Four-Run Fourth Bolsters Braves To 5-1 Win Over Suns

Game Recap

PEARL, MS – The Mississippi Braves (11-15) used a two-run home run and a two-run triple in the fourth inning to power their way to a 5-1 win over the Jacksonville Suns (12-14) in the opening game of a five-game series from Trustmark Park on Wednesday.

Hear manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

After being shut down by Anthony DeSclafani in the first three innings, the Braves found success against him the second time through the order, receiving a two-run homer from Seth Loman (HR, 5) and a two-run triple from David Rohm to give Mississippi Braves a 4-0 lead through five innings. Mississippi added another run on the first home run of the year from Elmer Reyes (HR, 1) in the fifth to complete their scoring.

Jacksonville would get their lone run in the top of the eighth inning thanks to a double off the bat of J.T. Realmuto, scoring Danny Black to spoil the shutout.

Jacksonville was unable to capitalize on numerous potential scoring opportunities, finishing 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday, leaving nine men on base in the process.

Aaron Northcraft (W, 2-1) earned his second win of 2014 by shutting out the Suns through five innings, allowing only two hits in the process, while finishing with six strikeouts.

Anthony DeSclafani (L, 3-3) dropped his second straight start for Jacksonville after allowing five runs (all earned) on seven hits in five innings of work, while striking out two batters and failing to walk a single Brave on Wednesday.

The Suns received two innings of scoreless relief from Tyler Higgins, with Greg Nappo coming on to throw a perfect bottom of the eighth inning.

Danny Black, Alex Burg, and J.T. Realmuto each had multi-hit games in Wednesday’s loss.

The Suns and Braves will be back at it Thursday night, as game two is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. ET from Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS. The Suns will send out the lefty Andrew Heaney (2-1, 2.25) and will be countered by Braves right-hander David Bromberg (0-2, 2.70).

Suns fans can listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show.

The 2014 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season / individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Listen As Suns Begin Road Trip In Mississippi At Noon

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Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Following a day off Tuesday the Jacksonville Suns (12-13) are back to work beginning a five game series with Mississippi (10-15) which gets underway at Trustmark Park on Wednesday. Game one between the Suns and Braves is set for a Noon ET first pitch.

Jacksonville enters the matchup fresh off back to back victories to close out the series with division leading Montgomery. Mississippi comes in with some momentum as well. The Braves won a rubber match on Monday to claim three of five from Pensacola. It served as Mississippi’s first series victory of the 2014.

Anthony DeSclafini (3-2, 3.77) receives the nod as manager Andy Barkeett’s starting pitcher for game one of the new series. Emerging from the home dugout will be right-hander Aaron Northcraft (1-1, 4.63). Northcraft will be making his third start of the season for Mississippi.

Jacksonville won the series over the Braves last season 6 games to 4, winning both the home and away sets by identical 3 games to 2 decisions. The teams are scheduled to meet for only a single series in each city again this year. Once this week’s contests in Mississippi are complete, the clubs will not meet again until August 6-10 at Bragan Field in Jacksonville.

Ironically, the Braves and Suns face off at the same time their parent organizations are the midst of a National League Eastern Division series in Miami. The Marlins took game one on Tuesday by a final of 9-0.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with the “Voice of the Suns” Roger Hoover providing play by play. Hoover is now in his third season as Jacksonville’s Director of Broadcasting. He is assisted by Michael West and Jason Patterson. West and Patterson will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-game Show beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Mississippi (10-15, T-4th SL South) @ Jacksonville (12-13, 3rd SL South)

Starters: JAX : RHP Anthony DeSclafani (3-2, 3.77) MIS: RHP Aaron Northcraft (1-1, 4.63) MIS:

Series: Begins today

Who’s Hot: Rich Poythress (3 for 4 in the finale of the Montgomery Series)

Sun Spots: Here are few notes to consider heading into tonight’s game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Michael West:

– With Jacksonville’s 4-3 win on Monday, the Suns secured a winning 10-game homestand (finished 6-4).
– Danny Black had his 10-game hitting streak snapped in Monday’s 4-3 win (finished 0-for-3 with a walk).
– After last pitching with the Suns on April 7, 2012, Matt Montgomery earned the win in his first professional appearance in more than two years (Tommy John surgery).
– All nine of Grant Dayton’s outings have been scoreless (12.2 innings, 0 runs, 15 strikeouts)
– By throwing out Ryan Brett stealing third base on Monday, J.T. Realmuto now leads the Southern League in
caught stealing percentage at .467 (caught seven of 15 would-be base stealers in 2014).

