FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats return home for the first time in the second half for yet another series against the first-half South Division Champion Jacksonville Suns.

With the Southern League’s wildly unbalanced schedule these teams will play a whopping 31 times this season. Assuming they don’t somehow hook up in the playoffs.

The opener of the six-game series is going to be another hot one, with temperatures in the mid-90s at game time.

Jacksonville’s manager is Tim Leiper, a former Mudcats infielder and N.C. State assistant coach.

Lefty Travis Webb (2-5) will go for the Mudcats tonight against Tom Koehler (9-1), the winningest pitcher in the Southern League.

Koehler strikes again, getting 12 hits including one of his own as the Suns win 8-3.