By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) will square off with the Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60) in game two of their series tonight from Smokies Stadium at 7:05 p.m. ET.
In last night’s 7-0 loss in the opener, the Suns are now 8-13 overall in games featuring a shutout, and 3-5 in the second half. The last time the club was shutout in a standard nine-inning contest came on 7/7 in a 5-0 loss to Birmingham.
After the loss last night, Jacksonville this year in series openers has now fallen to an overall record of 17-11, and 8-6 in the second half of the year in ‘lid-lifters.’ Lately the club has dropped three out of their last four series startups.
Former Smokie, and current Sun, Elliot Soto finished last night’s return to Smokies Stadium 0-for-3. Prior to coming over to the Marlins organization in a deal that sent veteran starter Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs, he posted a .275 average along with 18 RBI in 88 games with Tennessee.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Tennessee righty Pierce Johnson. Lyman takes the ball 1-9 alongside a 6.72 ERA in 13 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/23 against Birmingham, in which he took the loss in five innings allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits while walking three and striking out two in a 91-pitch effort. His lone career Double-A winning decision came on 8/15 against Jackson in a six-inning performance. In the month of August he’s posted an earned-run mark north of seven in four starts. Prior to his call up to Jacksonville on 6/10, the 25-year old was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads finishing 7-1 with an ERA of 1.61 over 11 starts. The native of California is a former 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California-Davis.
Johnson will take the ball 6-2 attached with a 2.22 ERA in 14 starts with the Smokies. His last start came on 8/24 against Chattanooga, in which he took the loss after six frames relinquishing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out five in a 89-pitch performance. Post all-star break, he’s generated an ERA south of three attached with a 5-2 mark. Johnson entered the Cubs organization as a first round (43rd overall) draft pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Missouri State University. The 24-year old in his career, sports a 2.56 ERA in 63 games and 60 starts.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (24-37, 53-77) @ Tennessee Smokies (31-30, 70-60)
Starters: TNS: RHP Pierce Johnson (6-2, 2.22 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (1-9, 6.72 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Terrence Dayleg finished a perfect 3-for-3 accompanied with a home run on Sunday night. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in eleven of his last fifteen starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .400 batting mark attached with three RBI and three runs scored. Reliever Tyler Bremer since getting the call up to AA JAX on 8/23 has tossed a total of six scoreless frames in relief. Viosergy Rosa now has three home runs and eight RBI in his last 10 games.
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 second in stolen bases (35). Viosergy Rosa (73) sits third in walks generated while Elliot Soto (64) is fifth. Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.05) and is fifth in K’s (121). David Adams possesses the fifth-best on-base percentage (.390).