By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (22-34, 51-74) will continue their series with the Birmingham Barons (31-24, 64-60) tonight with a first pitch of 8:05 p.m. ET from Regions Field.
The Suns in the 6-2 loss last night in the opener of the series, fell to 17-10 overall in series openers, and 8-5 in series startups in the latter portion of the year. The club has won three out of the last five ‘lid-lifters.’
Suns infielder Terrence Dayleg has now collected a home run in two of his last three games, while hitting safely in seven of his last 10 contests. During that stretch Dayleg has posted a .322 average. Sunday night marked his third three-hit game of the year, after finishing a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Jarlin Garcia to be opposed by Barons righty Matt Heidenreich. Garcia enters tonight’s start 0-1 alongside a 3.74 ERA in four starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/18 against Mobile, in which he earned a no decision in five frames on the mound allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking three and striking out seven in an 84-pitch performance. Here in the month of August, he has made three starts which have turned out to all be no decisions. Prior to his call up to Jacksonville, the Marlins second-ranked prospect according to MLB.com was a Florida State League All-Star after collecting a 3.06 ERA in 18 starts with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads. The 22-year old was an international free agent signing of the Marlins organization in the 2011 off season.
Heidenreich will step to the rubber without having collected a decision attached with an earned run mark of 6.00. His last start was on 8/19 against Mississippi, in which he would manufacture six innings surrendering four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out seven in a 92-pitch effort. The righty was impressive in his time with High-A Winston-Salem where he would finish 12-3 alongside a 2.76 ERA in 21 starts en route to becoming a 2015 Carolina League Mid-Season All Star. The native of California is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2009 MLB Firs-Year Player Draft out of Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore, California.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (22-34, 51-74) @ Birmingham Barons (31-24, 64-60)
Starters: BIR: RHP Matt Heidenriech (0-0, 6.00 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Jarlin Garcia (0-1, 3.74 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Terrence Dayleg finished a perfect 3-for-3 accompanied with a home run on Sunday night, and in his last five games has put together an eye-opening .400 average. First-baseman Viosergy Rosa provided his second multi-HR performance of the year on Friday night. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in nine of his last ten starts, including a walk-off base hit on Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .421 batting mark attached with four RBI and three runs scored. Infielder Elliot Soto is starting to heat up batting .310 in his last nine games. Centerfielder Kenny Wilson is batting .342 in his last nine games along with a homer and five RBI.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (16) and fifth in RBI (62). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is third in stolen bases (31). 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 second-best on-base percentage (.400), and the S.L.’s eighth-best batting average (.293).