Suns and Barons Set for Matchup at Regions Field

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (18-27) and Birmingham Barons (21-25) will shift their series to Regions Field for game two of their five-game set tonight with a first pitch slated for 8:05 p.m. ET.

The Suns earned their second victory in three trips to the Rickwood Classic, and America’s oldest ballpark Rickwood Field, yesterday by an 8-2 score.

Suns starter Kendry Flores (W, 3-3) earned the victory tossing six innings allowing two runs (all earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out three. Myles Jaye (L, 2-3) generated four and two-thirds frames surrendering five runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter in his start for the Barons.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second, after a two-out single by David Adams set the table for Terrance Dayleg’s RBI double leaping the Suns out to a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third the Barons tied the score at one. Adrian Nieto blasted a lead off double, and subsequently moved to third after a wild pitch from Flores. Next batter Jeremy Farrell, cashed in with a RBI sacrifice fly to knot the score through three innings at Rickwood Field. In the first of the fifth inning the Suns created separation on the scoreboard. First Danny Black, in his first game back in Jacksonville in 2015, lined a RBI single to put the Suns in front 2-1. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Kenny Wilson reached courtesy of a fielding error by Barons third baseman Jeremy Farrell, that scored Black and Sharif Othman to make the tally 4-1. Now two runners on for Austin Nola, he would provide a productive groundout to shortstop that brought home Othman and completed the five-run rally, setting the score at 5-1.

To the bottom of fifth and Birmingham tacked on a run after Nieto’s (HR, 3) solo blast crept the Barons to within three runs, now trailing 5-2. In the eighth, against Barons reliever Kyle Hansen, Matt Juengel (HR, 5) delivered a solo home run over the left field wall to swell the Suns edge to 6-2. Flashing to the first of the eighth frame Danny Black added a pair of runs on one swing courtesy of his two-run single that put Jacksonville in front 8-2. Out of the Suns bullpen Brian Ellington worked a pair of scoreless frames while relinquishing two hits. Juancito Martinez hurled a scoreless ninth in his double-A debut.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Jake Esch taking the ball against Birmingham righty Mark Blackmar. Esch enters tonight’s start 3-3 with a 2.83 ERA. The Georgia Tech product in his last start against Mississippi, took the loss in six innings of work only allowing three runs (all earned) on two hits while walking two and striking out seven. The former 11th round draft pick of the Marlins in 2011 enters with the fifth-best WHIP (1.06) in the Southern League. In the month of May, he has worked to a 1-3 record attached alongside a 4.03 earned-run mark. Esch spent a pair of starts with triple-A New Orleans in which he went 0-1 while sporting a 5.23 ERA over a span of 10 and one-third innings for the Zephyrs.

Blackmar steps to the hill for Birmingham not having picked up a victory in 2015, posting a 0-3 record saddled with a 4.30 ERA. He took a losing decision in his last start on 5/22 against Biloxi, in which he would manufacture seven frames relinquishing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out three. Blackmar did make one start against the Suns on April 26th,and would toss a stellar seven frames while being tagged for one earned run on two hits. He’s a former 16th round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, and entered the White Sox organization along with right-hander Miguel Chalas, in a deal that sent major-league outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore in 2014. A year ago the Texas native put together a 10-1 campaign with the Fredrick Keys (A+) of the Carolina League.

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 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- May 28, 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: Jacksonville Suns (18-27) @ Birmingham Barons (21-25)

Starters: JAX: RHP Jake Esch (3-3, 2.83 ERA) vs. BIR: RHP Mark Blackmar (0-3, 4.03 ERA)

Who’s Hot: David Adams went 5-for-5 with four singles and a double in yesterday’s 8-2 win, and it marked the first time a Sun has gone for five hits in a single contest this year. The last Sun to produce five hits in one game, came from former Jacksonville standout, and now current Los Angeles Dodger, Austin Barnes, who manufactured a 5-for-6 night at the plate on August 10th, 2013 against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

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

-Starter Kendry Flores is second in WHIP (0.85), second in batting average against (.172), second in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.94), and fourth in ERA (2.06) in the Southern League. Jake Esch sits fifth in WHIP (1.06). Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (12) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .103 average. Zack Cox rests tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.409).

