By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (26-40, 55-80) will look to continue to play the role of spoiler against the Mississippi Braves (35-30, 68-65) tonight with a first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
After Thursday night’s 7-6 walk-off win over Mississippi, the Suns are now 4-7 overall in contests featuring a walk off, and 3-2 in the second half. Overall in extra-inning games this year, the club is now 4-8. For David Adams, that was his first home run since August 10th in Montgomery.
With Suns starter Chipper Smith going down with an apparent injury in the first frame, the club turned to six bullpen arms to finish the contest. Highlighting the ‘pen included Tyler Bremer manufacturing four and a third scoreless frames. Bremer since his call up, has now produced 11 and a third scoreless frames in relief. The only reliever not used last night by JAX, was right-hander Josh Hodges.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Mississippi righty John Gant. Lyman steps the mound for Jacksonville 1-9 alongside a 6.41 ERA in 14 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 8/29 against Tennessee, in which he would earn a no decision in six frames on the mound allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking and striking out two in a 96-pitch performance. In the month of August, Lyman made five starts working to an ERA north of six. Prior to his call up he was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star after posting a 7-1 mark alongside a miniscule 1.61 ERA. The native of Alamo, Cal., is a former 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California-Davis.
Gant will take the ball 4-0 attached with an ERA of 1.54 in six starts with the Braves. His last start came on 8/29 against Biloxi, in which he would earn a winning decision after seven innings on the mound relinquishing one run (earned) on six hits while not walking a batter and striking out seven. This year he spent time at the High-A level with the New York Mets organization, finishing 2-0 while sporting an ERA south of two in six starts before being traded to Atlanta’s farm system. After being an original 21st round draft pick of the Mets in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, Fla., he was traded on 7/24 to the Braves along with righty Rob Whalen, in exchange for major league veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.
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Matchup: Mississippi Braves (35-30, 68-65) @ Jacksonville Suns (26-40, 55-80)
Starters: MIS: RHP John Gant (4-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (1-9, 6.41 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 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. Infielder Eudy Pina in his last six games has generated a .529 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 .500, 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) and knotted in fifth in RBI (66). Outfielder Kenny Wilson is second in stolen bases (36). Viosergy Rosa (75) sits third in walks generated. 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 (.393) and 10th best batting average (.287).