Suns Eliminated by Braves in 6-5, 11-Innings Loss

Game Recap

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by Matt Leland / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns and Mississippi Braves played an 11-inning classic to determine the Southern League’s final playoff team on Monday, with the Braves emerging victorious in a 6-5 thriller at Bragan Field.

Because of the Mobile BayBears’ victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos earlier in the day, the Suns and Braves’ contest turned into a winner-take-all that was not decided until Audy Ciriaco bounced out to end Jacksonville’s dream of a postseason run.

It was Mississippi that struck first, scoring a pair of early runs against Suns starter Justin Nicolino. Tommy LaStella singled in a first inning run to put the Braves on top 1-0, and Edward Salcedo’s run-scoring hit made it a two-run lead for Mississippi.

The Suns struck back against Braves right-hander Mitch Atkins, cutting the Braves’ lead in half on Austin Barnes infield RBI single. Mark Canha then came to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a booming double to center field. When the dust cleared, the Suns had a 4-2 lead.

Mississippi regained the lead almost immediately, however. Dan Brewer laced an RBI single to cut Jacksonville’s lead to 4-3, and Mycal Jones followed with a two-run double that out the Braves back on top.

The Suns would tie the game in the 6th on Ryan Fisher’s pinch-hit RBI single, which eventually proved to be the final run in the Suns’ season. Each bullpen posted four straight scoreless innings until Mississippi finally broke through on a Suns error in the 11th.

The loss ended the Suns’ chances at a second half division title, as the Suns finished the 2013 season a half game back of the Mobile BayBears in the South. Because of Mississippi’s advantage in the overall standings, the Braves emerged as the wild card champions and will take on Mobile in the first round of the Southern League playoffs.

Listen as Suns go for the 2nd half South Division title against the M-Braves

Game Preview

LHP Justin Nicolino is set to get the nod for the Suns this afternoon.

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

The Suns are just one win away from their first postseason berth since 2010 as they face the Mississippi Braves this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at Bragan Field.

After the final out of the contest, kids will be able to run the bases with the VyStar Kids Run The Bases, while there will also be FREE ice cream treats at the ballpark with every paid admission. Also be sure to stop by your local Jiffy Lube store for Free General Admission tickets to this afternoon’s contest.

Jacksonville’s victory last night, along with Mobile’s loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, vaulted the Suns into first place by a half game over the BayBears entering today’s regular season finale. A Jacksonville win OR Mobile loss would give the Suns the second half division crown.

Left-handed starter Justin Nicolino is set to get the nod for Jacksonville in today’s Monday matinee. The southpaw did not factor in the decision in his most recent outing on August 27 at Montgomery after allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. In three starts at home this season, Nicolino has compiled a 3-0 record and 2.08 ERA (4 ER in 17.1 IP).

Mississippi meanwhile, is expected to give the ball to right-hander Mitch Atkins (5-2, 3.25 ERA) in the final regular season game of the season. In his last outing on August 27 versus Huntville, the 27-year-old did not receive a decision after yielding three earned runs on four hits in 5.1 frames pitched. In the month of August, Atkins owned a 2-1 record and 4.30 ERA (14 ER in 29.1 IP) in five starts.

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 Health Suns Pregame Show beginning at 12:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Below are more notes on today’s game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Roger Hoover. The entire game notes for today’s contest can be viewed byclicking here.

Win & They’re In: Jacksonville’s win combined with the Mobile BayBears loss last night catapulted the Suns into first place in the second half South Division standings coming into the last game of the regular season this afternoon. To win the second half title, Jacksonville needs either a Suns win or a BayBears loss to Pensacola this afternoon. A division title would be the team’s first since the 2010 campaign, when Jacksonville topped the South Division in both the first and second halves of the year en route to the second end of their back-to-back Southern League championships. It would also be the sixth time the Suns have won a first or second half division title in the Bragan Field/Baseball Grounds era dating back through the 2003 season. Jacksonville in that span has won first half titles in 2010, 2006 and 2005, in addition to second half division crowns in the 2010 and 2009 campaigns.

