Early Runs Help Wahoos Whiz Past Suns 8-0

Game Recap

PENSACOLA, FL– The Jacksonville Suns (29-27) left a season-high 15 men on base as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (23-33) utilized seven runs in the first two innings to power their way to a series-opening 8-0 shutout victory on Saturday at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

Listen to manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

Daniel Corcino (W, 5-4) did well to scatter 10 hits and not allow any runs over his seven innings of work, picking up his fifth win of the year in the process. Corcino finished with three walks and five strikeouts.

Jose Urena (L, 5-3) was dealt the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 4.0 innings of work, while issuing a pair of walks and striking out two Blue Wahoos. Urena was issued a loss for the first time since April 13th at Birmingham.

Matt Montgomery allowed one hit and one run, coming on one swing of the bat from Juan Silverio, in his two innings of action. Tyler Higgins and Joey O’Gara each worked scoreless innings of relief to finish off the ballgame for the Suns.

The Blue Wahoos wasted no time getting the scoring started on Saturday night, plating five runs in the bottom of the first inning highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Travis Mattair (HR, 5).

Pensacola continued their early onslaught on Jose Urena with an additional two runs in the bottom of the second inning to open up a 7-0 lead after two innings of play.

Juan Silverio (HR, 8) began the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homer to left to extend Pensacola’s lead to 8-0 over the Suns and cap off Saturday’s scoring.

The Suns and Blue Wahoos will be back at it on Sunday, with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. CT (5:00 p.m. ET) at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Suns are set to start left-hander Chipper Smith (1-0, 1.53) and he’ll be countered by Pensacola right-hander Robert Stephenson (2-4, 3.26).

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 4:30 p.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.

Below are two highlights from Saturday’s ballgame:

Southern League Central – May 31, 2014

Breaking News

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The Huntsville Stars have placed Tennesssee squarely behind them with the Southern League’s first sweep of the 2014 season. (Photo courtesy: Alabama Media Group, al.com)

By Jason Patterson/ Jacksonville Suns

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

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Yesterday’s Recaps / Today’s Matchups:

Montgomery Biscuits 5 Jacksonville Suns 4: The Suns rallied in the 9th inning, but it would not be enough to secure the series sweep. Montgomery salvaged the final game of an extended six game series, by building an early lead and holding on late. Jacksonville’s two run rally in the 9th came up just short. There were no home runs in the contest and the teams combined for only sixteen total hits. Mike Colla (W, 2-6, 5.31) picked up the win for Montgomery. The Biscuits scored all five runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Jeff Malm drove in a pair of runs in the visitor’s cause. The Suns could not overcome four errors across the course of the contest. Jacksonville did use the series to catapult themselves back into the thick of the Southern League’s South Division pennant race. 

Jacksonville takes series 5-1

Huntsville Stars 5 Tennessee Smokies 1: Huntsville completed the sweep of the Tennessee Smokies, all but securing their place in the 2014 Southern League Playoffs in the process. The Stars won the first game of the series which was not decided by a single run, and one of only two games that did not require home standing Huntsville to come from behind. A pair of runs int eh 5th and 6th innings preceded the final score in the 8th for the Stars. Nick Ramirez belted his tenth homer in the contest for the Stars. The only guy he trails in that category, yet Kris Bryant of the Smokies also homered, pushing his league leading total to seventeen. The Stars have now won thirty-eight games on the season and are working with a  magic number of four.

Huntsville sweeps series 5-0

Mobile BayBears 8 Jackson Generals 2: Mobile remained out front in the South, though they saw their lead continue to shrink, by a half game, in spite of the victory over Jackson.  The BayBears took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, added a pair in both the 2nd and the 3rd to make it 6-2 right out of the gate. Jackson was only able to muster lone runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. A couple of Mobile runs for good measure coming as single scores in the 6th and 7th made up the final. Fitzgerald (W, 4-0, 3.86) remained unbeaten on the season.  Mobile is clinging to a one game South Division lead with a record of 33-21 in 2014.

Mobile takes series 3-2

Game 1-Mississippi Braves 7 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0:  The true definition of a twin-bill saw the Braves close in a little further in the division standings. Mississippi used identical scores in both ends of the two seven inning contests to intensify the pennant race with Mobile. Before three innings were in the books, the Braves held a 6-0 lead thanks to a five spot int eh bottom of the third inning.