Suns Earn 8-2 Win at Rickwood Classic

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (18-27) topped the Birmingham Barons (21-25) 8-2 en route to their third-straight victory in the 20th annual Rickwood Classic Wednesday afternoon from Rickwood Field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg Postgame:

Suns starter Kendry Flores (W, 3-3) earned the victory tossing six innings allowing two runs (all earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out three. Myles Jaye (L, 2-3) generated four and two-thirds frames surrendering five runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter in his start for the Barons.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second, after a two-out single by David Adams set the table for Terrance Dayleg’s RBI double leaping the Suns out to a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third the Barons tied the score at one. Adrian Nieto blasted a lead off double, and subsequently moved to third after a wild pitch from Flores. Next batter Jeremy Farrell, cashed in with a RBI sacrifice fly to knot the score through three innings at Rickwood Field.

In the first of the fifth inning the Suns created separation on the scoreboard. First Danny Black, in his first game back in Jacksonville in 2015, lined a RBI single to put the Suns in front 2-1. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Kenny Wilson reached courtesy of a fielding error by Barons third baseman Jeremy Farrell, that scored Black and Sharif Othman to make the tally 4-1. Now two runners on for Austin Nola, he would provide a productive groundout to shortstop that brought home Othman and completed the five-run rally, setting the score at 5-1.

To the bottom of fifth and Birmingham tacked on a run after Nieto’s (HR, 3) solo blast crept the Barons to within three runs, now trailing 5-2.

In the eighth, against Barons reliever Kyle Hansen, Matt Juengel (HR, 5) delivered a solo home run over the left field wall to swell the Suns edge to 6-2.

Flashing to the first of the eighth frame Danny Black added a pair of runs on one swing courtesy of his two-run single that put Jacksonville in front 8-2.

Out of the Suns bullpen Brian Ellington worked a pair of scoreless frames while relinquishing two hits. Juancito Martinez hurled a scoreless ninth in his double-A debut.

The Suns and Barons will shift their series to Regions Field for game two with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Jake Esch (3-3, 2.83 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Mark Blackmar (0-3, 4.30 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM & 600 AM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:50 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 Take Part in 20th Annual Rickwood Classic

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (17-27) will take part in the 20th annual Rickwood Classic this afternoon when they take on the Birmingham Barons (21-24) at America’s  oldest professional ballpark Rickwood Field with a first pitch slated for 1:30 p.m. ET.

This annual tradition in Birmingham, Ala. has been regarded as “MiLB’s most anticipated game” according to MiLB.com in 2009, and has garnered the attention of ESPN having been labeled as “One of the 101 Things All Sports Fans Must Experience Before They Die” in a column written by Jim Caple, while in 2010 it was voted as “Promotion of the Year” by MiLB.com at the conclusion of the season. The Suns have participated in this event twice, first in 2007 losing 3-2, then once again in 2008 in which they picked up a 4-2 victory. Jacksonville will wear their all-yellow uniforms they had debuted a year ago for Sunday “throwback games.”

Today’s pitching matchup will feature Kendry Flores taking the ball for Jacksonville to be opposed by Barons righty Myles Jaye. Flores in the month of May has been one of the best pitchers in the S.L., and he currently controls the 3rd best ERA (1.95) in the league. In May, the right-hander has put together a 1-0 mark attached with a 0.64 ERA in 28 innings of work offering up six walks compared to 22 strikeouts over four starts. He’s the only Sun that is currently on the Miami Marlins 40-man roster.

Jaye enters play with a 2-2 mark and a 4.50 ERA for Birmingham. In his last start against Chattanooga on 5/13, he took a losing decision after tossing six innings allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits. This is his second go-around with the Barons after making 24 starts a year ago working to a 5.32 earned run mark.

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 1:15 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- May 27, 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: Jacksonville Suns (17-27) @ Birmingham Barons (21-24)

Starters: JAX: RHP Kendry Flores  (2-3, 1.95 ERA) vs. BIR: RHP Myles Jaye (2-2, 4.05 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Matt Juengel in the series finale with Mississippi on Monday finished 3-for-4 with a trio of RBI singles. That marked Juengel’s first three-hit performance and his fifth multi-hit game this season. The Suns bullpen in the final three games of the Mississippi series had churned out a stretch of 8 and 2/3 innings in scoreless fashion. Zack Cox saw one plate appearance on Sunday and belted a double, and in his last 10 games he has posted a .375 average. Carlos Lopez has tallied at least one hit in 17 of his last 20 games with a plate appearance.