Must Be That Home Cooking: The Suns enter this afternoon having won 16 of their last 19 games at Bragan Field this year going back to July 14. In those 19 contests, the Suns have outscored their opponents 93-47, while Jacksonville starting pitchers have combined for a 14-1 record and 2.03 ERA (29 ER in 128.2 IP). In the second half of this year, the club has tallied a 26-8 clip at Bragan Field, compared to a 13-21 mark on the road. Overall this year, Jacksonville owns a 42-26 record at the Baseball Grounds. Suns pitchers overall this year have posted a 2.87 ERA (194 ER in 607.1 IP), compared to a 3.74 ERA (228 ER in 548.0 IP) on the road. Only the Mobile BayBears (2.78 ERA) and Mississippi Braves own better earned-run averages at home than the Suns. C/INFAustin Barnes in his nine home games this year owns a .478 average (11-23) with six runs, three extra-base hits (including a homer), six RBI, seven walks and a .600 on-base percentage. Tonight’s Suns starter Justin Nicolino owns a 3-0 record and 2.08 ERA (4 ER in 17.1 IP) in his three outings at Bragan Field in 2013.

Solid Starters: In their last ten outings dating back to August 21 in Chattanooga, Jacksonville starting pitchers have combined for a 3-2 record and 1.72 ERA (13 ER in 67.1 IP) in that time period. Included in that span are a pair of shutout outings from RHP Bryan Evans, who has totaled 16.2 scoreless frames, including a nine-inning complete game shutout on August 26 at Montgomery. In each of those outings, Suns starting pitchers did not yield more than three earned runs and in fact relinquished two or fewer earned runs in eight of those ten starts. Opposing hitters in that time period have managed just a .220 batting average (53-241) against Suns starters, while the Jacksonville hurlers have accumulated a 0.99 WHIP in that span. Those pitchers also have not received much run support in those contests, with the Suns offense averaging 2.6 runs of support for those hurlers when they are in the contest.

…It’s Also About How You Finish: Suns reliever Nick Wittgren notched his first save at the Double-A level last night in Jacksonville’s 3-0 victory. It was the 26th save overall this season for the right-hander after converting 25 of his 29 save opportunities with High-A Jupiter before being transferred to Jacksonville on August 29. The 25 saves still lead the Florida State League. Wittgren’s 26 saves combined between Jupiter and Jacksonville ranks second among Marlins farmhands, with only Triple-A New Orleans RHP Chris Hatcher ahead on that list. Third among Marlins Minor Leaguers and first in the Southern League is Suns closer Michael Brady, who has been successful in 23 of his 23 save chances in 2013 with the Suns.

Suns Spots: Eight of the Suns’ 11 RBI in this series have come with two outs…All but one of the nine contests played between the Suns and Braves have been decided by three runs or less, with the Suns owning a 6-2 mark in those eight games…Jacksonville has posted a 52-14 record (.788) this season when scoring first, the best mark in the Southern League…The club also owns the second best clip when scoring last with a 44-13 record (.772)…In 14 day games this season, INF Audy Ciriaco has compiled a .370 average (17-46) with nine runs, a homer and five RBI, while INF Zack Cox has hit for a .310 mark (13-42) with five runs, no homers, two RBI, nine walks and a .434 on-base percentage in 15 contests started during the day…Since the Southern League All-Star break, Suns INF Mark Canha has posted a .347 average (50-144), adding 28 runs, 15 doubles, a triple, six homers, 27 RBI, 19 walks and a .444 on-base percentage.

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 Braves September 2, 2013

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Suns This Morning (9/2)

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Suns pitcher Bryan Evans fired 7.2 shutout frames in Jacksonville's 3-0 win last night. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

Suns pitcher Bryan Evans fired 7.2 shutout frames in Jacksonville’s 3-0 win last night. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

The Suns took hold of first place thanks to a 3-0 shutout win over the Mississippi Braves, with the final game of the regular season set for this afternoon.