Game 1-Mississippi Braves 7 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0:  Same song, second verse. The Braves continued to apply the pressure on the division leading BayBears with a second consecutive shutout. The Blue Wahoos were not allowed to score in the fourteen innings played on Friday. It again only took three innings for the Braves to leave little doubt about the outcome. Three spots in the 2nd and 3rd innings, which followed a single run in the first, served to set the eventual final score in just the first three frames.  

Mississippi sweeps series 5-0

Chattanooga Lookouts 5 Birmingham Barons 4 (10): Chattanooga battled back with a victory on friday night. The Lookouts plated two runs in the 8th to tie the game, then scored the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning. Scott Schebler (9) and O’Koyea Dickson (10) added to their impressive home run totals on the season for Chattanooga. Christian Marrero was responsible for both of the Birmingham long balls on the evenings, giving him six bombs on the season. A Noel Cuevas groundout scored the winning run for Chattanooga, bringing home Scott Schebler to settle it. Dickson ended up leading the way for the victors with a three for five performance which included the homer.

Birmingham takes series 3-2

New Series Beginning Tonight:

Jacksonville Suns @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Starters: JAX: Jose Urena (5-2, 4.17) PNS: Daniel Corcino (4-4, 3.66)

Mississippi Braves @ Montgomery Biscuits

Starters: MIS: Williams Perez (3-3, 1.92) MTG: Grayson Garvin (0-1, 2.38)

Mobile BayBears @ Chattanooga Lookouts

Starters: MOB: Bradin Hagens (3-2, 2.66) CHT: Nick Struck (1-3, 5.92)

Huntsville Stars @ Jackson Generals

Starters: HVL: Tyler Cravy (7-1, 1.79) JXN: TBD (- -, -.—)

Birmingham Barons @ Tennessee Smokies

Starters: BIR: Nick McCully (2-5, 6.95) TNS: Joel Pineiro (0-1, .5.87)

 

Miguel Tejada Joins Jacksonville Suns

Breaking News, Roster Moves

Miguel Tejada with the Kansas City Royals in 2013. Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Six-time major league All-Star and 2002 American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada has been placed on a minor league rehab assignment off the restricted list with Jacksonville. Tejada is finishing a 105-game suspension he began serving last season after testing positive for an amphetamine, and the suspension ends on June 7.

The 40-year-old infielder was signed by the Marlins on May 19, and this will be his first game action of the 2014 season. Tejada was with the Kansas City Royals last season, where he hit .288 with three homers and 20 RBI in 53 games before he was suspended on August 17.

In 16 major league seasons, Tejada is a career .285 hitter with 307 home runs and 1302 RBI. He has played for the Oakland Athletics (1997-2003), Baltimore Orioles (2004-07, 2010), Houston Astros (2008-09), San Diego Padres (2010), San Francisco Giants (2011), and the Royals in 2013.

In addition to being a six-time All-Star (2002, 2004-06, 2008-09), Tejada is a two-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award (2004, 2005), and led the American League with 150 RBI in 2004. On July 12, 2004, Tejada won the Century 21 All-Star Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park in Houston with 27 home runs in the contest. A year later, Tejada was the 2005 Major League All-Star Game MVP at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Tejada is a former Southern Leaguer, as he spent the 1997 season with the Huntsville Stars, who were affiliated with Oakland at the time. In 128 games Tejada hit .275 with 22 homers and 97 RBI, and he received his first MLB call-up later that season to the Athletics.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, plus Tejada on his rehab assignment, and a revised roster is attached.

Tonight the Suns are set to start right-hander Jose Urena (5-2, 4.17) in game one and he’ll be opposed by Pensacola righty Daniel Corcino (4-4, 3.66). Suns fans can listen to Saturday’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 6:50 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.

Suns Head Back To Pensacola Hoping To Remain In Thick Of South Division Pennant Race

Game Preview

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Suns begin road trip in Pensacola tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET (Photo: Roger C. Hoover)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Pensacola’s Bayfront Stadium has been very kind to the Jacksonville Suns this season. In fact, the annual “Battle for the Golden Skillet” between the in-state rival Suns (29-26) and Blue Wahoos (22-33) has broken completely in a River City direction. Jacksonville has won eight of ten games played to this point in the clubs’ season series, which resumes tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

After going 8-3 on an extended home stand to pull above .500 and charge into sole possession of third place in the division standings, the Suns take the show on the road with only fifteen games left to play on the first half schedule. Jacksonville enters the weekend series four and a half games behind division leading Mobile. The BayBears are currently feeling the pressure created by Mississippi’s six game winning streak, with the Braves now just a single game back. 

