Suns This Morning (4/30)

Suns This Morning

Suns outfielders Jake Smolinski, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Photo Courtesy: Brian Delettre / Jacksonville Suns

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

In roughly a 12 hour span, Suns outfielder Marcell Ozuna went from Southern League Hitter of the Week to Major Leaguer.

The Marlins announced the move late last night after placing outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and infielder Joe Mahoney on the Disabled List. Stanton went down running to first and suffered what is being called at the moment a strained right hamstring. Stanton will have undergo an MRI later today to get a better idea of the injury.

Ozuna had been swinging a hot bat and was already on the 40-man roster, so once Stanton’s injury was deemed bad enough to warrant a trip to the Disabled List the Marlins recalled Ozuna. No corresponding move has been announced at this time for the Suns.

It took 15 innings, but Miami defeated the New York Mets last night 5-4 thanks to Nick Green’s sacrifice fly to left (video below). The Marlins had entered the bottom of the 15th trailing 4-3, but came back to score two to win it.

Hard to believe that wasn’t the longest game of the night in the Majors, but out on the west coast, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim played 19 frames Monday night/Tuesday morning, with Brandon Moss eventually ended it with a two-run walkoff blast (video below).

As for the Suns, they dropped a 7-1 decision to the Mobile BayBears in just nine innings on Monday in the series finale and final game of their ten-game homestand.

It was Ozuna who drove in the lone Suns tally with an RBI double to deep center, driving in Christian Yelich.

Despite the defeat, the Suns had already clinched a series victory with their 14-6 win on Sunday. The team has the day off today, and will travel to Jackson, Tennessee for a five-game series with the Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The series opener is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday evening.

Below is today’s Suns This Morning.

Florida Times-Union: “Suns Hot Bats Go Quiet In 7-1 Loss
AL.com: “BayBears Take 7-1 Victory Over Suns
Florida Times-Union: “Derek Dietrich Likes To Juggle Anything But Ground Balls
MLB.com: “Marlins Walk Off, But Win Proves Costly
Miami Herald: “Marlins Work To Rid Jose Fernandez Of Pitch-Tipping Habit
Sun Sentinel: “Stanton Injured, Heads To DL; Prospect Ozuna Gets Call
MLB.com: “Focused On His Execution, Cishek Battling On
USA TODAY: “Braves Rookie ‘A Cult Hero’ With Incredible Road To The Majors
Detroit Free Press: “Toledo Mud Hens Ready To Rock Chewbacca Jerseys
Big League Stew: “Pirates Catcher Tony Sanchez Uses Newspaper’s Goof To Prank His Mom

Marcell Ozuna Named Southern League’s Hitter of the Week

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By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

The Southern League announced Monday Jacksonville Suns right fielder Marcell Ozuna has been selected as the league’s Hitter of the Week for the time frame between April 22-28.

In that span, Ozuna compiled a .367 average (11-30), adding six runs, a double and a triple, five homers and 11 RBI in those seven games.

Among all Minor Leaguers in that span, Ozuna ranked second, behind only High-A San Jose outfielder Devin Harris, in homers, in addition to tied for first in extra-base hits (seven) and tied for third in RBI (11) in Minor League Baseball during that week.

Ozuna, the third-best prospect in the Miami Marlins organization according to Baseball America, came into today’s contest with a .316 average (12-38) with five homers and 14 RBI through nine games with the Suns. Despite playing in just those nine contests, Ozuna entered today’s action tied for the Southern League lead in roundtrippers.

After wrapping up their five-game series with the Mobile BayBears and ten-game homestand, the Suns have a day off Tuesday and will travel to Jackson, Tennessee, for a five-game series with the Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The first game of that series is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Jacksonville returns home Tuesday, May 7 for a five-game series with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Suns Drop Finale to BayBears, 7-1

Game Recap

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by Matt Leland / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four defensive errors and a rough start from Adam Conley kept the Jacksonville Suns from winning the series finale against the Mobile BayBears, as they fell at home by a final of 7-1.

The loss moved Jacksonville to 14-10 on the season and came in front of 6,243 fans at Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Conley (0-1) surrendered five runs in the first inning and never truly established a rhythm on the mound. Nick Evans doubled home Mobile’s first run, and David Nick tripled with the bases loaded later in the frame to put the BayBears ahead 4-0. An RBI groundout from Rossmel Perez finished the scoring in the inning, but the Suns were down five runs before ever reaching the plate.

