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.
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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!
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).