Today’s broadcast will air on the Suns Baseball Network’s flagship station 94.1 Classic Rock WSOS-FM. It can also be found via the Suns’ mobile app. Click the link below to listen online.

Listen Live to the Suns and Braves – April 30, 2014

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Southern League Central – April 30, 2014

Southern League Central

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Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Here’s a look at the current Southern League standings:

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New series beginning this week:

Huntsville Stars @ Montgomery Biscuits: The only game occupying the Southern League schedule on Tuesday was canceled due to severe wether in theMontgomery area. This means all five of the new series are now set to begin on Wednesday.

Today’s Starters: HVL: Tyler Cravy (3-1, 2.33) MTG: Victor Mateo (3-2, 3.38)

Jacksonville Suns @ Mississippi Braves:

Today’s Starters: JAX : Anthony DeSclafani (3-2, 3.77) MIS: Aaron Northcraft (1-1, 4.63)

Tennessee Smokies @ Chattanooga Lookouts:

Tonight’s Starters: TNS : TBD (0-0, 0.00) CHT: Carlos Frias (2-1, 3.38)

Mobile BayBears @ Birmingham Barons:

Tonight’s Starters: MOB : A.J. Schugel (1-0, 3.80) BIR: Nick McCully (2-0, 2.21)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ Jackson Generals:

Tonight’s Starters: PNS : TBD (0-0, 0.00) JXN: James Gillheeney (0-0, 3.60)

Realmuto’s Late Homer Gives Suns 4-3 Win

Game Recap

JACKSONVILLE, FL – In a back-and-forth affair, J.T. Realmuto put the Jacksonville Suns (12-13) up for good with a solo home run in the eighth inning, giving Jacksonville a 4-3 win over the Montgomery Biscuits (16-9) in Monday’s series finale from Bragan Field.

Hear manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

Jose Urena left in line for the win but was given a no decision after allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits in 5.0 innings of work, while not walking a batter and striking out four Biscuits.

After coming off Tommy John surgery, Matt Montgomery (W, 1-0; BS, 1) got the win in his first live action since April 7, 2012. After allowing the Biscuits to tie the game in the sixth inning, Montgomery scoreless seventh and eighth innings before Grant Dayton (SV, 3) nailed down his third save of the year.

After the Biscuits struck first on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning, the Suns leveled up the ballgame at 1-1 following a one-out solo home run off the bat of Rich Poythress (HR, 3) in the bottom of the second.

The Biscuits wound up re-taking the lead thanks to Ryan Brett’s RBI double in the top of the fifth, but their lead would be short-lived.

Isaac Galloway ripped a two-run single to give the Suns their first lead of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning.

However, Ryan Brett would strike again for the Biscuits in the top of the seventh, as his RBI triple tied the ballgame up at 3-3.

Jacksonville had the last laugh Monday afternoon, as J.T. Realmuto (HR, 3) launched a solo home run well beyond the left field wall, giving the Suns a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Bryce Stowell (L, 0-1) took the loss for the Biscuits after surrendering the solo blast to Realmuto, allowing one run on two hits altogether in his two innings of work.

After going hitless in three at-bats, Danny Black had his 10-game hitting streak snapped on Monday.

Ryan Brett finished a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate in Monday’s contest and went 14-for-26 overall in his series against the Suns.

Jacksonville is off on Tuesday, but will kick off a 10-game road trip starting with a five-game series with the Mississippi Braves beginning on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Suns fans can listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show.

The 2014 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season / individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Listen As Suns-Biscuits Close Out Series At 11:05 ET

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Jacksonville (11-13) will close out the first ten game home stand of the year at Bragan Field with a Monday morning start. Montgomery (16-8) remains in town for the finale of an early season Southern League South Division battle. The scheduled time of the getaway-day first pitch is 11:05 a.m. ET.

The Suns played what could easily be viewed as the team’s most complete game of the year on Sunday, culminating in a 10-0 shutout of the Biscuits. Left-hander Justin Nicolino was masterful and the offense came to life in support of the southpaw, with ten early runs.

While Montgomery secured the series after winning the first three games, Jacksonville is in a position to build further momentum by finishing off the five game set with back to back victories.

Jose Urena (1-2, 7.45) will take his turn in the rotation for the early morning start. The Biscuits will counter with a right-hander of their own. Matt Neil will be making his first start of the season. He has made two appearances in relief and holds a 1-0 record with a 3.68 earned run average, striking out eight batters in just seven and one-third innings pitched.

Montgomery is off to the best start in franchise history and currently possesses the top overall record in the Southern League. Jacksonville is now just five games out of first place after gaining ground with Sunday’s win. The two clubs will begin another five game series in Montgomery one week from today.

The Biscuits won the season series with the Suns in 2013 by a count of 9-6 , taking three of the five games in Jacksonville. The Suns still hold the all-time advantage by a count of 101-89. Surprisingly, Montgomery has played slightly better in the River City, accumulating a 46-42 advantage here in Jacksonville.

Rafael Furcal remains with the Miami Marlins Double-A affiliate on a rehab assignment this week. The Suns roster also boasts the reigning Southern League Player and Pitcher of the Week in J.T. Realmuto and Andrew Heaney.

Monday’s early game marks “Celebration of Reading Day.” School kids from all over Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are invited to come out to The Baseball Grounds and display their school spirit. There will also be a special banner contest for a chance to win great prizes.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with the “Voice of the Suns” Roger Hoover providing play by play. Hoover is now in his third season as Jacksonville’s Director of Broadcasting. He is assisted by Michael West and Jason Patterson. West and Patterson will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-game Show beginning at 10:50 a.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Montgomery (16-8, 1st SL South) @ Jacksonville (11-13, 3rd SL South)

Starters: MTG : RHP Matt Neil (1-0, 3.68) JAX: RHP Jose Urena (1-2, 7.45)

Series: Montgomery leads series 3-1

Who’s Hot: Danny Black (riding a ten game hitting streak)

Sun Spots: Here are few notes to consider heading into tonight’s game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Michael West:

– The last 20 Montgomery hitters were retired in order to end Sunday’s game (Nicolino retired 17 straight, with Edgar Olmos finishing off the final three in the ninth inning).
– With six runs in the bottom of the third, the Suns set a new season-high for runs scored in a single inning.
– Justin Nicolino worked a career-high eight innings in Sunday’s ballgame (only allowed three hits).
– Alex Burg has four multi-hit efforts over his last six games (9-for-16, 6 RBI, 6 runs, 4 walks in that stretch).
– With his third inning single, Danny Black extended his hitting streak to ten games, which now stands as the top active streak in the SL, and the second longest in the SL this year (BIR – Trayce Thompson, 12 games).

Tonight’s broadcast will air on the Suns Baseball Network’s flagship station 94.1 Classic Rock WSOS-FM. It can also be found via the Suns’ mobile app. Click the link below to listen online.

Listen Live to the Suns and Biscuits – April 28, 2014

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Southern League Central – April 28, 2014

Southern League Central

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Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Here’s a look at the current Southern League standings:

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Sunday’s Recaps / Monday’s Matchups:

Jacksonville 10 Montgomery Biscuits 0: Justin Nicolino (W, 2-2, 2.83) worked eight scoreless innings for Jacksonville, propelling the Suns to their first victory of the series with division leading Montgomery. The offensive support which the left-hander received was more than enough. The run total Jacksonville accumulated in Sunday afternoon’s game exceeded the Suns production in the prior three games of the series combined. All of the scoring came in consecutive innings. The Suns came to life during a four run second frame, then bettered that with six runs in the third. Danny Black extended his hitting streak to ten games in the process and Austin Nola had a pair of RBI knocks for the Suns, who pounded out 13 hits en route to their eleventh win of the season.

Today’s Starters: MTG : Matt Neil (1-0, 3.68) JAX: Jose Urena (1-2, 7.45)

Montgomery leads series 3-1

Birmingham Barons 7 Chattanooga Lookouts 2 (8): In a rain shortened contest in Chattanooga, the Barons broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning by scoring four times in the frame. They would add two more runs in the top of the eight to arrive at the final. Chattanooga secured lone runs in the first and 7th innings, off only four total hits. Rangel Ravelo led the way for the Barons. The Birmingham first baseman was three for four with a trio of doubles and a pair of runs driven in, along with a run scored for the visitors. Scott Snodgress and Parker Frazier (W, 1-1, 2.45) combined to hold the Barons down for seven innings, with the game called in the 8th.

Tonight’s Starters: BIR : Terry Doyle (2-2, 6.00) CHT: Garrett Gould (0-4, 8.31)

Chattanooga leads series 3-1

Tennessee Smokies 2 Huntsville Stars 1: Tennessee scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 2nd inning to tie the game, then used a 7th inning blast by Dustin Geiger (5) to win it. Huntsville ended the day with only a single run and a single hit. Shawn Zarraga was the only player in the Stars lineup to secure a hit off any of the three members of Tennessee’s staff who combined to shut things down. Peirce Johnson worked the first four innings, giving up only one hit, but walking eight batters. Hunter Cervenka (W, 2-0) and Armando Rivero (S, 4) combined to allow nothing the rest of the way. Josh Prince walked and scored Huntsville’s only run in the first inning.

Tonight’s Starters: HVL : Brent Suter (3-0, 1.08) TNS: Corey Black (1-1, 2.65)

Huntsville leads series 3-1

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2 Mississippi Braves 0: Lone runs in the fifth and eighth inning would be sufficient to secure victory for the Blue Wahoos thanks to an outstanding start from Jon Moscot. The right-hander picked up his first win of the year and lowered his E.R.A. to 2.08. The teams combined for only eight total hits. Mississippi found it difficult to overcome the game’s only two errors. One of those errors came with Moscot at the plate and allowed Jaun Silverio to score the game’s decisive run. Jamie Walczak worked a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season.

Tonight’s Starters: MIS : J.R. Graham (0-1, 1.17) PNS: Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 1.52)

Series tied 2-2

Mobile BayBears 8 Jackson Generals 1:. The BayBears continued their dominance in this series, scoring 8 runs across the first three innings on the way to a fourth straight win. Mike Freeman blew the lead open with a three run homer in the 2nd inning, his 4th. Freeman later tripled in the contest, which saw him finish 2 for 5. Starter Michael Lee (W, 3-2, 3.90) held Jackson down across seven strong innings. Second baseman Jack Marder was 3 for 3 in the losing effort for Jackson. The Generals were also responsible for a couple of costly errors, one of which helped things get out of hand early since it was made just ahead of a two-RBI double by Jake Lamb. The BayBears will try for the rare five game sweep in the series on Monday.

Today’s Starters: JXN : Cam Hobson (2-1, 3.97) MOB: Bryan Woodall (0-1, 2.08)

Mobile leads series 4-0

Nicolino, Big Innings Help Suns Batter Biscuits 10-0

Game Recap

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Backed by an onslaught of early runs and a brilliant outing from Justin Nicolino (W, 2-2), the Jacksonville Suns (11-13) used ten runs between the second and third innings to cruise to a 10-0 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits (16-8) Sunday afternoon from Bragan Field.

Hear manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

Nicolino held the Biscuits scoreless through a career-high eight economical innings, allowing just three hits while walking one batter and recording four strikeouts. Nicolino retired each of the final 17 batters he faced in his outing to earn his second win of 2014.