“He had a chance to lessen the damage,” Suns manager Andy Barkett said. “And then he just left a pitch up [to Nick]…got us into a big hole.”

Meanwhile, Mobile starter Bradin Hagens (4-1) was on his game from the outset, at one point retiring 13 straight Suns hitters while holding Jacksonville scoreless over his first five innings. He did surrender a run in the sixth on Southern League Hitter of the Week Marcell Ozuna’s RBI double, but finished seven strong innings and earned his fourth win.

Mobile added single runs in both the third and fourth innings to pad their lead. Perez singled home Nick in the third off Conley, while Mike Freeman’s single in the fourth plated Ender Inciarte to put the BayBears up 7-0. The fourth inning was marred by three Suns errors, part of four total on the day for Jacksonville.

“We didn’t really respond and our concentration level wasn’t great,” Barkett said. “Thank goodness it’s over. We’ll get them [Wednesday].”

A day after hitting five home runs, scoring 14 times and putting up 15 hits, the Suns scored just once on Monday and managed just seven hits against BayBears pitching.

The Suns will have a day off Tuesday before resuming play on the road on Wednesday in game one of a five game series against the Jackson Generals. The brief five-game road trip will begin with Sam Dyson (0-1, 1.86) on the hill for the Suns, while the Generals will counter with right-hander Taijuan Walker (2-2, 1.55). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

Suns fans can listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM, or through jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET with the UF and Shands Suns Sunday Pre-Game Show.

Suns This Morning (4/29)

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Suns outfielder Marcell Ozuna. Photo Courtesy: Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

Jacksonville powered past Mobile 14-6 Sunday behind five home runs and clinched a series victory with the win.

Catcher J.T. Realmuto, along with infielders Mark Canha and Audy Ciriaco, as well as outfielders Kyle Jensen and Marcell Ozuna all homered for the Suns in the contest, with Ozuna adding his fifth longball in a five game span.

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.

The Suns had gone down early 3-0 thanks to a three-run homer from Mobile outfielder Jon Griffin, but Jacksonville went on to outscore the BayBears 14-3 in the remaining eight innings. All 14 of those tallies came within a four-inning span between the fifth and ninth frames.

The Suns will now look to take four out of five from the BayBears Monday, with a 11:05 a.m. first pitch time for the series finale. LHP Adam Conley (0-0, 3.00) is expected to get the nod for Jacksonville, while RHP Bradin Hagens (3-1, 2.66) is slated to get the ball for Mobile.

The Miami Marlins, the Suns’ parent club, also showed off the pop Sunday, tallying three roundtrippers in their 6-4 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. After leaving the yard for the first time in the 2013 season in the previous game, Fish RF Giancarlo Stanton one-upped himself, launching a pair of longballs in the victory. SS Nick Green also got into the act with a solo shot in the seventh frame.

Miami now welcomes the Mets into town for a three-game series at Marlins Park before heading back on the road. The two teams face off in the series opener Monday evening in Miami, with rookie RHP Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50 ERA) set to take the mound for the Marlins, while RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.54 ERA) is slated to get the ball for the Mets.

Below is today’s Suns This Morning:

Florida Times-Union: “Suns Hit Five Home Runs, Power Their Way Past Mobile
AL.com: “Suns Overpower BayBears 14-6
Miami Herald: “Stanton’s Surge Is Too Much For Chicago Cubs In Marlins Victory
Sun Sentinel: “Giancarlo Stanton Home Run Distances Explained
Palm Beach Post: “Marlins Slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s Called Shot — Sort Of
MLB.com: “Phenoms Harvey, Fernandez Meet In Miami
New York Times: “A Plus-Size Giant With Big Size Talent
Big League Stew: “Cardinals Teammates Unsuccessfully Attempt To Spell Marc Rzepczynski’s Name
Wall Street Journal: “April Success Brings April Distress

Suns Homer Five Times in 14-6 Win

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by Matt Leland / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns hit a season-high five home runs and pounded out 15 hits to take care of the Mobile BayBears 14-6 at Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Trailing 4-0 through four and a half innings, Jacksonville began its onslaught when Mark Canha homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth. The Suns would add four more long balls and 13 more runs in front of 3,528 fans on Sunday.