For the Suns, this five game tilt in Pensacola will be critical. They must fare well in order to keep it a three horse race down the stretch run. Jacksonville took four of five games in their last trip across the Sunshine-State’s pan-handle. It served as an identical result to the series played at Bragan Field earlier this year. 

Jacksonville goes for win number thirty tonight, with hopes of matching their 2014 high-water mark of four games above .500. Pensacola enters having lost six consecutive games, including a double-header sweep Friday night at the hands of the Mississippi Braves. 

The Suns return to The Baseball Grounds next Thursday, meeting up with the Tennessee Smokies for the first time this season. The brief home stand will be followed by a trip into the Volunteer State to close out the first half slate against the Jackson Generals. 

Joes Urena (5-2, 4.17) takes the ball for Jacksonville in game one with the Blue Wahoos. He will be opposed by Pensacola right-hander Daniel Corcino (4-4, 3.66). The two last went head to head in the May 15 series opener at Bayfront Stadium which resulted in an 11-0 victory for the Suns. It served as Urena’s fourth win of the season and stands as Corcino’s most recent defeat. 

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 Pre-game Show, beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Jacksonville (29-26, 3rd SL South) @ Pensacola (22-33, 5th SL South)

Starters: JAX: RHP Jose Urena (5-2, 4.17) PNS: RHP Daniel Corcino (4-4, 3.66)

Series: Series begins tonight.

Who’s Hot: Danny Black (turned the corner with a triple and a run scored last night in the series finale)

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

– The Suns lost for just the second time on the year when outhitting their opponents (were previously 17-1).

– Greg Nappo worked a season-best three innings of scoreless relief in Friday’s 5-4 loss and has now posted scoreless outings in nine of his last 10 appearances (including 10 straight innings without allowing a run).

– The Suns finished 8-3 on their 11-game, 10-day homestand… they only had eight wins in their first 20 home games prior to the start of the homestand.

– Jacksonville tied a season-high with four errors in Friday night’s loss.

– The Suns dropped to 1-9 in games that Angel Sanchez starts (lone win was on May 18th at Pensacola).

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 Jacksonville Suns mobile app. Click the link below to listen online.

Listen to Suns and Blue Wahoos: Live – May 31, 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.

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.

 

Biscuits Slip Past Suns 5-4 In Series Finale

Game Recap

JACKSONVILLE, FL– The Suns fell a run short in their ninth inning comeback attempt as the Montgomery Biscuits (27-28) narrowly edged out the Jacksonville Suns (29-26) 5-4 in Friday night’s series finale from Bragan Field. The Suns took five of six from the Biscuits in the series.

Listen to manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

Michael Colla (W, 2-6) earned his second win of the 2014 season after holding the Suns to two runs (one earned) on six hits in six innings of work, while striking walking a batter and striking out five.

Angel Sanchez (L, 0-7) took the loss for the Suns after giving up five runs (all earned) on four hits in 2.1 innings of work, while issuing three walks and striking out three Biscuits.

The Suns received a pair of brilliant relief efforts on Friday, with James Nygren holding the Biscuits scoreless in 3.2 strong innings of relief, allowing just one hit in his Friday night outing. Then Greg Nappo kept the Biscuits off the scoreboard in a season-high 3.0 innings of work, allowing two hits while striking out one batter in the final three innings of Friday’s ballgame.

After Angel Sanchez faced the minimum six batters through the first two innings, the Biscuits hopped all over the right-hander in the top of the third. The Biscuits scored five times to break the scoreless tie and knock out Sanchez from Friday’s ballgame after working 2.1 innings.

The Suns broke through for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring a run on a RBI groundout from Wilfredo Gimenez and another when Joe Benson came down to score on a two-out error by left fielder Jeff Malm on a ball off the bat of Danny Black to make it a 5-2 Biscuits lead after four innings.

The Suns scored twice in the ninth as Danny Black scored on Isaac Galloway’s sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-3 in favor of the Biscuits and then grabbed a second run on a throwing error by Riccio Torrez who had just been inserted into the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth, but the Suns fell a run short in the ninth inning.

The Suns will head to Pensacola on Saturday to begin a five-game series with the Blue Wahoos, with first pitch of Saturday’s game one set for 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET) at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Suns are set to start right-hander Jose Urena (5-2, 4.17) in game one and he’ll be opposed by Pensacola righty Daniel Corcino (4-4, 3.66).

Suns fans can listen to Saturday’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 6:50 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.