After being retired in order in the bottom of the first inning, the Suns broke through for four runs in the bottom of the second inning, receiving a two-run single from Austin Nola, a sacrifice fly from Isaac Galloway and a run-scoring double off the bat of Alfredo Lopez in the frame.

The Suns picked up where they left off as they batted around in the third inning, scoring six runs in the process. Jacksonville received RBI singles from Austin Nola and Danny Black and a two-run double from Brady Shoemaker. Two additional runs scored on an error by Ryan Brett on a ball off the bat of Alfredo Lopez in the inning.

Edgar Olmos finished off the game for the Suns, working a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a non-save situation.

Michael Colla (L, 1-3) took the loss after allowing 10 runs (four earned) on nine hits in 2.2 innings of work while finishing with two walks and two strikeouts. The Biscuits received 5.1 scoreless innings of relief from Andrew Bellatti and Braulio Lara to complete Sunday’s ballgame.

The last 20 Biscuits to come to the plate were retired in order; with the last base runner the Biscuits had being back in the third inning when Joey Rickard drew a one-out walk.

Five different Suns had multi-hit games, with Danny Black, Brady Shoemaker, Alex Burg, Wilfredo Gimenez and Austin Nola all finishing Sunday’s game with two hits apiece.

Two Suns drove in multiple runs in Sunday’s winning effort, with Austin Nola driving in a season-best three runs batted in and Brady Shoemaker finishing with two RBI.

Danny Black extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest active streak in the Southern League and the second longest in the Southern League this season (Birmingham’s Trayce Thompson had a 12-game hitting streak from April 4 – April 16).

Jacksonville and Montgomery will be back at it tomorrow morning at 11:05 a.m. ET for the finale of this 10-game homestand at Bragan Field. The Suns will send out the right-hander Jose Urena (1-2, 6.28) to the mound on Monday morning, and he’s set to be opposed by former Sun and current Biscuits righty Matt Neil (1-0, 3.68).

Suns fans can listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 10:50 a.m. ET with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show on Suns Sunday.

The 2014 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season / individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Listen To Game Four Between Suns And Biscuits Today At 3:05 ET

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After an extra inning affair on Saturday night, the Jacksonville Suns (10-13) and Montgomery Biscuits (16-7) return to action in an afternoon tilt at Bragan Field Sunday. Game four of the series is slated to be underway at 3:05 p.m. ET Sunday.

Montgomery has secured a series win by capturing the first three games of the series, including back to back come from behind victories the past two nights. The Biscuits exploded for six runs in the eleventh inning last night to secure the team’s fourth consecutive overall. The club has now secured victory in ten of its last eleven games.

Justin Nicolino will be called upon to try and break the streak for Jacksonville. Nicolino brings in a 1-2 record and a 3.92 E.R.A. through four starts. Mike Colla (1-2, 4.57) will seek to keep things rolling for Montgomery. The right-hander will be looking for his second win of the season.

The Biscuits are off to the best start in franchise history and currently possess the best overall record in the Southern League. Jacksonville is now six games out of first place coming into the matchup. The Suns have just two chances remaining to gain ground on the division leaders during this home stand.

Montgomery won the season series with the Suns in 2013 by a count of 9-6 , taking three of the five games in Jacksonville. The Suns still hold the all-time advantage over the Biscuits by a count of 100-89. Surprisingly, Montgomery has played better in the River City, holding a 46-41 advantage here in Jacksonville.

Rafael Furcal remains with the Miami Marlins Double-A affiliate on a rehab assignment this week. The Suns roster also boasts the reigning Southern League Player and Pitcher of the Week in J.T. Realmuto and Andrew Heaney.

Sunday is expected to be a big day for kids of all ages. Billy The Marlin has made the trip from Miami to interact with fans and provide entertainment for the afternoon. Don’t miss this unique chance to see the Miami Marlins mascot in Jacksonville.

The Suns “Kid’s Clinic” takes place on the field prior to today’s matchup. Kids who arrive early will be able to participate in the clinic, which will be conducted by Suns players and coaches. The instruction will run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and is presented by The Florida Times-Union, CW-17, 107.3 JACK-FM and 97.9 KISS-FM.

Young fans will also want to stick around after the game as all kids will be invited to run the bases. This opportunity is presented after each Sunday home game this season. It is made possible by Vystar Credit Union.

April 27 has been designated Autism awareness day. The community is encouraged to join the Jacksonville Suns in highlighting this very important cause.

Today’s game is being televised locally by CW-17 . It is the second of eleven contests scheduled to be broadcast live in high-definition. Roger Hoover will be providing the play by play on the television side. Hoover is now in his third season as Jacksonville’s Director of Broadcasting. He will be joined by Suns owner, Peter Bragan Jr., who will be the color analyst for the television broadcasts.

Fans can also listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, with Michael West providing play by play. He is assisted by Jason Patterson. West and Patterson will also host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-game Show beginning at 2:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Montgomery (16-7, 1st SL South) @ Jacksonville (10-13, 3rd SL South)

Starters: MTG : RHP Mike Colla (1-2, 4.57) JAX: LHP Justin Nicolino (1-2, 3.92)

Series: Montgomery leads series 3-0

Who’s Hot: Danny Black (riding a nine game hitting streak, tripled and scored on Saturday)

Sun Spots: Here are few notes to consider heading into tonight’s game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Michael West:

– With his first inning triple, Danny Black extended his hitting streak to nine games, which is tied for the top active streak in the Southern League along with Kris Bryant (Tennessee), Curt Casali (Montgomery) and Yorman Rodriguez (Pensacola).
– Jacksonville lost for the first time this year when holding a lead after six innings (were previously 8-0).
– With three errors on Saturday, the Suns have committed a Southern League-high 34 errors.
– Over his last five games, Alex Burg has three multi-hit games and is 7-for-12 with six RBI, four runs and three walks overall.
– After falling 8-2 in 11 innings in Saturday’s contest, the Suns are now 0-3 when Angel Sanchez delivers a quality start (L, 1-0 @ Birmingham; L, 5-4 @ Chattanooga; L, 8-2 vs. Montgomery).
Tonight’s broadcast will air on the Suns Baseball Network’s flagship station 94.1 Classic Rock WSOS-FM. It can also be found via the Suns’ mobile app. Click the link below to listen online.

Listen Live to the Suns and Biscuits – April 27, 2014

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Southern League Central – April 27, 2014

Southern League Central

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Here’s a look at the current Southern League standings:

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Saturday’s Recaps / Sunday’s Matchups:

Montgomery Biscuits 8 Jacksonville Suns 2 (11): Six runs in the top of the eleventh inning secured not only a Saturday night victory for Montgomery, but also yet another series win for the red-hot Biscuits. In a game full of twists and turns, the major turning point proved to be an eighth inning home plate collision on the would-be go ahead run for the home team. Jacksonville led 2-0 early in the game, but remained unable to hold the leads they have built in this series against he league’s best team to this juncture. In a little further controversy the go ahead run came home to score on the eleventh as the result of a bases loaded balk call. Following this, the Biscuits took control. The blast which put the game away in extras was provided by Willie Argo. It was a three-run shot, his second of the season.

Tonight’s Starters: MTG : Mike Colla (1-2, 4.57) JAX: Justin Nicolino (1-2, 3.92)

Montgomery leads series 3-0

Chattanooga Lookouts 4 Birmingham Barons 1: The Lookouts plated all four runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to erase a one run deficit and set the final. Jeremy Hazelbaker singled to begin the four run rally, but was thrown out at home after Daniel Mayora doubled into right field. Surprisingly enough it did not kill the rally. From there, Chattanooga came to life thanks to a O’Koyea Dickson 2 RBI double and a Scott Schebler RBI triple. The scoring was complete when Brian Cavazos-Galvez added a three-bagger of his on which scored Schebler easily. That single inning was the story of the third straight Lookouts win.

Tonight’s Starters: BIR : Scott Snodgress (1-2, 7.11) CHT: Andres Santiago (0-1, 5.40)

Chattanooga leads series 3-0

Huntsville Stars 4 Tennessee Smokies 3 (13): Tennessee tied the game at 4-4 with a run in the bottom of the 6th inning. It remained as such until the top of the thirteenth. Nick Ramirez provided the home run in extras which settled the affair and kept Huntsville unbeaten in the series. Tennessee tried to answer with a lead-off single from Rubi Silva in the bottom of the inning, but we was left stranded in scoring position when Johnnie Lowe was able to get Wes Darvill to ground out, ending the game. Lowe ended up getting the decision, becoming the winning pitcher after throwing the 12th and 13th innings for the visitors. It was Lowe’s first win of the season.

Tonight’s Starters: HVL : Taylor Jungmann (1-2) TNS: TBD (0-0, 0.00)

Huntsville leads series 3-0

Mississippi Braves 6 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3: In another game which remained tied through the middle innings, the Braves plated a pair of runs in the 7th to break the 3-3 tie. They would add one more in the 8th for good measure. When all was said and done, Mississippi had taken control of the series, thanks to a steady diet of home runs in the ballgame. Mycal Jones has been quite a fire-starter for the Braves, hitting a leadoff home run in each of the last two contests. He was joined in the HR department by Braeden Schlehuber and Kyle Kubitza. Kubitza was responsible for two of the four homers, his only two of the season thus far.

Tonight’s Starters: MIS : Williams Perez (2-1, 1.77) PNS: Jon Moscot (0-1, 2.82)

Mississippi leads series 2-1

Mobile BayBears 6 Jackson Generals 2: After both teams picked up a run in the first inning, Mobile doubled up their efforts in inning number two. The BayBears held that 3-1 lead into the 5th, when Jackson pulled as close as the Generals would get. Mobile added one more in the 6th and two in the 7th to put the game out of reach. As the final totals for the BayBeards indicated, they were very efficient with their opportunities. Six runs came home to score on just as many hits. Starter Andrew Chafin improved to 2-0 for the home team. Jabari Blash provided his fifth home run on the season in a losing effort for Jackson. Both David Peralta and Mike Freeman homered for Mobile.

Tonight’s Starters: JXN : Stephen Landazuri (3-1, 1.96) MOB: Michael Lee (2-2, 4.70)

Mobile leads series 3-0

Suns Announce Roster Moves – April 27, 2014

Breaking News, Roster Moves

New Suns pitcher Matt Montgomery. Photo Courtesy: Jupiter Hammerheads

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

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

Right-handed relief pitcher Matt Montgomery has been reinstated to the Suns roster from the disabled list. Montgomery began the year on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last spring. He pitched in one game for the Suns in 2012, and is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in his career at the Double-A level. Montgomery was selected by the Marlins in the 10th round of the 2009 draft out of University of California-Riverside.

In a corresponding move, right-handed relief pitcher Joel Effertz has been transferred from the Suns to Single-A Greensboro. Effertz pitched for the Suns in one game, only giving up one base hit in two scoreless innings. In five games with the Grasshoppers, Effertz had no wins or losses and a 1.93 ERA, with only one walk and eight strikeouts through his nine and a third innings on the mound. Effertz was selected by the Marlins in the 28th round of the 2013 Draft out of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

The Suns roster stands at 25 plus Miami Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal on his MLB rehab assignment, and a revised roster is attached.

Jacksonville and Montgomery will be back at it today at 3:05 p.m. ET at Bragan Field. The Suns will send out the lefty Justin Nicolino (1-2, 4.35) to the mound on Sunday, and he’s set to be opposed by Biscuits right-hander Mike Colla (1-2, 4.57).

Suns fans can listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 2:35 p.m. ET with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show on Suns Sunday.

Additionally, fans can watch the Jacksonville Suns live in HD on CW 17 (cable channel 435) with Suns broadcaster Roger Hoover and Suns President & Owner Peter Bragan, Jr. bringing you all the action from Sunday’s contest.

The 2014 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season / individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.