Pedro Fedoras to the first three thousand fans, courtesy of Community First Credit Union of Florida, FOX 30 & 96.9 The Eagle! It’s also your last chance in 2015 to catch the zany antics of the Zooperstars who will be on hand and performing throughout the game! Plus don’t miss the hottest new rides from your local Southern Ford Dealers! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be on hand and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game and a hot dog and soda voucher! Also enjoy the Sea Best Unlimited Shrimp Dinner in the Sundowner Lounge from 6-8! Get unlimited Butterfly Breaded Shrimp, sides and a soda for only $16.50!

Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest: