Suns Fall Short to Biscuits 3-2

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Montgomery Biscuits (2-6) staved off a late rally by the Jacksonville Suns (5-2) to hold on to a 3-2 win Friday night from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:

Jared Mortensen (W, 1-0) picked up the win in his start for Montgomery going a strong six scoreless innings while walking one and striking out four. Suns starter Kendry Flores (L, 1-1) took the loss manufacturing five innings allowing three runs (all earned) on one walk and two strikeouts. Jhan Marinez (S, 1) gave up a run in the ninth but bounced Isaac Galloway into a game-ending double play to seal his first save.

The scoring began when Tyler Goeddel singled in the second frame scoring Patrick Leonard to hop Montgomery out in front 1-0. That was followed a few batters later by a Leonardo Reginatto’s RBI groundout to double up the Biscuits advantage 2-0.

Moving to the top of the fourth, Tyler Goedell (HR, 2) would blast a home run for the second straight night to give the Biscuits the 3-0 lead.

The Suns would bring one run home in the last of the seventh. A Sharif Othman RBI base knock scored Zack Cox who lead of the inning with a walk, cutting the Biscuits lead to 3-1 through seven innings of play.

In the ninth, a RBI single by Justin Bohn, brought home Carlos Lopez from second to cut the Suns to within a run. Isaac Galloway then stepped to the plate with runners at first and third, and one out, to then ground into a game-ending double play sealing the 3-2 Montgomery win.

Frankie Reed and Lay Batista combined tossed four scoreless frames in relief for the Suns while totaling four strikeouts between the two.

Join us as we unveil the Class of 2015 for the Legends of Jacksonville Baseball and the first 3,000 fans receive a special Legends of Jacksonville Baseball Card Set! Plus The Zooperstars make their 2015 season debut at Bragan Field and you won’t want to miss all of their zany antics, courtesy of The Blood Alliance & 96.1 FM! 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 plus a hot dog and soda voucher! It’s also the Saturday Night Shrimp Buffet courtesy of Sea Best!  Get unlimited Butterfly Breaded Shrimp and sides from 6-8 in the Sundowner Lounge!

The Suns and Biscuits will square off again from Bragan Field Saturday with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound and he’ll be opposed by Montgomery righty Reinaldo Lopez (0-0, 0.00 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3FM/600 AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are highlights from tonight’s contest:

Suns Welcome Shoemaker Back to Jacksonville

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns are proud to announce that John Shoemaker, the all-time winningest manager in Suns history, will return to Jacksonville on Saturday April 18 when the Suns unveil the 2015 class of the “Legends of Jacksonville Baseball.”

Shoemaker is one of three members of the 2015 class that includes pitcher Randy Johnson and outfielder Larry Walker.

Fans can watch the unveiling of the legends inside the home plate gate just down the third base line at approximately 6:20 p.m., and fans will have a chance to meet Shoemaker at that time. The first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive a “Legends of Jacksonville Baseball” card set.

Shoemaker was manager of the Suns in 2001 where he led to the Suns to a Southern League championship, before returning to manage at the Baseball Grounds from 2005-08, and the Suns again won a title under his leadership in 2005, a team that was named the Baseball America “Minor League Team of the Year.” He was twice named the Southern League manager of the Year in 2001 and 2006, and he led the Suns to winning seasons in four of his five seasons.

Being named a “Legend of Jacksonville Baseball” is only one of many recent honors for Randy Johnson, who was elected for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., in January, and in March was elected to the 2015 class of the Southern League Hall of Fame.

Johnson was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos from the University of Southern California in the second round of the 1985 draft. Two years later, Johnson made his Southern League debut pitching with the Jaxpos.

Johnson went 11-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 24 starts for the 1987 Jacksonville Expos. Johnson led the league in strikeouts, walks, hit batsmen and wild pitches! The rotation included Brian Holman, John Trautwein and Mark Gardner, all of whom were successful at the major league level.

Johnson never returned to Jacksonville after 1987, and did see his first major league time with the Expos in 1988. He would go on to pitch in 22 major league seasons, going 303-166 with a 3.29 ERA. His long major league tenure where he was a 10-time All-Star included pitching for the: Expos (1988-89), Seattle Mariners (1989-1998), Houston Astros (1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999-2004, 2007-08), New York Yankees (2005-06), and San Francisco Giants (2009).

He won the Cy Young Award five times (1995, 1999-2002), and was shared the World Series Most Valuable Player Award with rotation mate Curt Schilling as their pitching helped the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in the seven-game 2001 World Series. Johnson ended his career with 4,875 strikeouts which is second-most all-time behind Nolan Ryan, and his 303 wins are the fifth-most by a left-handed pitcher.

Johnson’s teammate on the 1987 Jacksonville Expos Larry Walker is the third member of the 2015 “Legends of Jacksonville Baseball” class. Walker in 1987 hit .287 with 26 homers and 83 RBI in 128 games and he was a Southern League Postseason All-Star that season.

Walker went on to play 17 years in the major leagues with the Montreal Expos (1989-94), Colorado Rockies (1995-2004), and St. Louis Cardinals (2004-05). He finished his career with a .313 batting average to go along with 383 home runs, 1311 RBI, and 230 stolen bases. Walker was a five-time National League All-Star, a seven-time Gold Glove award winner, a three-time Silver Slugger award winner, and a three-time National League batting champion in 1998, 1999, and 2001. He also led the National League in home runs with 49 home runs, and he was the National League Most Valuable Player that year with his .366 average, 139 RBI, and 33 stolen bases as he became the first Canadian player to win the award.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season / individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Suns Look for Series Victory Tonight Against Biscuits

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (5-1) racked up their fifth-straight victory last night with a dramatic 3-2 walk off victory over the Montgomery Biscuits (1-6).

Last night, with a nice crowd on hand for the first “Thursday Night Throwdown” of the year at Bragan Field, Sharif Othman provided a memorable moment when he lined a game-winning double down the right field line to propel Jacksonville to victory. Othman in his first year with double-A Jacksonville is hitting .400 while currently holding on to a four-game hitting streak.

The Suns did get a solid pitching performance  from their starter Chipper Smith. The lefty did not allow a run in 5.1 innings while walking four and striking out a season-high six batters. The bullpen did give up two runs (both earned) in the seventh and eighth innings respectively. Ultimately Greg Nappo tossed a scoreless ninth and stepped into his first win of the year. With the Suns taking the first two games of the five-game set from the Biscuits by an identical 3-2 score, Jacksonville tonight can look for its second straight series victory to start 2015.

The Biscuits have started the first two games of this series 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position including last night’s 0-for-9 en route to Montgomery’s sixth-straight loss.

Today’s pitching matchup will bring righty Kendry Flores (1-0, 1.80) to the mound for Jacksonville, and in his last start against Jackson he manufactured five innings of two-hit baseball allowing one earned run while walking two and striking out three. For Montgomery right-hander Jared Mortensen gets the start. In Mortensen’s opening start of 2015, he went six strong innings surrendering two runs (one earned) while striking out nine in a no decision.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 6: 50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Listen Live to Biscuits and Suns: Live – April 17,2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Montgomery Biscuits (1-6) @ Jacksonville Suns (5-1)

Starters: MTG: RHP Jared Mortenson (0-0,1.50) vs. JAX: RHP Kendry Flores (1-0, 1.80)

Who’s Hot: Jacksonville catcher Sharif Othman came into yesterday’s contest with Montgomery hitting .455, and since taking over the catcher’s role he has been a big spark for the Suns offense. Last night Othman provided the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the tenth. This comes a night after he pushed his team in front with a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth to give the Suns a lead they would not give up.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-After last night, the Suns have a few players that are atop the Southern League leaders in certain statistical categories. Matt Juengel is first in total bases (17), tied for second in hits (10), Trevor Williams is tied for second in innings pitched (14), and in sole possession of third in total strikeouts (14) while Sean Donatello’s two saves are tied for first around the S.L.

Bantz Returns to Jacksonville

Brandon Bantz returns to the Suns. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Montgomery Biscuits at Bragan Field at 7:05 p.m.

