By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) will try and snap a four-game losing streak tonight against the Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60) with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Smokies Stadium.
With last night’s 4-3 loss, the Suns have now picked up their 20th series loss of the year, and their 11th in the second half. On this 10-game road trip, Jacksonville has come up on the losing end to both Birmingham and Tennessee in the best of five, after winning back-to-back series for only the second time this year prior to the road trip’s start. All season long, the club has only won three series away from Bragan Field.
Last night’s one-run loss marks JAX’s 26th defeat that came by only a solo run, and their 11th in the second half. The Suns saw the tying and go-ahead runners on base in the ninth, but couldn’t cash in on their first victory when trailing after the seventh and eighth innings.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Tennessee righty Ryan Williams. Tomshaw enters this start 5-9 attached with a 4.31 ERA in 27 games and 16 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/26 against Birmingham, in which he would earn a no decision in four frames allowing four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out four in a 103-pitch performance. The southpaw spent some time this year at the Triple-A level with New Orleans, and in a pair of starts he put together an ERA north of 17 while posing an 0-2 mark. Tomshaw has made one start against the Smokies this year, and lasted six and a third frames surrendering two runs (one earned) on eight hits while collecting a no decision. The 26-year old is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Jacksonville University. He was selected by the Marlins in the 2014 Rule-5 draft.
Williams takes the ball 9-2 while sporting a 3.00 ERA in 15 games and 14 starts with the Smokies. His last start came on 8/26 against Chattanooga, in which he would earn the victory in six innings relinquishing one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out three. Prior to his call up to Double-A on 6/3, the California native posted a 4-1 record alongside an ERA of 1.17 in nine games and eight starts with the single-A South Bend Cubs. The 23-year old is a former 10th round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 MLB-First Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University.
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (24-39, 53-79) @ Tennessee Smokies (33-30, 72-60)
Starters: TNS: RHP Ryan Williams (9-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.31 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. Infielder David Adams has tallied a hit in 12 of his last 17 starts, including a walk-off base hit last Friday night against Mobile. Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .313 batting mark attached with two RBI and a solo run 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 has tallied a homer and five RBI. Ryan Rieger finished Sunday night’s contest a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, triple, and a RBI.
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 (66) 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 (.391).