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

-Starter Kendry Flores is first in WHIP (0.83), second in batting average against (.169), second in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.82), and third in ERA (1.95) in the Southern League. Jake Esch sits fifth in WHIP (1.06). Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (12) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .103 average. Zack Cox rests fourth in on-base percentage (.409).

 

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By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

First Glances…
→This most recent seven day period served as “separation week” around the Southern League. In the North, Birmingham, Montgomery and Jackson have all fallen seven or more games behind. Pensacola and Jacksonville are in the same situation down South.
→No club possesses a current streak of more than two. This relates to both wins and losses. Surprisingly it follows a streaky run which saw Mississippi stay close by winning seven of eight and Jacksonville fall away with a season high seven game losing skid.
→Following last week’s results, exactly half the clubs in the Southern League are .500 or above on the season. The Lookouts, Smokies, Shuckers and Braves have winning records, while the BayBears are an even 22-22.
→Both division leaders (Chattanooga & Biloxi) have played exactly 44 games entering Monday, leaving opponents twenty-six contests in which to chase them down during the first half pennant races.

Southern League Spotlight…
This week’s spotlight rests on Cubs pitching prospect Frank Batista. Tennessee’s talented lefty remains unbeaten at 5-0 on the season and this week lowered his Southern League leading E.R.A. to a minuscule 1.11.

Batista struck out eleven hitters in his past two start, holding Smokies opponents scoreless in both games. In the 13 1/3 innings pitched during the two contests, he has scattered five hits and walked only four, picking up wins both times out.

Five total wins also have elevated the Dominican product to the top in that category, the twenty-six year old is tied with three other pitchers for the League lead in wins.

Prospect Watch…
-Rankings listed use the format Baseball America/MLB.com-

Mississippi– By upping his batting average to .348, Mallex Smith (MLB.com #15) has taken over as the Southern League’s batting leader. Smith used a 9-for-15 clip during the Braves past five games in which he drove in three runs and scored four times to climb to the top of the category.

Birmingham– Speedster Jacob May (#10/#15) now leads the league in both hits and stolen bases (23) His 55 total base knocks has him tied with teammate Tim Anderson (#2/2) atop the category. Anderson is second in swiped bags as well, with 16 total. May has been caught just nine times.
Tyler Barnette is 2-0 in has last two starts, scattering four hits and no earned runs across twelve solid innings of work to grab some well-deserved attention in the White Sox farm system. Barnette will be simply looking to increase his strike out numbers and limit walks moving forward.

Jacksonville– Marlins prospect Sean Donatello added to his Southern League leading saves total (11) by nothing saves in both of Jacksonville’s wins across the Suns past ten games.

ChattanoogaByron Buxton (#1/#1) added his second career grand slam to an already phenomenal start to the 2015 season.
Twins outfield prospect Adam Brett Walker (#17/#13) continues to snag headlines alongside Buxton in Chattanooga. Walker tacked onto his league lead with two more home runs (11 total) this past week. The duo posted ten RBI’s apiece during the Lookouts past ten contests. Walker also continues to lead Buxton and pace the league by 3 RBI’s on the year, with 36 total.

Mobile– Arizona hot-corner prospect Brandon Drury (#7/#6) has logged eight hits and nine runs driven in during the past five games for the BayBears.

Pensacola– Shortstop Zach Vincej has homered on two occasions during the past five Blue Wahoos contest. They long balls have come as part of an 8-for-18 stretch.
On the mound, Timothy Adleman fired seven shutout innings for his second win of the season, further signs that Cincinnati’s Double-A pitching staff may be poised to turn things around by the bay.

Tennessee– Despite a tough week for Tennessee, which saw the team’s batting average fall from tops in the league to seventh overall out of the ten SL clubs, pitching remained strong. The aforementioned Frank Batista led the way, while Carl Edwards Jr (#5/#3) has also picked up the pace. The right-hander has notched three saves and double-digits in strikeouts accross the past ten games.