“They got the bat head out today,” Suns manager Andy Barkett said. “We got a lot of big hits, a lot of great at-bats as the game went on. It becomes contagious at times with this team.”

The BayBears jumped out in front against Suns starter Robert Morey on Jon Griffin’s three-run home run in the top of the first. Morey would also be held responsible for Mobile’s fourth run, scoring on a bases loaded single by David Nick in the top of the fifth. On the play, Griffin was thrown out trying to score by Kyle Jensen to end the inning. Morey finished with four innings, four runs allowed on seven hits (three earned), three strikeouts and three walks.

After Canha’s homer made it 4-1, Marcell Ozuna tripled home pitcher James Leverton (1-1) to bring Jacksonville to within two runs. Two hitters later, the Suns took their first lead of the game on Kyle Jensen’s three run blast over the left field wall, putting Jacksonville ahead 5-4.

The BayBears rallied to tie it in the top of the sixth, but the Suns took the lead for good in the bottom half. Pinch hitter Chris Gutierrez’s RI hit put Jacksonville back in front 6-5, and Christian Yelich’s two-run double later in the frame extended the lead to 8-5.

“With this club, if you’re tied, you’re feeling pretty good about your chance,” Barkett said.

J.T. Realmuto hit his first home run since opening night the next inning to push the advantage to four runs, and both Audy Ciriaco and Ozuna went deep in the eighth as part of a five run frame that put the contest out of reach. Ozuna’s shot was his fifth in the last five games.

“[Ozuna]’s super-talented, the sky’s the limit for him,” Barkett said. “It’s fun to watch him play, fun to manage him.”

Mobile starter Anthony Meo was spared a loss by the BayBears one-run sixth inning, but still struggled mightily in the fifth, surrendering all five runs to erase the BayBears early four-run cushion. Meo struck out two and walked two in the no-decision.

Jacksonville ran its record to 14-9 with the win and secured a series victory over the Mobile BayBears, having taken three of the first four games of the five-game series.

The series finale is scheduled for Monday morning, with Suns’ left-hander Adam Conley (0-0, 3.00) opposing BayBears right-hander Bradin Hagens (3-1, 2.66). First pitch is slated for 11:05 a.m.

Suns fans can listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM, or through jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 11:50 a.m. with the UF and Shands Suns Pre-Game Show.

The home stand comes to a close on Monday with Celebration of Reading Day #1 and Autism Awareness Day. The 11:05am late morning game welcomes school kids from across the area for a day of baseball plus a special banner contest.

Listen as Suns face BayBears in Sunday matinee

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By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns once again look to clinch a series victory over the Mobile BayBears this afternoon in a Sunday matinee at Bragan Field, with first pitch slated for 3:05 p.m.

For those who are unable to make it to the game, the Suns’ contest with Mobile will be televised locally live on CW17.

RHP Robert Morey (0-0, 3.38 ERA) is expected to take the mound for Jacksonville in the fourth game of the series. In his last outing on April, 23 versus Chattanooga, the 24-year-old did not factor in the decision despite yielding four hits in 5.2 scoreless innings of work.

The BayBears are anticipated to counter with RHP Anthony Meo (0-1, 4.15 ERA). The 23-year-old suffered the loss in his most recent start on April 23 against Mississippi after allowing three earned runs on three hits, along with five walks, in 2.1 frames.

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 Sunday Pregame Show beginning at 2:35 p.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 byclicking here.

First Place Suns: The Jacksonville Suns enter Sunday’s action with the Southern League South Division lead, ahead of the second-place Mississippi Braves and Montgomery Biscuits by a half game. 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 four days.

TWTW: Earlier this week, Chicago White Sox television broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson said during a sabermetrics debate on MLB Network that the most important statistic in baseball was “TWTW” (The Will to Win), which you can’t exactly put a number on. The Suns have been displaying plenty of TWTW in the past week with walk off victories in three games in a row from Wednesday to Friday. Marcell Ozuna hit a walk off three-run homer to cap a seven-run bottom of the ninth to defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts 12-9 on Wednesday. On Thursday, Jacksonville rallied for two runs in the ninth on homers by Ozuna and Kyle Jensen before Mark Canha won the game in the 13th inning on an RBI single to beat the Mobile BayBears 7-6. Friday, after Mobile rallied to tie the game at five in the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich won the game with a solo homer into the right-center field bleachers to give Jacksonville an instant 6-5 victory. The Suns are now 7-2 in one-run games, and have won a total of four games in walk off fashion this year.

Dietrich Goes Deep: Derek Dietrich hit his second homer in as many days on Saturday with a game-tying solo shot in the eighth inning. Dietrich now has three homers this season, with all of his blasts coming at Bragan Field. Dietrich is third in the league in slugging percentage at .532, and third in the league in on-base percentage at .427, just behind his infield mate Zack Cox who is second in OBP at .431.

Doubles for Canha: Suns first baseman Mark Canha enters today with eight doubles, tied for the most in the Southern League. Canha hit a pair of doubles in last night’s game, and is only one of three players in the league with the eight doubles. Canha, who is hitting .269 this season, is hitting .333 over the past ten games and has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games. He is also fifth in the league with 11 extra-base hits.

Television for Suns: The Jacksonville Suns will be on television today, with CW 17 broadcasting the games in high-definition for the second of their 11 broadcasts this season. Suns radio broadcaster Roger Hoover will team up with Suns President and Owner Peter Bragan, Jr. for the broadcasts.

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.

Listen live to the Suns and BayBears April 28, 2013

You can also follow along with the game by following the Suns Baseball Network on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Suns This Morning (4/28)

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Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns dropped a 4-2 decision to the Mobile BayBears Saturday night, yielding two ninth-inning runs after coming back to tie the game just a frame earlier.

Suns INF Derek Dietrich blasted a deep solo shot to right in the bottom of the eighth to tie it at 2-2, however, Mobile plated a pair of tallies in the next frame to pull ahead for good. Below is the call of Dietrich’s longball from Matt Leland.

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BayBears OF Brent Clevlen hit what proved to be the game-winning hit, an RBI triple to center, while Mobile added an insurance run later in the frame.

Dietrich and 1B Mark Canha each tallied two hits in the contest, while BayBears C Rossmel Perez was the lone Mobile batter to record a multi-hit effort.

The two clubs meet again this afternoon as the Suns look to clinch a series victory. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. at Bragan Field, with RHP Robert Morey (0-0, 3.38 ERA) set to take the hill for the Suns, while Mobile is slated to give the ball to RHP Anthony Meo (0-1, 4.15 ERA).

The Suns’ parent club, the Miami Marlins, fell to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Saturday night, despite homers from former Suns OF Giancarlo Stanton, as well as C Miguel Olivo. It was the first roundtripper for Stanton, as well as the longer recorded in the short history of Marlins Park at an estimated distance of 472 feet. We’re still not totally convinced if this ball’s landed yet (video below).

The Fish and Cubs square off in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m., with RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 3.81 ERA) scheduled to start for Miami. RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.53 ERA) is slated to get the ball for Chicago.

Below is today’s Suns This Morning.

Florida Times-Union: “Mobile Scores Late In Win Over Suns
AL.com: “BayBears Score Twice In Ninth To Defeat Suns
Miami Herald: “Stanton Blast First Homer & Unleashes A Monster — 472 Foot Shot 3rd Longest Of His Career
Sun Sentinel: “LeBlanc Not Necessarily Out When Alvarez Returns
Palm Beach Post: “Stanton Socks Mammoth Homer In Marlins Loss
MLB.com: “Villanueva, Nolasco To Meet In Marlins-Cubs Finale
Big League Stew: “St. Paul Saints To Replace Umpires With Judge & Jury During May 11 During Exhibition Game
New York Times: “Astros Visualize Success; Having It Is Another Matter
USA TODAY: “Meet Baseball’s Next Knuckleballer

Suns’ Streak Ends in 4-2 Loss to Mobile

Game Recap

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by Matt Leland / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Mobile BayBears scored two runs in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and end the Jacksonville Suns’ three-game winning streak by a final of 4-2.

The Suns had won three straight games on walk off hits entering Saturday’s contest, but could not make it four in a row in front of 6,037 fans at Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Jacksonville and Mobile exchanged scoreless frames through the first four innings, as Suns starter Matt Neil and BayBears hurler Zeke Spruill both held the opposition at bay. But Mobile broke through first, thanks in part to a throwing error by Neil, in the top of the fifth. With runners on second and third, Rossmel Perez hit a fly ball to center to score the game’s first run. Spruill then helped his own causes with a base hit to right, putting the BayBears ahead 2-0.

“[Neil] was really good early on, making pitches,” Suns manager Andy Barkett said following the game. “Obviously the error hurt him. Overall, he threw the ball well and gave us a chance to win.”

The Suns responded the very next half inning. J.T. Realmuto led off the frame with a double to center, and scored on Mark Canha’s RBI double two batters later. Jacksonville had a chance to tie the game or take the lead later in the inning, but Christian Yelich grounded into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Each starter lasted five innings, and the bullpens continued to keep the score 2-1 until the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Derek Dietrich, who had blasted a walk off home run in Friday’s win over Mobile, hit a game-tying solo home run off reliever Steve Garrison to knot the ledger at 2.

“I thought we were going to work some more magic,” manager Andy Barkett said. “But overall, good effort. We had them on the ropes.

“We had our opportunities, just didn’t get the big blow.”

There would be no walk off win for the Suns on Sunday, however, as Mobile took the lead for good in the top of the ninth facing Mike Ojala (1-1). Jon Griffin doubled down the left field line to begin the inning and scored the go-ahead run on Brent Clevlen’s triple over the head of center fielder Christian Yelich.

The BayBears would make it 4-2 later in the inning on Raywilly Gomez’s sacrifice fly, and Derek Eitel (2-0) recorded a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to earn the victory for himself and Mobile.

The Suns will attempt to find the winning path again on Sunday in game four of the five game series behind right-hander starter Robert Morey (0-0, 3.38 ERA), while Mobile will counter with a right-hander of their own, Anthony Meo (0-1, 4.15). First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

Suns fans can listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM, or through jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 2:35 p.m. with the UF and Shands Suns Sunday Pre-Game Show. The game will also be televised on The CW 17 in Jacksonville, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Suns fans should note that all kids can receive coaching and pointers from the pros from 1:30-2:30 before Sunday’s game against Mobile with the Suns’ Kids Clinic on the Field. Suns players and coaches will be giving instruction to all kids, sponsored by CW17 and 95.1 WAPE. The first 500 kids also receive a Suns Slap Bracelet. Fans should also be sure to stick around after the game for Kids Run the Bases, presented by VyStar Credit Union.

Listen as Suns look to clinch series against Mobile

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By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

After winning their third consecutive game in walkoff fashion, the Jacksonville Suns look to clinch their third series of the season, facing the Mobile BayBears tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Bragan Field.

The Suns are expected to give the nod tonight to RHP Matt Neil (0-2, 5.74 ERA). In his last outing on April 22 versus Chattanooga, the 26-year-old suffered the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in five innings of work.

Mobile is anticipated to counter with RHP Zeke Spruill (0-3, 1.35 ERA). The Virginia native did not factor in the decision in his last outing on April 22 against Mississippi despite yielding just three hits in eight shutout frames.

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 6:50 p.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 byclicking here.

TWTW: Earlier this week, Chicago White Sox television broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson said during a sabermetrics debate on MLB Network that the most important statistic in baseball was “TWTW” (The Will to Win), which you can’t exactly put a number on. The Suns have been displaying plenty of TWTW in the past three days with walk off victories in each contest. Marcell Ozuna hit a walk off three-run homer to cap a seven-run bottom of the ninth to defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts 12-9 on Wednesday. On Thursday, Jacksonville rallied for two runs in the ninth on homers by Ozuna and Kyle Jensen before Mark Canha won the game in the 13th inning on an RBI single to beat the Mobile BayBears 7-6. Last night, after Mobile rallied to tie the game at five in the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich won the game with a solo homer into the right-center field bleachers to give Jacksonville an instant 6-5 victory. The Suns are now 7-2 in one-run games, and have won a total of four games in walk off fashion this year.

First Place Suns: The Jacksonville Suns enter Saturday’s action with the Southern League South Division lead, ahead of the second-place Mississippi Braves and Montgomery Biscuits by a game and a half. 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 three days.

Cox Back on Top: Zack Cox once again leads the Southern League in hitting with his .339 batting average. After missing the past three games, Cox made his return to the Suns lineup on Friday and went 1-for-3 with a walk. Cox also leads the Southern League in on-base percentage at .456, while his fellow infielder Derek Dietrich is fourth in OBP at .424. Cox is listed by Baseball America as the no. 15 Marlins prospect heading into the 2013 seaosn.

Television for Suns: The Jacksonville Suns will be on television the next two days, with CW 17 broadcasting the games in high-definition for the first of their 11 broadcasts this season. Suns radio broadcaster Roger Hoover will team up with Suns President and Owner Peter Bragan, Jr. for the broadcasts.

Tonight’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.

Listen live to the Suns and BayBears April 27, 2013

You can also follow along with the game by following the Suns Baseball Network on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Suns This Morning (4/27)

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Suns infielder Derek Dietrich greeted by his teammates. Photo Courtesy: Will Dickey / The Times-Union

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

Another day, another walkoff.

For the third straight game, the Jacksonville Suns defeated their opponent in walkoff fashion, as the Suns topped the Mobile BayBears Friday 6-5.

It was Derek Dietrich who played the hero role last night, launching a pinch-hit solo blast to right to end the contest. Below is the “Voice of the Suns” Roger Hoover’s call of that final play.

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Jacksonville had gotten out to an early 2-0 advantage thanks to a longball from RF Marcell Ozuna, who has now homered in three straight games, totaling four blasts in that span. CF Christian Yelich doubled the margin to 4-0 with a two-run double in the fourth, while C J.T. Realmuto put the Suns up five with a sacrifice fly.

Mobile, however, clawed their way back with a three-run seventh and a two-run eighth to even the contest at 5-5. Four different BayBears batters, including infielders Nick Evans (2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB) and Nick Ahmed (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI), as well as outfielders Justin Greene (2-4, 1 R) and Brent Clevlen (2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI). Ozuna (2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI) was the lone Suns hitter to record a multi-hit effort.

With Jacksonville leading the series 2-0, they’ll look to clinch a series victory tonight over the BayBears, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. at Bragan Field. The Suns are expected to give the nod to RHP Matt Neil (0-2, 5.74), while Mobile is anticipated to send RHP Zeke Spruill (0-3, 1.35) to the hill.

Jacksonville’s parent club, the Miami Marlins, fell Friday night to the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at Marlins Park. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo powered Chicago’s attack with a pair of longballs, while Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney mashed his first blast of his Major League career (video below).

Former Sun A.J. Ramos was solid in relief for the Fish last night, firing two shutout frames and yielding just two hits, in addition to a strikeout. The two teams square off again tonight at 7:10 p.m., with RHP Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09 ERA) slated to get the start for the Marlins, while the Cubs plan to send LHP Travis Wood (1-1, 2.08 ERA) to the mound.

It was quite a night for another former Suns pitcher, with Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez fanning 17 Braves batters in his eight innings of work, setting a new Tigers record in their 10-0 victory. Sanchez finished his outing in style, striking out the side in the eighth (video below).

Here’s today’s Suns This Morning. As always, we’ll have a Game Preview post on here later today.

Florida Times-Union: “Derek Dietrich’s Home Run Lifts Suns
AL.com: “Suns Top BayBears With Homer In Bottom Of The Ninth
Miami Herald: “Slowey Remains Upbeat, Even As a W Continues To Elude Him
Sun Sentinel: “Homers By Douglas High Grad Rizzo Topples Marlins
Chicago Tribune: “Close To Home, Rizzo Dials Long Distance Twice In Cubs’ Win In Miami
MLB.com: “Hechavarria Progressing, Taking Grounders
Sports Illustrated: “Anibal Sanchez Whiffs A Season-High 17 Braves
MASNS Sports: “Reading Into The Handling Of Rendon
MLB.com: “For Some, Mental Approach Is Far From Average
Baseball Prospectus: “Manufactured Runs: The Hawk Trap