Catcher Brandon Bantz has been transferred from Triple-A New Orleans to Jacksonville. Bantz began the season with the Suns where he was 0-for-7 at the plate in a pair of starts. After being called up to the Zephyrs Monday, Bantz did not see any playing time with New Orleans.

In a corresponding move, catcher Chadd Krist has been transferred from the Suns to High-A Jupiter. Called up on Monday to replace Bantz, Krist did not see any playing time with Jacksonville.

The Suns roster now stands at 24 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Biscuits will square off for the third game of the series from Bragan Field Friday with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Kendry Flores (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to the mound and he’ll be opposed by Montgomery righty Jared Mortensen (0-0, 1.50 ERA).

Friday is Suns Beach Sunglasses Giveaway, Scout Night #1 and Friday Family Fireworks! The first 3,000 fans will receive a pair of Suns Sunglasses, courtesy of Memorial Hospital & 1010XL! It’s Scout Night #1 and all scouts are invited to camp out on the field after the game and watch a Midnight Movie! Plus stick around after the game as we light up the skies with the best fireworks show in town with the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks courtesy of your local NAPA Auto Care Center Dealers!

Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3FM/600 AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Suns Walk-Off in 3-2 Win

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (5-1) used late-game magic from Sharif Othman to defeat the Montgomery Biscuits (1-6) 3-2 in 10 innings Thursday night from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:

Greg Nappo (W, 1-0) earned the victory out of the bullpen tossing a perfect 10th inning for Jacksonville out of the bullpen. Matt Lollis (L, 0-1) took the loss after surrendering the game-winning hit off the bat of Shariff Othman in the bottom of the tenth.

The scoring began in the bottom of the sixth when Matt Juengel blasted a RBI double off the left field wall scoring Zack Cox to jump the Suns in front 1-0 through six innings of play.

In the top of the seventh, a leadoff opposite field home run off the bat of Tyler Goeddel (HR, 1), against Suns reliever Matt Tomshaw, quickly knotted the score at one apiece.

Moving to the eighth frame a lead off double by Daniel Robertson, followed by a groundout moving him to third, would set the table for Patrick Leonard’s RBI groundball that pushed the Biscuits in front for the first time by a 2-1 tally.

In the last of the eighth, against Biscuits reliever Mark Sappington, a leadoff walk from Austin Nola and a Juengel single, set up a fielding error charged to Biscuits third baseman Richie Shaffer that would bring home the tying run in the form of Austin Nola who reached via a leadoff walk to make the count even at two.

The Suns would have the bases loaded, and two outs in the ninth when Biscuits reliever Mark Sappington retired Viosergy Rosa on a fly out to center to end the threat.

Moving to extras, Shariff Othman at the plate, and two runners on, Othman would provide a spark ripping a walk-off double scoring Lopez to give the Suns a 3-2 win.

Suns starter Chipper Smith lasted 5.1 innings allowing only one hit four walks while striking out six in his no decision. Montgomery starter Austin Pruitt, was not the pitcher of record, but was impressive after hurling seven innings allowing one earned run on six hits while walking two and striking out seven.

The Suns and Biscuits will square off for the third game of the series from Bragan Field Friday with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Kendry Flores (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to the mound and he’ll be opposed by Montgomery righty Jared Mortensen (0-0, 1.50 ERA).

Friday is Suns Beach Sunglasses Giveaway, Scout Night #1 and Friday Family Fireworks! The first 3,000 fans will receive a pair of Suns Sunglasses, courtesy of Memorial Hospital & 1010XL! It’s Scout Night #1 and all scouts are invited to camp out on the field after the game and watch a Midnight Movie! Plus stick around after the game as we light up the skies with the best fireworks show in town with the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks courtesy of your local NAPA Auto Care Center Dealers!

Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3FM/600 AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are highlights from tonight’s contest:

Batista Activated off Disabled List

Lay Batista has been activated off the disabled list. Photo Courtesy: Miami Marlins

Lay Batista has been activated off the disabled list. Photo Courtesy: Miami Marlins

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Montgomery Biscuits at Bragan Field at 7:05 p.m.

Right-handed relief pitcher Lay Batista has been reinstated from the disabled list and added to Jacksonville’s active roster. Batista began the season on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain.

Batista is in his first season in the Marlins organization after signing as a minor league free agent last December. He spent last season pitching in the Atlanta Braves organization, pitching in three games for Double-A Mississippi in the Southern League where he was 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA in three appearances and one start. He also made eight starts with High-A Lynchburg where he was 2-2 with a 6.61 ERA.

The Suns roster now stands at 24 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Biscuits will square off for the second game of the series from Bragan Field Thursday with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (1-0,0.00 ERA) to the mound and he’ll be opposed by Montgomery righty Austin Pruitt (0-1, 0.00 ERA).

Be sure to join us on Thursday for the first Thursday Night Throwdown of 2015 and College Night!  Enjoy Buds for a Buck and 2 for 1 Cocktails at the hottest spot in Jacksonville!  Plus it’s College Night and all college students get in for $5 Dollars with ID! Sponsored by Budweiser, Jameson, Jim Beam, Jagermeister, Malibu Rum, Maverick’s & 95.1 WAPE!

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3FM/600 AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Suns and Biscuits Square Off Tonight

 

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Suns Third-Baseman Zack Cox/Courtesy of Roger C. Hoover

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (4-1) are set to take on the Montgomery Biscuits (1-5) for the second game of a five-game set tonight from Bragan Field with a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch.

Last night the Suns took the opener by a 3-2 score thanks in part to Sharif Othman’s RBI double in the eighth that put Jacksonville up for good. The offense was also highlighted by a pair of solo home runs from Zack Cox Kenny Wilson.Trevor Williams provided a strong six innings in his second start of the year which ended in a no decision. The right-hander allowed one earned run on four hits while walking one and striking out five. Jacksonville’s bullpen sealed the back end of this game thanks to Blake Logan and Sean Donatello. Logan in his first victory of the year, gave up one unearned run on three hits while fanning three batters. Donatello, assuming the closer’s role since the promotion of right-hander Nick Wittgren, nailed down his second save of the year in a perfect ninth inning striking out two in the frame.

The Biscuits finished the contest going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position leaving a total of six men on- base. Top Rays’ catching prospect Justin O’Conner, provided a spark with a two-out solo shot in the fourth while an error on a Patrick Leonard ground ball  in the eighth scored the only two runs Montgomery would bring across.

Today’s pitching matchup will bring Jacksonville southpaw Chipper Smith to the mound for his second start in 2015. Smith in his last outing against Jackson lasted five innings surrendering three hits and one unearned run. He slides into the number two slot into the rotation after the promotion of righty Jake Esch to triple-A New Orleans. Austin Pruitt will get the start for Montgomery after making his double-A debut his last time out against the Chattanooga Lookouts. He took the loss relinquishing three hits and two unearned runs over  4 and 2/3 innings while striking out eight batters.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 6: 50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Listen Live to Biscuits and Suns: Live – April 16,2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Montgomery Biscuits (1-5) @ Jacksonville Suns (4-1)

Starters: MTG: RHP Austin Pruitt (0-1,0.00) vs. JAX: LHP Chipper Smith  (1-0, 0.00)

Who’s Hot: Jacksonville catcher Sharif Othman came into yesterday’s contest with Montgomery hitting .375, and continued his torrid pace with a 2-for-3 night at the plate, in a 3-2 Suns victory. The catcher provided the spark Jacksonville needed with a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth, to move his squad up for good in its’ fourth victory of the year. Othman is currently hitting .455 (5-for-11) alongside three RBI in his four games of action.  He comes into today’s game with a three-game hit streak.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-The bullpen this year is 4-0 when given the lead. Sean Donatello leads the team with three appearances while collecting two saves in two chances. 

-Last night’s starter Trevor Williams has held opponents to a .122 AVG. over his first two starts which is good for fifth in the Southern League while his six baserunners allowed per nine innings rate of six is good for fourth best.