Below are two highlights from Friday’s ballgame:

Southern League Central – May 30, 2014

Southern League Central

 

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Birmingham secured the Chattanooga series Thursday.  (Photo credit: John Shadrick)

Jason Patterson/ Jacksonville Suns

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

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Yesterday’s Recaps / Today’s Matchups:

Jacksonville Suns 5 Montgomery Biscuits 4: The Suns built a 5-0 advantage across the games early inning, then held on for a one run victory. Jacksonville has now won five straight and eight of ten. The home team scored two in the seconds and three in the third to push out in front. Montgomery used a pair in the 7th and 8th innings to accumulate their four runs. Just Nicolino (W, 4-2, 3.30) carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning. It was broken up by Cameron Seitzer’s two-run homer in the frame. The Biscuits took advantage of a Jacksonville error to get a runner aboard in front of Seitzer. Ryan Brett added a two run shot of his own in the 8th inning to complete the scoring. Nick Wittgren came on to preserve the victory in the 9th, notching his eighth save of the season. A rare sixth game is on tap between the clubs Friday night. The Suns are attempting to pick up the even more rare six game sweep. Montgomery has played themselves right out of the South Division race across the past week. The Biscuits losing skid has now reached a franchise record seven in a row.  

MTG: Mike Colla (1-6, 5.75) JAX: Angel Sanchez (0-6, 5.66)

Jacksonville leads series 5-0

Huntsville Stars 4 Tennessee Smokies 3: Tennessee seemed in control late in the ballgame…again, yet once again Huntsville had an answer. Four runs in the bottom of the 7th inning erased a 3-0 deficit and secured a fourth straight head to head win for the division leading Stars. All four games have been decided by a single run. Three of the four contests have seen the visitors possess the lead in the late innings. Tennessee outhit the Stars eight to five, and received yet another Kris Bryant homer in the ballgame. Bryant has now gone yard sixteen times this season, placing himself well ahead of the closest contenders for the Southern League’s home run crown at this point. Mobile’s Jon Griffin is the only other player in double figures, with ten. His personal accomplishments have been somewhat overshadowed by the heartbreaking defeats the Smokies have experienced in a series which was expected to determine their first half fate. Tennessee has now fallen to ten and a half games behind Huntsville in the North Division race. Thanks to their dominance in this series, the Stars can begin to think about magic number scenarios for clinching the first playoff spot of 2014.  

Starters: TNS: Julio Rodriguez (1-0, 1.69) HVL: Andy Moye (0-0, 1.59)

Huntsville leads series 4-0

Game 1-Mobile BayBears 2 Jackson Generals 1: All the scoring in the first of two sevens between the BayBears and Generals was contained in the fourth frame. Jackson plated a run in the top of the fourth inning, only to see the South Division leaders answer with a Raywilly Gomez homer. His fifth long ball of the season ended up being the decisive blow in the game. Starter Willy Paredes was assisted by Patrick Schuster (W, 2-0), Blake Cooper (H, 2) and Jake Barrett (S, 9), with each of the relievers providing scoreless work to hold the lead. The victory assured the BayBears of at least a split in a very important double-header as they try to hold the division lead down the stretch. 

Game 2-Jackson Generals 4 Mobile BayBears 1: Though Mobile looked poised to sweep after taking a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, Jackson battled back nicely in game two at Hank Aaron Stadium. A three spot in the fourth with an additional run sprinkled in for good measure in the 6th would be more than enough for the visitors to secure their twenty-second win of the season. Jackson had the games only homer, as Patrick Kivlehan went deep for the second time this year. The Generals victory evened the series, setting up the Southern League’s only rubber match Friday night. 

Starters: JXN: Cam Hobson (4-3, 3.40) MOB: Michael Lee (3-3, 3.97)

Series tied 2-2

Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ Mississippi Braves:  Weather forced the postponement of game four between the Blue Wahoos and Braves. The clubs will meet for a pair of sevens on Friday.

Starters: PNS: Mikey O’Brien (2-2, 4.58) MIS: Jason Hursh (3-4, 4.18)

Starters: PNS: Michael Lorenzen (2-3, 1.99) MIS: Aaron Northcraft (5-2, 2.77)

Mississippi leads series 3-0

Birmingham Barons 9 Chattanooga Lookouts 4: Three early runs set the tone for Birmingham to claim Thursday night’s game four and the series over Chattanooga. The Barons outhit the Lookouts fourteen to nine. Chattanooga was also responsible for the game’s only two fielding errors. Starter Scott Snodgress pulled even in his personal record on the season at 3-3 with the win. The home team led 5-0, then 8-1 before Chattanooga mixed in some scoring. The victory kept Birmingham a half game ahead of Jackson in sole possession of third place in the Southern League North. With Tennessee’s struggles this week, Birmingham is now within striking distance of second place in the standings. 

Starters: CHT: Raydel Sanchez (0-3, 8.10) BIR: Mike Recchia (2-0, 1.50)

Birmingham leads series 3-1

 

Jacksonville Chasing Sixth Straight Win, Series Sweep Over Montgomery Tonight At 7:05 ET

Game Preview

Black_2Suns hoping to stay hot at the plate in game six with Biscuits (Photo: Brian DeLettre)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Tonight wraps the pivotal first half home stand which included eleven games in ten days at The Baseball Grounds. It has already become the most successful stretch of the season for Jacksonville. The Suns’ five consecutive wins over the Biscuits have placed the club right back in the thick of the South Division pennant race. The Suns (29-25) and Biscuits (26-28) meet for the final time at Bragan Field this season Friday night with a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch.

After securing the assurance of victory in the extended six game series against visiting Montgomery, Jacksonville is now trying for a sixth straight win over the struggling Biscuits. A favorable result tonight would allow the Suns to complete a series sweep for the first time this season.

Jacksonville has already used this week’s series against the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate to climb above .500 and leap the visitors in the division standings. The Suns have also secured a third consecutive series win. The Biscuits are in the midst of a seven game slide, which now stands alone as the worst stretch in franchise history. 

With just sixteen games remaining on the first half schedule, Jacksonville is now only three and a half games behind division leading Mobile. Montgomery has faded to six and a half games behind, in fourth place. The division race has really tightened this week thanks to a run of victories by the Suns and Braves. Mississippi is now within a game and a half of the BayBears. 

The Suns and Biscuits have already faced off in a home and home this season. The Biscuits took three of five in Jacksonville between April 24 and 28. The teams split the four games played in Montgomery. Today’s twin-bill serves as a make-up of the 5th game which postponed by rain. Montgomery took the 2013 season series by a final count of nine games to six. 

Dale Murphy headlines the ballpark promotions and activities on this Friday night. The former Braves star will be around all evening, meeting fans and signing autographs. The two-time National League Most Valuable Player’s appearance is presented by Florida Blue and 99.1 WQIK.

Friday night also marks Hurricane Preparedness Night, presented by Lowe’s and First Coast News. The evening will be filled with special activities and prize giveaways. One grand prize winner will receive a generator, courtesy of Lowe’s home improvement warehouse. Fans should also make plans to stick around after the game for NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers traditional “Friday Family Fireworks.”

Angel Sanchez (0-6, 5.66) will toe the rubber for Jacksonville. Sanchez continues the search for his first win of 2014 by going up against right-hander Mike Colla (1-6, 5.75). Colla will be tasked with trying to salvage the final game of the series for the visiting Biscuits. 

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 Pre-game Show, beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Montgomery (26-28, 4th SL South) @ Jacksonville (29-25, 3rd SL South)

Starters: MTG: RHP Michael Colla (1-6, 5.75) JAX: RHP Angel Sanchez (0-6, 5.66)

Series: Jacksonville leads 5-0.

Who’s Hot: Brady Shoemaker (drove in two of the four Suns runs on Thursday)

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

– Nick Wittgren celebrated his 23rd birthday in style on Thursday, picking up his eighth save of the year to preserve the Suns’ 5-4 win on Thursday.

– With Thursday’s 5-4 win, Jacksonville upped its record to a perfect 8-0 in one-run ballgames at home.

– The Suns improved to 5-0 at home when their starter works at least seven innings (7-1 altogether).

– Despite the Biscuits outhitting the Suns 7-6 in Thursday’s contest, the Suns won for just the eighth time in 30 games in which they are outhit by their opponent.

– The Suns are now 11-4 at home (23-11 on the year) when they score the first run of the ballgame.

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 Jacksonville Suns mobile app. Click the link below to listen online.

Listen to Suns and Biscuits: Live – May 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.

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.

 

Suns Announce Roster Move – May 30, 2014

Roster Moves

Angel Sanchez returns from the disabled list and starts tonight for Jacksonville against the Biscuits. Photo Courtesy: Jay Metz

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Montgomery Biscuits at Bragan Field at 7:05 p.m.

Right-handed starting pitcher Angel Sanchez has been reinstated to the Suns active roster off the disabled list. Sanchez was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday May 20, with right triceps tendonitis.