Suns starter Bryan Evans earned the win after yielding six hits and striking out seven in 7.2 frames for Jacksonville, while relievers Grant Dayton and Nick Wittgren combined for the final 1.1 innings.

1B Mark Canha broke the scoreless draw with a two-out RBI double down the left field line, plating 2B Austin Barnes, who had extended the inning with a two-out walk just prior, to make it 1-0.

The Suns would take advantage of a pair of errors on one play to add a pair of insurance tallies in the seventh. Isaac Galloway reached on a force attempt with two runners on, with the throw from short to second base going into right field. 3B Audy Ciraico would come across on that error, while an additional fielding miscue allowed LF Danny Black to score.

Black also made a fine defensive catch in left field in the third inning, robbing Braves OF Dan Brewer of extra bases.

With the win and Mobile’s loss, Jacksonville now leads the Southern League South Division second half standings by a half game over the BayBears with the final game of the regular season this afternoon. A Suns victory OR Mobile loss to Pensacola would give Jacksonville a second half division title.

The Suns are expected to give the ball to left-hander Justin Nicolino in the regular season finale, while the M-Braves are slated to send right-hander Mitch Atkins (5-2, 3.25 ERA) to the hill.

Jacksonville’s parent club, the Miami Marlins, shutout the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Sunday afternoon, keyed by a five-run third frame.

C Jeff Mathis drove home three runs and came a foot or so short of a grand slam in the that third inning, though he did drive home two with a double off the wall on the play. Former Suns outfielder Christian Yelich also collected a multi-hit effort in the victory.

Miami now travels to Wrigley Field for a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. The series opener is set for a 2:20 p.m. ET start time. RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90 ERA) is set to take the mound for the Marlins, while LHP Travis Wood (8-10, 3.09 ERA) is scheduled to toe the rubber for the Cubs.

Below is today’s Suns This Morning.

Florida Times-Union: “Suns Control Their Playoff Fate
Miami Herald: “Brian Flynn Likely To Make MLB Debut At Wrigley; Chris Coghlan ‘Back To Square One‘”
Sun Sentinel: “Eovaldi Mows Down Braves In Rare Rout
Palm Beach Post: “Eovaldi Dominates As Marlins Beat Braves 7-0
MLB.com: “Marisnick Working Through Growing Pains
Big League Stew: “Dodgers Pitcher Zack Greinke Steals Base For Second Time This Season
ESPN SweetSpot: “Uehara Has Helped Red Sox To Great Pen
USA TODAY: “Helton Reaches 2,500 Hits As Rockies Beat Reds 7-4

Suns Beat Braves 3-0, Set Up Clincher Monday

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by Matt Leland / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bryan Evans tossed seven and two thirds shutout innings and the Jacksonville Suns took advantage of two Mississippi Braves’ errors en route to a 3-0 win in game four of a five-game series at Bragan Field.

The victory sets up a win-and-they’re-in situation for the Suns in their regular season finale against Mississippi on Monday, with a triumph clinching the Southern League South division title. The win also propelled Jacksonville back into sole possession of first place by a half game over Mobile in the season’s second half.

“For us to come out the way we did tonight…was really gratifying,” Suns manager Andy Barkett said following the win. “But we’ve still got to win this ball game tomorrow.”

Evans surrendered just six hits in his second consecutive shutout outing, striking out seven and issuing no walks. He was lifted with a 3-0 lead and the bases loaded, walking off to a standing ovation before reliever Grant Dayton got Tommy LaStella to fly out to deep left to end the threat.

“[Evans] is mixing his pitches well and keeping hitters off balance,” Barkett said. “His changeup’s got good action to it and he’ll surprise you with his fastball.”

Jacksonville failed to put a runner on base through their first three innings against Braves right-hander Gus Schlosser (7-6) but broke through with two outs in the fourth. Austin Barnes drew a walk and came around to score on Mark Canha’s ringing double down the left field line, putting the Suns ahead 1-0.

Evans made the slim one-run lead stand until the seventh, when a pair of Braves errors helped plate two more Suns runs. With two runners on and one out, Isaac Galloway bounced a ball to third baseman Edward Salcedo. Salcedo’s throw to second base sailed into right field, allowing Audy Ciriaco to score the Suns’ second run.

Right fielder Dan Brewer’s ensuing throw home flew into the Suns dugout, sending Danny Black to home plate for a 3-0 Jacksonville lead.

Nick Wittgren pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first save as a member of the Suns.

Jacksonville can secure a second half South Division title with a win on Monday over Mississippi in the regular season finale, and could also clinch a playoff spot with a Mobile BayBears loss against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The only scenario leaving the Suns out of the playoffs involved a Jacksonville loss and a Mobile win.

The Suns will turn to left-hander Justin Nicolino (3-2, 4.46) to pitch them to a division title on Monday, opposed by Braves right-hander Mitch Atkins (5-2, 3.15). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. ET.

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 12:50 p.m. ET with Suns Sunday on the UF Health Suns Pre-Game Show.

Listen as Suns try to regain first place against Braves

Game Preview

RHP Bryan Evans is set to take the hill for the Suns in tonight’s contest (Roger C. Hoover).

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

With just two games left in the regular season, Jacksonville once again hopes to jump back into first place as they square off with the Mississippi Braves tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Bragan Field.

It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the ballpark, with thousands of dollars in prizes and two La-Z-Boy recliners will be given away during the game. In addition there will be a special Pre-Labor Day Fireworks show after the game brought to you by Southern Ford Dealers. All fans will also receive a team picture of the 2013 Suns Team Picture.

The Suns remain just a half game back of the Mobile BayBears despite Jacksonville’s win last night, due to Mobile’s comeback victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Suns are also 1.5 games behind the Mississippi Braves in the overall standings, which could come into play should the BayBears win the second half.

Right-hander Bryan Evans (6-5, 3.68 ERA) is expected to get the nod for Jacksonville in the fourth game of the series this evening. The 26-year-old had a career night in his last start on August 26 at Montgomery after firing a nine-inning complete game shutout, holding the Biscuits to just two hits while fanning nine batters. In ten starts this season, Evans has posted a 4-5 record and 4.33 ERA (25 ER in 52.0 IP), compared to a 2-0 mark and 2.89 ERA (4 ER in 19.0 IP) in ten relief appearances.

Mississippi meanwhile, is scheduled to send right-hander Gus Schlosser (7-5, 2.44 ERA) to the mound tonight at Bragan Field. The 24-year-old earned the victory in his most recent outing on August 26 versus Huntsville after relinquishing a lone earned run on just three hits, striking out seven in seven innings of work. In his only start against Jacksonville this year, Schlosser did not factor in the decision despite allowing just two earned runs on six hits in six 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 Health Suns Sunday Pregame Show beginning at 6:35 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.

Half Game Back With Two To Play: Despite the Suns’ victory over the Mississippi Braves last night, Jacksonville remains a half game behind the Mobile BayBears after Mobile’s come-from-behind victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. If the season were to end with the current standings, the Mississippi Braves would advance to the Southern League postseason as the Wild Card team, as league rules state that should a club win both halves, the team with the next best overall record would advance. Mobile won the first half of the South Division. The Braves lead the Suns by 1.5 games in the overall standings, meaning Jacksonville with wins tonight and tomorrow would be guaranteed a playoff berth regardless of Mobile’s final two games with Penscaola. Since 2005, when the Eastern and Western Divisions were realigned into North and South Divisions, the Wild Card has been used three times, including in both divisions in 2010. The Tennessee Smokies and Jacksonville Suns both won each half of their respective divisions that season, with the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx and Mobile BayBears moving on to the postseason. The Smokies also reached the postseason with the Wild Card in 2007 when the Huntsville Stars won both halves of the North Division.

Mr. Clutch: C/INF Austin Barnes once again delivered a pair of two-out clutch hits for the Suns in last night’s contest, driving in both the tying and winning runs in Jacksonville’s 5-3 win. The California native owns a .625 average (5-8) in his at bats with the Suns this year when coming to the plate with runners in scoring position and two outs. In his 17 contests for Jacksonville this season, Barnes has accumulated a .352 average (19-54) with eight runs, two doubles, two triples, a homer, six RBI and ten walks. Barnes has also posted a .453 on-base percentage since joining the Suns on August 6 from High-A Jupiter. Barnes also started last night at second base for the second time this season after not making a start at that position since September 9, 2012 with Single-A Greensboro. The catcher/infield has also been solid at Bragan Field in his eight games at home, recording a .524 clip (11-21) with a homer and six RBI.

Closing Time: Suns closer Michael Brady notched his Southern League leading 23rd save of the year last night in his 25th opportunity. Brady on Friday was named to the Southern League Post-Season All-Star Team as the league’s best relief pitcher. In save situations this season, Brady has accumulated a 0.33 ERA, allowing a lone earned run in 27.0 innings of work in those 25 chances, in addition to recording a 0.78 WHIP. Opposing hitters have also managed just a .188 batting average (18-96) against the 26-year-old in those spots. Brady has also finished 44 games this season, which ranks first in the Southern League.

Evans Looking To Build Off Last Start: Tonight’s Suns starter Bryan Evans is coming off one of, if not the best, starts in his career after firing a nine-inning complete game shutout on August 26 at Montgomery. It was the first career nine-inning complete game, as well as shutout for the 26-year-old Evans in his professional career. That outing also marked the first time a Suns starter fired a nine-inning complete game shutout since former Suns RHP Elih Villanueva accomplished that feat on July 7, 2010 versus the Tennessee Smokies. It was also just the fifth time dating back through the 2005 season a Jacksonville hurler has accomplished that task, along with RHP T.J. Nall (7/4/06 at CAR), RHP Heath Totten (6/21/06 vs. MTG), and RHP Eric Hull (6/4/05 at CHA). Evans’ two hits yielded are tied for fewest among those outings with Nall’s two base knocks allowed in his start against the Mudcats.

Suns Spots: The Suns own a 51-14 record (.785) when scoring first this season, which ranks first in the Southern League…The club has also accumulated a 44-13 mark (.772) when scoring last, which is good for second in the circuit…Six of the eight games played between Jacksonville and Mississippi have been decided by two runs or less, including each of the three games in this series…The Suns own a 4-2 tally in those games…Jacksonville pitchers combined for a 2.89 ERA (80 ER in 249.0 IP) in 29 games in the month of August, which ranked second in the Southern League…Only Mobile’s 2.40 ERA (66 ER in 248.0 IP) this past month was better…INF Jaime Pedroza in his eight games against the Suns this year has posted a .409 average (9-22) with five runs, a homer and four RBI, while OF Jose Martinez his in his seven games versus Jacksonville owns .364 average (8-22) with four runs, a homer and an RBI.

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.

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An updated look at the second half South Division title race

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9-1 2nd Half Standings

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

After 134 games this year, the Suns’ playoff aspirations come down to these final two contests. Jacksonville enters tonight a half game back of the Mobile BayBears for first place in the South Division second half standings, while the Suns are a game ahead of the Mississippi Braves.

There are 16 different permutations for the next two days for what can happen between the Suns and BayBears. Five of them (or 31%) of those different scenarios favor Jacksonville. They would need to win both tonight and tomorrow night, in addition to at least one Mobile loss, or the BayBears would need to lose both, while the Suns would have to win just one of the next two contests if that were to happen.

As for the Braves, they can clinch the Wild Card spot tonight should they win, coupled with a BayBears victory. There is no scenario for the Suns that would clinch them a playoff berth tonight.

Things get complicated too by the fact that the BayBears won the first half title earlier this year. League rules state that should a team win both halves, the club with the next best overall record would move on to the postseason. Here’s how the overall standings currently stack up:

9-1 Overall Standings

Mississippi leads Jacksonville by 1.5 games in the overall standings, so should the Suns win the next two games, they would be guaranteed a postseason berth no matter how Mobile finishes.

Over the next two days, there’s sure to be a playoff atmosphere both in Jacksonville at Bragan Field and in Mobile, Ala. at Hank Aaron Stadium. The BayBears tonight face the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 6:05 p.m. ET, while the Suns and Braves start at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Suns This Morning (9/1)

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Austin Barnes provided two clutch hits in the Suns’ 5-3 win over Mississippi last night.

By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns

After falling behind by three early runs, the Suns mounted a comeback, with second baseman Austin Barnes once again providing a pair of clutch hits as Jacksonville topped the Mississippi Braves 5-3 on Saturday night at Bragan Field.

Despite the victory, the Suns are still a half game out of first place with two contests remaining after Mobile’s come-from-behind walk-off win last night over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Jacksonville is also 1.5 games behind the Braves for the Wild Card spot, which would go into effect should the BayBears win the second half.

Tied at three going into the seventh, the Suns would take their first and only lead of the contest. Pinch hitter Taylor Krick drew a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, before the stage would be set for Barnes with two out. Barnes triple to right-center, breaking the draw and putting Jacksonville ahead 4-3. The Suns would add a late insurance run in the next frame.

It was Barnes who also tied things up in the fifth, when he singled into center with two out to bring home RF Brent Keys from second. C J.T. Realmuto started the comeback with an RBI triple in the fourth, prior to coming home on a passed ball to make it a one-run game at 3-2.

Mississippi took advantage of a Suns error for their first tally in the second, while an RBI double by SS Jaime Pedroza and sacrifice fly off the bat of 3B Barrett Kleinknecht in the fourth moved the Braves ahead 3-0.

Reliever Collin Cargill (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO) earned his fourth win of the season with a hitless frame in support of starter Adam Conley (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO), while Nick Wittgren (1.0 IP, 2 SO) received his second hold and closer Michael Brady (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) notched his league-leading 23rd save.

The Suns and Braves meet again in the fourth game of their series tonight at Bragan Field for a special 7:05 p.m. Sunday start time. Jacksonville is expected to give the ball to RHP Bryan Evans (6-5, 3.68 ERA), while Mississippi is slated to send RHP Gus Schlosser (7-5, 2.44 ERA) to the hill.

The Miami Marlins meanwhile, the Suns’ parent club, fell in walk-off fashion to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, with B.J. Upton delivering the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th for a 5-4 Braves win.

Former Suns outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Giancarlo Stanton each homered in the loss, with Ruggiano totaling two hits, while fellow Jacksonville alum Christian Yelich also tallied a base knock in the defeat.

Miami and Atlanta will wrap up their three-game set with a 5:00 p.m. first pitch time at Turner Field. The Marlins are anticipated to give the nod to RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-5, 3.76 ERA), while LHP Alex Wood (3-2, 2.27 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Braves.

Below is today’s Suns This Morning.

Florida Times-Union: “Suns Rally Past Mississippi
Miami Herald: “Marlins Rally, Then Fall To Braves In 11th
Sun Sentinel: “Fernandez Likely To Get Two More Starts At Home
Palm Beach Post: “B.J. Upton Lifts Braves Past Marlins In 11th, 5-4
MLB.com: “Coghlan Among Callups On First Day Roster Expands
Big League Stew: “Reds Set To Make Billy Hamilton A September Callup
The Detroit News: “Miguel Cabrera Evokes Memories Of Rogers Hornsby, Greatest Right-Handed Hitter Ever
ESPN SweetSpot: “Who Could Break Hershiser’s Record?