Montgomery– Pitcher Blake Snell (#9/#10) finally surrendered a run this past week. When that is news, you’ve been doing something right. The highly regarded Rays prospect still delivered six strong innings and struck out twelve during his latest start. He allowed just one run on three hits total.
Johnny Field (#27/#28) was this week’s offensive leader for the Biscuits, homering with five RBI’s and three runs scored during a five game stretch at the plate.

JacksonDario Pizzano saw a twenty-five game hitting streak snapped this past week on May 17th. His streak was the longest in both the minors and the majors in the 2015 season.
Jabari Blash also remained hot. The reigning player of the week homered twice across he Generals past five games. Blash drove in four runs and scored just as many times in those games.

Picture Perfect…
-Weekly honors handed down by the league office each Monday at Noon-
▪ Player of the Week: Max Kepler (Twins #12/#15), 1B/OF, Chattanooga
▪ Pitcher of the Week: Blake Snell (Rays #9/#10), LHP, Montgomery

Series To Focus On…

Mobile BayBears @ Tennessee Smokies
Thursday, May 27 – Sunday, May 31

The five game set matches two clubs trying to hang in their respective divisions’ first half pennant races. The series begins with four consecutive critical night games in Kodak.

Mobile needs a series victory to escape town above .500 on the year, as they are starting to slip behind both Biloxi and Mississippi down South. Tennessee needs the same result to remain within striking distance of the North leading Chattanooga Lookouts.

By the time Sunday afternoon’s finale arrives, visions of a first half run could be shattered for one of these two clubs.

Also In View…

2015 Rickwood Classic

Wednesday May 27

Jacksonville @ Birmingham

A Look At The Standings…

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Suns Top Braves 5-3

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (17-27) topped the Mississippi Braves (24-20) in the series finale 5-3 Monday afternoon from Bragan Field.

Blake Logan (W, 2-0) in his first appearance out of the bullpen since coming off the disabled list worked in the seventh not allowing a hit or a run while walking a batter and striking out two in a winning decision. Braves reliever Ryan Weber (L, 0-2) hurled a pair of innings in relief for Mississippi surrendering one run (earned) on two hits while striking out a batter in the loss. Sean Donatello (S, 12) earned his second save in as many days working a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and leads the Southern League in saves.

The Suns would get on the board first in the bottom of the opening frame after Matt Juengel lined a RBI single into center with runners on the corners to leap his squad out 1-0.

It was a busy fifth frame, starting with the Braves tying the score after a bunt was laid down by Victor Mateo that forced a Chipper Smith throwing error towards first, scoring Emerson Landoni, who led off the frame with a single. Next batter Mallex Smith pushed a bunt down the first base line to reach on an RBI infield base hit that scored Eric Garcia from third to give the Braves a 2-1 edge. Mississippi doubled up their advantage after Seth Loman lined a run-scoring base hit that brought home Smith to make the tally 3-1.

In the bottom of the frame the Suns knotted up the score. A pair of base hits by Carlos Lopez and Austin Nola set the table for Viosergy Rosa’s RBI single through the left side to creep his team to within a run. To complete the trend of four-straight singles in a row, Juengel ripped a base hit to send home Nola and tie the score at three.

Jacksonville broke the tie in the seventh. A one-out double for Nola set up Juengel for a RBI single, and his third run driven in of the contest giving the Suns a 4-3 lead.

With the bases full in the eighth, against Braves reliever Francisco Rondon, he would fire a wild pitch to home plate that allowed Zack Cox to come across and collect an insurance run. Jacksonville would hold onto a 5-3 edge through eight innings.

Suns starter Chipper Smith lasted five frames allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out a batter.

The Suns bullpen was active today, Casey McCarthy came in the ballgame in the sixth and tossed a scoreless frame. Matt Tomshaw hurled a scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen while not walking a batter and striking out one for the Suns.

The Suns will start a five-game series with the Birmingham Barons on Wednesday afternoon in the 20th annual “Rickwood Classic” from Rickwood Field. The Suns will send out righty Kendry Flores (2-3, 1.95 ERA) while the Barons have yet to announce their starter.

Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 1:15 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 and Braves Square Off in Finale

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (16-27) fresh off a shutout victory of the Mississippi Braves (24-19) will get set for the series finale this afternoon with a first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. ET
from Bragan Field.

The Suns snapped their season worst seven-game losing streak in last night’s 2-0 win. Jacksonville had matched their longest losing stretch set in August of 2012 since affiliation with the Miami Marlins, and avoided setting the record for consecutive losses in a season since 2009.

Suns starter Trevor Williams (W, 1-6) earned his first double-A victory lasting 6 and 1/3 scoreless frames allowing five hits while walking three and striking out three. Greg Ross (L, 2-4) took the loss working six innings surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking a batter and fanning two. Sean Donatello (S, 11) collected his Southern League leading 11th save of the year in a scoreless ninth for Jacksonville.

The scoring began in first when Kenny Wilson led off with a single to then move to second on a groundout, and rest in scoring position for Austin Nola’s RBI single that gave Jacksonville the 1-0 lead. On the same play, Nola took a wide turn around first which elicited a throw from Braves catcher Chris O’Dowd that was wide and rolled down the first base line moving Nola to third. Next batter Ryan Rieger cashed in with a RBI groundout to double up the Suns advantage and give them a 2-0 edge. The Suns bullpen did fine work starting with Craig Stem, who entered in the seventh with two runners on, and retired both men to keep Williams in line for the win. Lay Batista hurled a scoreless eighth frame while walking a batter.

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 a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 12:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

Listen Live to Braves and Suns: Live- May 25, 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: Jacksonville Suns (16-27) @ Mississippi Braves (24-19)

Starters: JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.60 ERA) vs. MIS: RHP Victor Mateo (1-2, 2.83 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Last night was a good night for the Suns pitching staff not only seeing Trevor Williams get his first double-A victory, but also Sean Donatello notched his 11th save. The Jacksonville bullpen worked a scoreless 1 and 2/3 frames between Craig Stem, Lay Batista, and Sean Donatello. Terrance Dayleg not only provided the game-ending diving catch in right field, and a plethora of fine defensive plays, but has contributed offensively for the Suns batting .400 in his last 10 games.

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

-Starter Kendry Flores is first in WHIP (0.83), second in batting average against (.169), second in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.82), and third in ERA (1.95) in the Southern League. Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (11) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .103 average.

 

Suns Blank Braves 2-0

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (16-27) ended a season-worst seven-game losing streak tonight with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Mississippi Braves (24-19) Sunday night from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:

Suns starter Trevor Williams (W, 1-6) earned his first double-A victory lasting 6 and 1/3 scoreless frames allowing five hits while walking three and striking out three. Greg Ross (L, 2-4) took the loss working six innings surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking a batter and fanning two. Sean Donatello (S, 11) collected his Southern League leading 11th save of the year in a scoreless ninth for Jacksonville.

The scoring began in first when Kenny Wilson led off with a single to then move to second on a groundout, and rest in scoring position for Austin Nola’s RBI single that gave Jacksonville the 1-0 lead. On the same play, Nola took a wide turn around first which elicited a throw from Braves catcher Chris O’Dowd that was wide and rolled down the first base line moving Nola to third. Next batter Ryan Rieger cashed in with a RBI groundout to double up the Suns advantage and give them a 2-0 edge.

The Suns bullpen did fine work starting with Craig Stem, who entered in the seventh with two runners on, and retired both men to keep Williams in line for the win. Lay Batista hurled a scoreless eighth frame while walking a batter.

With the win Jacksonville ended a seven-game losing streak which matched the worst stretch for a Suns club under Marlins affiliation dating back to August of 2012.

The Suns and Braves will complete their series Monday afternoon with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field. The Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.60 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Victor Mateo (1-2, 3.10 ERA).

The homestand comes to a close on Memorial Day with Military Appreciation Day, Team Ghost Riders and Kids Run the Bases! Join the Suns early to help us honor all veterans of military service in a special ceremony and pregame video tribute! All Members of the military and their families get free admission into the game by showing their Military ID at the Suns Box Office, courtesy of Navy Federal Credit Union & WOKV! Plus it’s a special holiday edition of Kids Run the Bases following the game, presented by VyStar Credit Union!

Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 12:50 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: