By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns
During Jacksonville’s contest with the Birmingham Barons Monday afternoon, the Miami Marlins announced the transfer of former Sun Logan Morrison’s Major League Rehab Assignment from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville.
Morrison has been recovering from offseason knee surgery and played for the Suns during the 2009 campaign when the club won the first of back-to-back Southern League titles. In 79 contests for Jacksonville that year, Morrison hit .277 with eight homers and 47 RBI.
The infielder will join the team today and is expected to be in the lineup for the Suns’ game tonight in Pensacola.
The Suns fell to the Barons 4-1 Monday afternoon in the series finale, though Jacksonville did break their scoreless drought.
The squad had not scored in each of their prior two contests against the Barons, but came across in the seventh thanks to catcher J.T. Realmuto’s sacrifice fly, scoring outfielder Danny Pertusati from third.
Jacksonville was being no-hit through the first six frames before Pertusati ended Birmingham starter Scott Snodgress’ bid with a clean base hit to right.
The Barons had taken a 3-0 lead in the third thanks to infielder Cody Puckett’s second solo homer in as many games to start the frame, while infielder Andy Wilkins and outfielder Michael Earley each drove home a tally with an RBI single and run-scoring double respectively.
Birmingham capped their scoring in the fifth when outfielder Keenyn Walker launched a leadoff homer to left to extend the Barons lead to 4-0 before the Suns got their run in the seventh.
Jacksonville now travels to Pensacola for a six-game series with the Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday evening to make up for a game that was postponed due to rain earlier this year.
First pitch is set for 8:00 p.m. ET in Pensacola, with RHP Jay Jackson (2-1, 2.56 ERA) expected to get the nod for the Suns, while the Blue Wahoos are scheduled to send RHP Chad Rogers (2-2, 1.93 ERA) to the hill.
The Suns’ parent club, the Miami Marlins, fell to their in-state rival Tampa Bay Rays 10-6 Monday afternoon in the first of a two-game set at Tropicana Field.
Marlins starter Jose Fernandez struggled in his return to his hometown of Tampa, yielding seven runs, though only four of those were earned, on five hits in 3.1 innings pitched.
Former Suns outfielder Marcell Ozuna recorded a hit to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest stretch for a Marlin this season. Ozuna also drew two walks in addition to his base hit.
The Marlins face the Rays once again this evening at 7:10 p.m., with RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.30 ERA) set to go for the Fish, while RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.37 ERA) is slated to get the ball for Tampa.
Below is today’s Suns This Morning.
Florida Times-Union: “Suns Hitters Shut Down Again”
Pensacola News Journal: “Wahoos Drop Ninth Straight”
MiLB.com: “Marisnick Settles In With Suns”
Palm Beach Post: “Marlins 1B Logan Morrison Will Rehab Tuesday At Jacksonville”
Miami Herald: “Ruggiano Symbolizes Vast Road-Home Power Disparity”
Sun Sentinel: “Fernandez Has Disappointing Homecoming In Marlins’ 10-6 Loss To Rays”
MLB.com: “Coghlan Reflects On Memorial Day As League Honors Vets”
Big League Stew: “Bees Swarm Visitor’s Dugout At Kauffman Stadium”
Sports Illustrated: “Cardinals’ Wacha Leads List Of Possible Impact Call-ups On Fast Track”
ESPN Sweetspot: “Verlander Getting Back In Gear“