Tayron Guerrero Joins Suns

Breaking News, Roster Moves

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 Jackson Generals at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

Outfielder Moises Sierra has been placed on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis. Sierra leads the Southern League with a .336 batting average, and he also has hit nine home runs and driven in 37 runs for the Suns this year. This is the second stint for Sierra on Jacksonville’s disabled list in the second half, he was on the disabled list from June 25 to July 7 with a right hamstring strain.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero has been acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the San Diego Padres, and optioned to Jacksonville. Guerrero was acquired by the Marlins from San Diego along with right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner, right-handed pitcher Colin Rea, and cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitcher Carter Capps, right-handed pitcher (former Sun) Jarred Cosart, and first baseman Josh Naylor in a trade that was completed earlier today.

Guerrero has pitched at three different levels of the Padres organization this year. With Triple-A El Paso he had no wins or losses and a 6.00 ERA in 13 relief appearances. He also pitched in the major leagues with the Padres, making his major league debut on May 17 against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Guerrero pitched two innings (eighth and ninth) where he allowed a run on a hit with a walk in a game the Giants won 5-1. He most recently pitched with Double-A San Antonio in the Texas League. With the Missions he was 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA in 19 games in relief. Guerrero is a member of the Marlins 40-man roster.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns continue their series with Jackson at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when Suns right-hander Jake Esch (10-7) is scheduled to face Generals left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (9-4). Fans are encouraged to show their Gators and Bulldogs pride on Florida-Georgia Night, when Red (or Blue) Shirt Friday means fans who wear red or blue in support military personnel may save $1 off a ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The in-game soundtrack will feature Florida Georgia Line music, the Suns will wear red jerseys, and following the game are NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center. The game is also presented by Lite 96.1 WEJZ.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Yefri Perez Returns to Suns

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Yefri Perez scoring for the Marlins Sunday in St. Louis.

Yefri Perez scoring for the Marlins Sunday in St. Louis.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

MOBILE, Ala. – The Miami Marlins announced a series of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Mobile BayBears Hank Aaron Stadium at 7:35 p.m. ET.

Yesterday left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Reyes did not appear in a game for the Suns during his time on the Jacksonville roster. Reyes pitched in 25 games for the Zephyrs, going 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA with three saves in his 40 innings of work. Reyes also pitched in one game for the major league Marlins on June 29, allowing two runs on three hits during two innings of work against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Chris Mazza has been returned to Jacksonville from his minor league rehab assignment and has been reinstated from the Suns disabled list. Mazza went on the disabled list on June 16 with right shoulder tendinitis. With the GCL Marlins he went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four appearances and three starts. Earlier this season with the Suns he went 3-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 10 appearances and seven starts.

Additionally, outfielder Yefri Perez has been optioned from the major league Miami Marlins to Jacksonville. Perez did not get an at-bat with the Marlins in two games this weekend in St. Louis and one game in Philadelphia on Monday. Perez appeared as a pinch-runner Sunday against the Cardinals where he stole a base and also scored a run on a sacrifice fly. This season with the Suns, Perez, a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, has hit .262 with a home run and 28 RBI, and leads the Southern League with 39 stolen bases.

In a corresponding move, catcher Sharif Othman has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 18, with a left wrist contusion. Othman has played in 19 games for the Suns this year, hitting .161 with two RBI.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and BayBears will start their series Wednesday with the first game of the five-game set at Hank Aaron Stadium at 7:35 p.m. ET. The Suns will start right-hander Hunter Adkins (1-5, 6.52) against Biloxi left-hander Cole Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, beginning at 7:20 p.m. ET with the pregame show “Suns On Deck” on FM 102.3 The Beach, the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxsuns.com.

The Suns open a 10-game homestand Tuesday, July 26, against Jackson. Community First Credit Union Two-for-Tuesday means 2-for-1 tickets for members using a CFCU credit or debit card. Fans can purchase $2 24-oz. Miller Lite and Coors Lite adjacent to the new Tiki Terrace and behind Section 115 on Miller Lite & Coors Lite 2sDay. Ketchup and Mustard will campaign in the GATE Condiment Election.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Yefri Perez Called Up to Miami Marlins

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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 Pensacola Blue Wahoos at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

Suns utility player Yefri Perez has been recalled from Jacksonville to the major league Miami Marlins. Perez, a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .262 with a home run and 28 RBI in 82 games played for the Suns this season. Perez leads the Southern League and is tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball with 39 stolen bases.

This is the second call-up for Perez to the majors this year, with the first being on July 3 when the joined the Marlins as the 26th man on the roster for the Fort Bragg Game, but he did not appear in the game.

In a corresponding move, infielder Garrett Weber has been transferred from Triple-A New Orleans to Jacksonville. Weber played in two games for the Zephyrs, going 3-for-6 with a triple. Weber has also played for the Suns this year, and in 20 games is hitting .200 with no home runs and four RBI.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns continue their series with Pensacola at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when right-hander Patrick Johnson (4-5) is scheduled to face Blue Wahoos right-hander Rookie Davis (6-3). NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center follow the game. The Suns will wear red jerseys to support the military on Red Shirt Friday. Fans who wear red can save $1 off a ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The game is also presented by Gator Country 99.9 WGNE.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Perez Joins Marlins for Fort Bragg Game

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Yefri Perez with the Suns in 2016. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

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 Tennessee Smokies at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 6:05 p.m.

Suns outfielder Yefri Perez has been selected from the Suns by the Miami Marlins and added to their 40-man roster, as well as added as the 26th man for tonight’s game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves at Fort Bragg at 8 p.m.

Perez, a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .257 with a home run and 27 RBI in 73 games played for the Suns. He also leads the Southern League and is second in all of Minor League Baseball with 37 stolen bases this year.

Sunday marks the first regular-season professional contest of any sport that will be played on an active military base. The location is Fort Bragg, the United States Army installation in North Carolina, and the new 12,500-seat ballpark, Fort Bragg Field, that will host the game.

The Fort Bragg Game was created in a joint effort by MLB and the MLB Players Association to honor our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen. The first game of its kind is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN Radio and MLB.TV. Tickets are limited to military personnel.

Perez is the second Sun in 2016 to earn a call-up the major leagues, although left-handed pitcher Jarlin Garcia did not pitch in a game for the Marlins in mid-May.

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

The Suns conclude their series with Tennessee at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, when right-hander Jake Esch (7-6) is scheduled to face Smokies right-hander Tyler Skulina (3-6). Gates open at 5 p.m. for Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday, when kids and their families can play catch on the field before the game and hear a story read by a Suns player. Sunday’s game is also presented by Channel 4 The Local Station. Following the game, the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships presents the Independence Day Eve Fireworks show – the biggest fireworks show of the season!

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Flores to Jacksonville

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

PEARL, Miss. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Mississippi Braves at the Trustmark Park at 6 p.m. ET.

Right-handed pitcher Kendry Flores has joined the Suns on a transfer of option from High-A Jupiter. Flores will start for the Suns tonight against the Braves in Mississippi.

Flores started 2016 in the Triple-A New Orleans rotation. With the Zephyrs he went 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA in six starts before he was promoted to the Marlins for their doubleheader with the Washington Nationals on Saturday May 14. Flores started Game Two where he worked three scoreless innings before he had to leave the game with a right shoulder strain, then was placed on the disabled list. Flores turned in five scoreless innings in his first start with High-A Jupiter at Bradenton on Monday June 20.

In 2015 Flores made nine starts for the Suns, going 3-3 with a 2.06 ERA in 56 and two-thirds innings of work. He was first promoted to the Marlins on May 27, and in his time with the Marlins in 2015 he was 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA in seven appearances and one start. Flores, 24, was acquired by the Marlins from San Francisco along with right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo in exchange for infielder Casey McGehee on December 20, 2014.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Braves will continue the series with the fourth game of the five-game set tonight at Trustmark Park at 6 p.m ET. Flores starts for the Suns, while Mississippi will start right-hander Lucas Sims (0-2, 1.84 ERA).  Fans can listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, beginning at 5:45 p.m. with the pregame show “Suns On Deck” on FM 102.3 The Beach, the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxsuns.com.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Garcia Returns to Jacksonville

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a series of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s games against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, with the doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m.

Left-handed starting pitcher Jarlin Garcia has been optioned from the major league Miami Marlins to Jacksonville. Garcia spent the last week in the Marlins bullpen after getting called up on Sunday, but he did not pitch in a game for Miami.

Earlier this season, Garcia went 1-2 with a 4.04 ERA in seven starts with Jacksonville, and collected 25 strikeouts in his 35 and two-thirds innings of work. He earned his first win of the season in his last start, tossing five and two-thirds scoreless innings against the Shuckers in Biloxi on Tuesday May 10.

Garcia, listed by Baseball America as the Marlins No. 3 prospect for 2016, also pitched for the Suns last year, where he was 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in seven starts.

Garcia is 23 years old, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and this is the first major league call-up in his career. He is also the first Sun to receive a direct call-up to the majors from Jacksonville in 2016, after five Suns made the jump to the majors from Jacksonville last year.

In a corresponding move, left-handed relief pitcher Jose Jose has been transferred from Jacksonville to the disabled list, retroactive to May 19, with a right ankle sprain. In 13 relief outings, Jose is 1-3 with a 9.37 ERA.

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Tim Berry has been reinstated from Jacksonville’s disabled list and has had transfer of option to High-A Jupiter. Earlier this season Berry made four starts for the Suns, going 0-2 with an 11.66 ERA.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns open their series with Pensacola in a doubleheader of seven-inning games at 5:05 p.m. Friday. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and following the doubleheader will be NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center. The Suns are wearing red jerseys for another Red Shirt Friday. Fans are encouraged to wear red to support military personnel and save $1 per ticket at the box office, or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The game is also presented by Gator Country 99.9 WGNE.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

 

Garcia Called Up from Suns to Miami Marlins

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Jarlin Garcia joins the Marlins in Washington. Photo Credit - Roger C. Hoover.

Jarlin Garcia joins the Marlins in Washington. Photo Credit – Roger C. Hoover.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to today’s game against the Montgomery Biscuits at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 3:05 p.m.

Left-handed starting pitcher Jarlin Garcia, a member of the Marlins 40-man roster, has been recalled from Jacksonville to the major league Miami Marlins. He joins the Marlins today in Washington, and will be available to pitch in today’s game between the Marlins and Nationals at Nationals Park at 1:35 p.m.

Garcia went 1-2 with a 4.04 ERA in seven starts with Jacksonville, and collected 25 strikeouts in his 35 and two-thirds innings of work. He earned his first win of the season in his last start, tossing five and two-thirds scoreless innings against the Shuckers in Biloxi on Tuesday May 10. He was scheduled to start today’s game for the Suns against the Biscuits.

Garcia, listed by Baseball America as the Marlins No. 3 prospect for 2016, also pitched for the Suns last year, where he was 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in seven starts.

Garcia is 23 years old, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and this is the first major league call-up in his career. He is also the first Sun to receive a direct call-up to the majors from Jacksonville in 2016, after five Suns made the jump to the majors from Jacksonville last year.

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

The Suns continue their series with Montgomery at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, when Suns right-hander Chris Mazza (0-0, 5.40 ERA) is scheduled to face Biscuits right-hander Jake Faria (0-3, 4.97 ERA). Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday begins with kids catch on the field after gates open at 2 p.m., followed by a Suns player reading a children’s story. The afternoon includes a first pitch by a stroke survivor, autographs by former major leaguer and Bolles School alumnus Rick Wilkins. It’s also Princesses and Pirates Day, so take a picture with one of the princesses, get a free face painting behind Section 108, and after the game, kids can run the bases. Sunday is also presented by Channel 4 The Local Station.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

 

Brice Named Southern League Pitcher of the Week

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Austin Brice is the first Southern League Pitcher of the Week in 2016. Photo Courtesy: Marie Cox

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Suns right-handed starting pitcher Austin Brice has been named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for April 7-18, announced by the league office on Monday.

Brice hasn’t allowed a run in his first two starts of the year, and in 11 innings pitched has limited opponents to five hits, four walks, and he has struck out eight batters. His 0.00 ERA is tied with Montgomery pitcher Chih-Wei Hu for the lowest in the league among qualifying pitchers.

“I’ve felt pretty good on the mound,” said Brice. “I feel like all of my stuff is starting to pull together a little bit. I felt pretty fresh coming out of Spring Training and the extra baseball at the end of the year last year I think help carried more into this season so I feel pretty good.”

In Brice’s first 2016 start on Saturday April 9 against the Birmingham Barons he took a no decision. Brice turned in six scoreless innings where he only allowed three hits, no walks, and he struck out six batters. In Brice’s last start on Thursday April 14 at Pensacola, Brice once again had a no decision. The right-hander limited the Blue Wahoos to two hits during his five scoreless innings with four walks and two strikeouts.

Brice also has the fourth-lowest batting average against in the Southern League, with opponents only hitting .143 off the right-hander.

Brice spent all of 2015 in a Suns uniform, going 6-9 with a 4.67 ERA in a career-high 25 starts. Brice is the No. 14 Marlins prospect for 2016 according to Baseball America, and he was originally selected in the ninth round of the 2010 draft out of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. This is the first time Brice has been named a Southern League Pitcher of the Week, but he was the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week on June 24, 2013 when he pitched for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Brice is scheduled to start tomorrow night for the Suns against the Mobile BayBears at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

The Suns continue their series with Mobile at 7:05 p.m. Monday, when Suns left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-0) is scheduled to face BayBears left-hander Anthony Banda (0-1). Through the brand-new VyStar Credit Union Charity Begins at Home program, Launch-A-Ball will benefit the Jacksonville Public Library, and library card holders can purchase buy-one-get-one free tickets at the box office. First Coast News Night will give kids the chance to give their own weather forecasts. Fans can enter to win Marlins tickets on Marlins Monday and hear the in-game soundtrack with a 38 Special theme as part of the Jax Jams Series.

Suns Start BayBears Series in Jacksonville

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Jake Esch starts for Jacksonville today against Mobile. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (5-5) are back at home at the Baseball Grounds, welcoming in the Mobile BayBears (4-5) for the start of a five-game series today at 5:05 p.m. ET.

The Suns are coming off a road trip where they lost four out of five at Pensacola, and yesterday fell 3-0 to the Blue Wahoos.

Today to try and get back on the winning track, the Suns will start right-hander Jake Esch (1-1, 4.22 ERA) against Mobile right-hander Zack Godley (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Here are more notes on today’s contest from the official Suns game notes:

Back at Home: The Suns are glad to be back at home following the 1-4 trip to Pensacola. In the first series of the year, the Suns went 4-1 against the Birmingham Barons on opening weekend at the Baseball Grounds. The Jacksonville Suns welcomed 26,336 fans to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville during the first homestand, for an average of 5,267 each night. Both the total attendance and average attendance are the best marks the Southern League, and the second-highest in all of Double-A baseball (Corpus Christi Hooks welcomed 27.510 fans in the Texas League). The Suns Thursday through Sunday were tops in Double-A Baseball with 24,508 fans. The Opening Night crowd of 8,367 fans was the highest the Suns have had for Opening Night since 2007, and this was the best opening series crowd since the 2011 season.

Life in the Fast Lane: The Suns lead the Southern League with 14 stolen bases through the first 10 games of the season. The top two hitters in Jacksonville’s batting order are leading the way, with Yefri Perez and Jeremias Pineda both having six each, tied with Birmingham’s Adam Engel for the league lead. Moises Sierra and Matt Juengel have a stolen base each, but 11 of the 13 Jacksonville stolen bases come from Pineda/Perez. Pineda had his best day on the basepaths on Sunday April 10 when he stole four bases as part of a team six steal day against the Birmingham Barons, the most the Suns have stolen in a game since 2008. Last season, the Suns were last in the league with 59 stolen bases, and Jacksonville’s Kenny Wilson had 37, which was tied for second-best in the league.

Mooney Shines Bright in Pensacola: The best individual game for a Suns hitter came on Saturday night in Pensacola, as second baseman Peter Mooney went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Jacksonville’s 3-0 loss to the Blue Wahoos. The three-hit day was the first for a Suns hitter in 2016, and finished a terrific series at the plat for Mooney. Against the Wahoos he was 7-for-15 with four doubles, with a run scored and an RBI. His seven hits against the Wahoos were more than any other Suns hitter in the series. Mooney was signed by the Marlins as a free agent after spending last season with the New Jersey Jackals in the Can-Am League.

Esch Hopes to Continue Success vs. BayBears: Today’s Suns starter Jake Esch was dominant last year against Mobile, going 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA in two starts. He earned the win in his first start at Hank Aaron Stadium on May 6. In that outing he went seven scoreless innings scattering five hits, walking three batters and striking out eight as the Suns won 2-1. Esch took a no decision in his last start against the BayBears on July 11 at the Baseball Grounds. Esch worked five and two-third innings, allowing a run on two hits with a career-high foseven walks and four strikeouts. The Suns would go on to win 4-3 in 14 innings in Jacksonville.

Hello BayBears: Today starts the first series of the year between the Jacksonville Suns and the Mobile BayBears. The Suns and BayBears will play each other in four different series this year, with the next two meetings coming in Mobile from June 10-14 and July 20-24 at Hank Aaron Stadium. The BayBears will not return to the Baseball Grounds until the final series of the season from September 1-5. Last year the Suns won the season series with the BayBears, with Jacksonville going 12-8 against Mobile, going 5-5 in Mobile and 7-3 at the Baseball Grounds.

Today at the Baseball Grounds is Baptist Health Sunday Family Funday, where kids can feel like the pros before each Sunday home game, as kids and their families can play catch on the field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Then a Suns player will read a children’s story to kids. Following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases. It’s also Dr. Suess Day, a Suns player will read a Dr. Seuss story to kids before the game. Kids are encouraged to dress up as Dr. Seuss characters. The winner will receive a Suns prize. Between-inning contests will have a Dr. Seuss theme. To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, there will be a pregame swear-in of youth receiving Junior Ranger badges. Chris Hughes, Superintendent of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial, will be throwing a ceremonial first pitch. Also as part of Tomorrow’s Leaders, five area youth who have shown exemplary commitment to academics and community service will throw ceremonial first pitches before the game.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover and Marco LaNave providing play by play. Hoover, LaNave, and Andrew Gibson will host the pregame show Suns On Deck beginning at 4:50 p.m. ET, the game can be heard locally on FM 102.3 The Beach, on the TuneIn Radio app, as well as online by clicking the link below:

Listen Live to the Suns Baseball Network

Watch Live on MiLB.TV

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns opened a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership with the largest Opening Weekend attendance of any team in Double-A baseball. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the 2016 season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Suns Close out Wahoos Series in Pensacola

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Jeremias Pineda leads the Southern League with six stolen bases. Photo Courtesy: Marie Cox.

Jeremias Pineda leads the Southern League with six stolen bases. Photo Courtesy: Marie Cox.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (5-4) will close out their series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (7-2) at Blue Wahoos Stadium tonight.

The Wahoos have won three of the first four games of the set to clinch a series win, and yesterday Pensacola outlasted Jacksonville 4-3 in 11 innings.

Tonight the Suns and Wahoos will square off in the fifth and final game of the series at 7:30 p.m. ET. Left-handed pitcher Tim Berry (0-0, 11.57 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Blue Wahoos right-hander Rookie Davis (1-0, 1.80 ERA).

Here are more notes on tonight’s contest from the official Suns game notes.

Roster Moves: The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Blue Wahoos Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.  Right-handed relief pitcher Victor Araujo has been transferred from Jacksonville to Batavia. Araujo has pitched in four games for the Suns, going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and one save.   In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Blake Logan has been transferred from Batavia to Jacksonville. Logan started for the Suns last Sunday, allowing only a run on four hits during his four innings on the mound against the Birmingham Barons. The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players.

So Long Wahoos: Today the Suns wrap up their first series of the year with their in-state rivals, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This is the first of four series between the clubs, and the first of two played in Pensacola. The Suns will next welcome to the Wahoos to the Baseball Grounds from May 19-23, and July 14-18, before making a return trip to Pensacola from August 27-31. Last year the Suns and Wahoos also played 20 games, with Pensacola winning the season series 12-8. The Suns won the first three season series between the clubs in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Life in the Fast Lane: The Suns lead the Southern League with 13 stolen bases through the first nine games of the season. The top two hitters in Jacksonville’s batting order are leading the way, with Jeremias Pineda atop the league with six stolen bases, and Yefri Perez right behind him with five. Moises Sierra and Matt Juengel have a stolen base each, but 11 of the 13 Jacksonville stolen bases come from Pineda/Perez. Pineda had his best day on the basepaths on Sunday April 10 when he stole four bases as part of a team six steal day against the Birmingham Barons, the most the Suns have stolen in a game since 2008.

Close Games: The Suns are no stranger to close games early in the 2016 season. Three of Jacksonville’s four losses have been by one run, and the 4-1 loss on Thursday was the only game in this Wahoos series that wasn’t decided by a single run. The Suns are 1-3 in one run games, with the win coming in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in the second game of this series.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover  providing play by play. Hoover and Andrew Gibson will host the pregame show Suns On Deck beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET. The game can be heard locally on FM 102.3 The Beach, on the TuneIn Radio app, as well as online by clicking the link below:

Listen Live to the Suns Baseball Network

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns opened a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership with the largest Opening Weekend attendance of any team in Double-A baseball. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the 2016 season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.