Sanchez is 0-6 with a 5.66 ERA in nine starts for the Suns this year. Sanchez had to leave his last start in the bottom of the second inning on Sunday May 18 at Pensacola, after he was hit by a line drive on his triceps.

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

Sanchez will start tonight for the Suns against Biscuits right-hander Michael Colla (1-6, 5.75 ERA).

Suns fans can listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 6:50 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.

Morning Suns – May 30, 2014

Morning Suns

Dale Murphy will be at Bragan Field tonight, signing autographs and meeting fans. Photo Courtesy: Sports Illustrated.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns saw a brilliant outing by Justin Nicolino on Thursday, helping the Suns pick up their fifth straight win over the Montgomery Biscuits.

The Biscuits have now lost a franchise-record seven games in a row, and Jacksonville will aim to sweep Montgomery in tonight’s sixth and final game of the series at Bragan Field. Tonight’s game will also feature an appearance from Braves legend and and two-time National League Most Valuable Player Dale Murphy, and he will likely join us on the broadcast.

The Miami Marlins are now tied with the Atlanta Braves for the lead in the National League East, and the two clubs will square off this weekend in a three-game series at Marlins Park. Tonight the Marlins send former Sun Tom Koehler to the mound against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.

Here are today’s #MorningSuns links:

MiLB.com: Nicolino flirts with no-no for Jacksonville
The Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville Suns wins 5th straight over Montgomery Biscuits behind Justin Nicolino
Marlins.com: Marisnick keeps rolling with five RBIs in Triple-A win
Marlins.com: Top picks by round run gamut in Marlins’ history
Miami Herald: Giancarlo Stanton thriving, and that could bode well for Miami Marlins’ prospects of keeping him long-term
Sun Sentinel: Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez expects to make next start
ESPN: Royals make Sveum hitting coach in shakeup
NBC Sports: Vin Scully calls Yasiel Puig “The Maestro” of bat-flipping
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Suns Score Early, Fend Off Biscuits Late In 5-4 Win

Game Recap

JACKSONVILLE, FL– Justin Nicolino took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning as the Jacksonville Suns (29-25) fought off the Montgomery Biscuits’ (26-28) late charge to emerge with a 5-4 victory Thursday night at Bragan Field. The Suns have won each of the first five games heading into Friday’s series finale.

Listen to manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

Justin Nicolino (W, 4-2) earned his second straight win after allowing two runs (one earned on three hits) in seven innings of work. Nicolino issued one walk and tied a season-high with four strikeouts in Thursday’s win. The left-hander worked a magisterial first six innings, holding the Biscuits hitless and at one point sitting down 13 Biscuits in a row. Cameron Seitzer broke up Nicolino’s no-hitter on a two-run home run to right field with no outs in the seventh.

Coming on in the eighth inning, Tyler Higgins (H, 2) was only able to retire one batter, giving up two runs (both earned) on three hits in his 0.1 innings of action. Jheyson Manzueta (H, 2) came on to record the final two outs, striking out two batters and walking one while preserving a one-run lead in his crucial 0.2 innings of relief.

Nick Wittgren (SV, 8) earned the save on his 23rd birthday, allowing one hit while striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning.

Roberto Gomez (L, 1-3) took the loss for the Biscuits after allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits in six innings of work, while striking out two batters and issuing a lone walk. After allowing five runs between the second and third innings, Gomez held the Suns off the board in his final three innings.

The Suns broke the scoreless tie by plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Brady Shoemaker helped the Suns manufacture their first run with a RBI groundout and Joe Benson scored on a wild pitch to give the Suns a 2-0 lead.

The Suns furthered their early lead with three more runs in the bottom of the third. A J.T. Realmuto RBI groundout and RBI singles from Alex Burg and Brady Shoemaker pushed Jacksonville’s lead to 5-0 after three innings of play.

With Jaker Hager reaching on an error to begin the top of the seventh inning and Nicolino’s no-hitter still in tact, the next batter was Cameron Seitzer (HR, 3), who promptly busted up the no-no bid with a two-run home run to right to cut the Suns’ lead to 5-2.

The Biscuits pounced on Tyler Higgins in the eighth inning, with Joey Rickard singling and Ryan Brett (HR, 4) hammering his fourth home run of the year over the wall in left to cut Jacksonville’s lead to 5-4 in the top of the eighth and cap off Thursday night’s scoring.

The Suns and Biscuits will be back at it on Friday night for the sixth and final game of the series, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET at Bragan Field.

Suns fans can listen to Friday’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 6:50 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.

Below are two highlights from Thursday’s ballgame: