After blasting five home runs and clinching a series win over the Mobile BayBears, the Jacksonville Suns close their series and homestand Monday, with first pitch set for 11:05 a.m. at Bragan Field.
It's a celebration of Reading Day at the ballpark, with school kids from all over Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia invited to enjoy this special early afternoon game. Prizes will be awarded for the best banner with a Suns and reading theme.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto, along with infielders Mark Canha and Audy Ciriaco, as well as outfielders Kyle Jensen and Marcell Ozuna, all left the yard for Jacksonville Sunday afternoon to help power the Suns to their 14-6 victory over Mobile.
Canha led all hitters with three base knocks and reached base a total of five times in the contest, while Ozune, Ciriaco and outfielder Christian Yelich also recorded multi-hit efforts in the win.
LHP Adam Conley (0-0, 3.00 ERA) is expected to get the nod for the Suns in the series finale Monday. The southpaw in his most recent outing on April 24 versus Chattanooga did not factor in the decision after allowing two earned runs on four hits, adding four strikeouts in five frames.
The BayBears are scheduled to start RHP Bradin Hagens (3-1, 2.66 ERA) against Jacksonville Monday. In his last start on April 24 against Mississippi, the right-hander earned the victory after yielding five hits in seven scoreless innings of work against the Braves.
Fans can listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, with the "Voice of the Suns" Roger Hoover entering his second season as Jacksonville's Director of Broadcasting. Hoover is assisted by Matt Leland and Andrew Green. Leland and Green will host the UF & Shands Suns Pregame Show beginning at 10:50 a.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Below are more notes on tonight's game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Roger Hoover. The entire game notes for tonight's contest can be viewed by clicking here.
First Place Suns: The Jacksonville Suns enter Monday's action with the Southern League South Division lead, ahead of the second-place Mississippi Braves by a full game in the standings. The Suns have had at least a share of first place in all but two days of the season, and the Suns have enjoyed sole possession of first place for the last five days.
Up Up and Away: The Jacksonville Suns pounded a season-high five homers in Sunday's 14-6 win over Mobile, and Jacksonville has hit 10 of their 20 homers this season in the past four games against Mobile. Leading the home run parade for Jacksonville was Marcell Ozuna with his fifth longball in the ast nine games as a Sun. Despite only being with the Suns for little over a week, he is now in a first place tie with Pensacola's Donald Lutz and Chattanooga's Joc Pederson for the league lead in homers, with those of those players beginning the season in Double-A. Kyle Jensen also hit his fourth homer of the year on Sunday, and has the fourth best home run to at-bat ratio in the Southern League of one homer every 9.75 at-bats. In all, the Suns have hit 13 home runs during this homestand with one game left to play.
Canha Can't Go Wrong: Things just seem to be clicking perfectly for Mark Canha this week. On Sunday he turned in a 3-for-3 performance where he fell a triple short of the cycle after homering, hitting a double and a single. Canha has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games to raise his average to .296, a far cry from his .042 average at the beginning of his hot streak. He is second in the league with nine doubles, third in the league with a .543 slugging percentage.
See You in May: The Suns will next face the BayBears from May 12-16 in Mobile for the second of a total of five series between the clubs this season. Mobile's next trip to Jacksonville will be in early June.
Generals Up Next: Jacksonville will take Tuesday off to travel north to Tennessee, facing the Jackson Generals from Wednesday through Saturday at The Ballpark in Jackson. This will be the only trip for the Suns to Jackson, Tenn., and the series will wrap up the season series for the clubs after Jacksonville took 3-of-5 from the Generals during the first week of the season in Jacksonville. The Generals are the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and the defending North Division Champions.
Today's broadcast will air on the Suns Baseball Network's flagship station 94.1 Classic Rock WSOS-FM, plus the Suns' mobile app. Click the link below to listen live online.