Keys Designated for Assignment

Breaking News, Roster Moves

Brent Keys with the Suns in 2014. Photo Courtesy: Jay Metz

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 games against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Suns outfielder Brent Keys, who was on the Marlins’ 40-man roster, was designated for assignment. Keys was hitting .238 (36-for-151) with no home runs and 10 RBI in 40 games for Jacksonville since joining the Suns on May 10 after starting the season on the disabled list.

Keys was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for left-handed relief pitcher Donnie Joseph, who the Marlins acquired via trade earlier today from the Kansas City Royals for cash. Joseph will report to Triple-A New Orleans in the Marlins organization. The Marlins now have 10 days to trade, release, or put Keys on waivers where he can be claimed by another organization.

The Suns roster now stands at 24 active players and a revised roster is attached.

Tonight the Suns will send out right-hander Jay Rogers (2-2, 4.81) while the BayBears will counter with a righty of their own in Jon Moscot (4-6, 2.83).

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 7:15 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.

Southern League Central – May 30, 2014

Breaking News, Southern League Central
DowntownChattRain forced the suspension of the Barons-Lookouts opener at AT&T Field. They will play catch up today,  with the game one completion to be followed by Monday’s regularly scheduled contest. (Photo courtesy: Knoxnews.com)

By Jason Patterson/ Jacksonville Suns

Here’s a look at the second half and overall standings: 

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Yesterday’s Recaps / Today’s Matchups:

Jacksonville Suns 12 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6: The Suns shook off Saturday’s disappointment in Mobile by getting out front early at Pensacola. Jacksonville led 3-0 on a home run by Tarrence Dayleg in the top of the 2nd, his first since joining the club. The Suns then built a 5-1 advantage in the middle of the 4th inning, before Pensacola scored five unanswered runs to go ahead. The Suns used a six run 6th inning to push back out front for good. Alfredo Silverio (4) homered in the frame as the Suns batted around. In the end, they doubled up the Blue Wahoos in the run column, while surpassing their own hit total. Jacksonville ended the ballgame with only eleven base knocks alongside the twelve runs scored. Pensacola received an outstanding performance from Marquez Smith. Smith homered for the first time this season, a two run shot in the 4th. He drove in all three of Pensacola’s initial runs in the contest. The Suns increased their lead in the “Battle for the Golden Skillet” to 11-5 overall.

Starters: JAX: Jay Rogers (2-2, 4.81) PNS: Jon Moscot (4-6, 2.83)

Jacksonville leads series 1-0

Birmingham Barons @ Chattanooga Lookouts: Game one of the series was suspended in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Birmingham leads Chattanooga 3-2. Play will resume this afternoon, followed by tonight’s regularly scheduled game. 

Starters: BIR: Mike Recchia (3-2, 2.97) CHT: Nick Struck (1-4, 7.80) (Suspended Game)

BIR: Nick MCully (3-6, 5.65) CHT: Matt Shelton (2-1, 3.62)

Game one resumes today

Huntsville Stars 9 Mississippi Braves 7: Both teams used a pair of three-spots and a single run to carry a tie score into the late innings at Trustmark Park. Mississippi posted the game’s first three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. After Huntsville answered with identical production just a half inning later, the Braves would score again to go back ahead 4-3. That score remained into the top of the 6th, when the Stars posted the second of their two three run frames, making the tally 6-4 Huntsville. After tacking on their single run in the top of the 7th, the Stars saw Mississippi tie the game with three in the bottom half. The game was decided in the ninth, with the visitors posting two runs to set the final. Huntsville pushed the decisive scores across on a Joey Paciorek single which brought homeErik Komatsu and D’Vontrey Richardson. Cedric Hunter had the game’s only homer, his eight of the season for the Braves.

Starters: HVL: Jed Bradley (1-3, 3.81) MIS: Greg Ross (1-0, 3.18)

Huntsville leads series 1-0

Mobile BayBears 4 Jackson Generals 3: The BayBears broke a 3-3 tie with a single run in the top of the 8th inning to settle the opener in Jackson. Jake Lamb doubled home Tom Belza to give provide Mobile the game one victory. Lamb, Todd Glaesmann, Ryan Court and Mark Thomas all drove in runs for the victors. Ketel Marte was the marquee performer for the home team. Marte logged a 2 for 4 performance with a pair of triples and two runs scored. In spite of his efforts, Jackson could not hold on for the win. The Generals possessed a 2-0 lead after the first inning of play. After falling behind 3-2 in the 3rd, Jackson answered to tie things up in the 5th. They would have no answer for Lamb’s 8th inning production however, falling by the one run on Sunday evening. 

Starters: MOB: Bradin Hagens (6-3, 4.14) JXN: Stephen Landazuri (3-2, 3.21)

Mobile leads series 1-0

Tennessee Smokies 6 Montgomery 1: Tennessee again found solid footing in an opener to set the tone for a second half series. This time it was at the friendly confines of Smokies Stadium, against a Biscuits team which sported a .500 record on the season at the beginning of play. The game was scoreless into the 4th, when Montgomery scored to draw first blood. Tennessee quickly answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, then used a four run bottom of the 8th inning to open things up. The Smokies pounded out twelve hits in the contest. They were led by 3 for 4 performances from Charles Cutler and Luis Flores. Six of the Smokies nine starters came home to score runs in Tennessee’s forty-first win of the year. 

Starters: MTG: Grayson Garvin (0-3, 3.65) TNS: TBD (- -, -.—)

Tennessee leads series 1-0

 

Suns Look To Build On Sunday’s Win In Game Two With Pensacola Tonight

Game Preview

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The Suns and Blue Wahoos continue the series in Pensacola Monday night. (Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

After taking game one of the series with Pensacola on Sunday afternoon, Jacksonville returns to baseball under the lights for the remaining four games of the series. Tonight’s second contest between the Suns (5-5, 41-39) and Blue Wahoos (4-7, 35-46) is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

Jacksonville won the opener in impressive fashion. The Suns held 3-0 and 5-1 leads early, then used a six run 6th inning to push ahead for good. Tarrence Dayleg (1) and Alfredo Silverio (3) homered in the ballgame for the Suns.

The season series has broken decidedly in River City direction to this point. Jacksonville has now taken eleven of the sixteen games played between the clubs. Thirty total meetings are scheduled to decide the 2014 edition of the “Battle for the Golden Skillet.”

Jacksonville returns to The Baseball Grounds on Friday for an Independence Day showdown with the Chattanooga Lookouts. The special July 4 tilt will open a five game home stand at Bragan Field. 

The current series stands as the Suns final trip to Bayfront Stadium this season. The Suns have posted a 7-4 record in games played on Pensacola’s home field. 

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature a pair of right-handers. Jay Rogers (2-2, 4.81) will take the hill for the Suns. Jon Moscot (4-6, 2.83) is scheduled to be on the mound for Pensacola.

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 joined by Michael West and Jason Patterson. West and Patterson will host the Memorial Hospital Pre-game Show, beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Jacksonville (5-5, 41-39)  @ Pensacola (4-7, 35-46)

Starters: JAX: RHP Jay Rogers (2-2, 4.81) PNS: RHP Jon Moscot (4-6, 2.83)

Series: Jacksonville leads 1-0

Who’s Hot: Terrence Dayleg (had a solid offensive day on Sunday which included a three-run homer)

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 tied their season-high in runs scored after plating 12 in Sunday’s 12-6 series-opening victory.

– Jacksonville’s six-run sixth inning equaled the most runs plated by the Suns in an inning in 2014 (also scored six in the third against the Biscuits on April 27th and in the eighth at Montgomery on May 28th).

– Austin Nola’s 11-game hitting streak is the longest by a Sun on the 2014 season (2nd longest active in SL).

– Jacksonville upped its record to 27-6 when they plate more than five runs in a given ballgame.

– Since joining the Jacksonville Suns on June 24th, Terrence Dayleg has gone 8-for-19 with one home run, two doubles and seven RBIs, including four multi-hit games in his five total starts.

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 – June 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 Double Up Wahoos 12-6 In Opener

Game Recap

PENSACOLA, FL – Terrence Dayleg’s first Double-A homer and an excellent Double-A debut from Casey McCarthy powered the Jacksonville Suns (5-5, 41-39) to a 12-6 victory Pensacola Blue Wahoos (4-7, 35-46) in Sunday’s series-opening ballgame from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

Hear manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

Chipper Smith did not factor into the decision after he allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits in his 4.2 innings of work. The left-hander tied season-highs with six strikeouts and four walks in his no decision.

Casey McCarthy (W, 1-0) earned the win in his Double-A debut, allowing one run (earned) on four hits in the final 4.1 innings of the game, while striking out four batters and not walking one.

Timothy Adleman (L, 1-3) took the loss for Pensacola by giving up two runs (earned) on two hits while walking one batter in his 1.0 inning of work.

Terrence Dayleg (HR, 1) got the Suns on the scoreboard first, belting a three-run home run to left-center to give the Suns a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. The homer was his first at the Double-A level.

The Blue Wahoos struck back in the bottom of the second, using a RBI double from Marquez Smith to score Seth Mejias-Brean and make it a 3-1 Suns lead.

Austin Nola made it a 5-1 advantage in favor of the Suns after slapping a clutch, two-out, two-run single into right field in the top of the fourth inning.

But Pensacola got those runs right back with one swing of the bat. Marquez Smith (HR, 1) launched a two-run homer to left center to make it a 5-3 lead in favor of the Suns after four innings of play.

After Chipper Smith couldn’t work out of the fifth, Casey McCarthy came in to make his Southern League debut. Unfortunately for McCarthy, Ryan Wright (HR, 1) took him deep for a go-ahead three-run home run, giving Pensacola its first lead of the day at 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

But Jacksonville responded in a major way in the top of the sixth, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring six times to re-take the lead. Alfredo Silverio (HR, 3) led off the frame with a game-tying solo shot, with the Suns also receiving a RBI double from Terrence Dayleg, and two-run singles from J.T. Realmuto and Brady Shoemaker (only one RBI on his base hit) to make it an 11-6 lead for the Suns.

The Suns added to their lead after Brady Shoemaker’s RBI single made it a 12-6 lead in the top of the eighth. The run would cap off the scoring for these two teams on Sunday.

There was a 13-minute delay in the bottom of the fourth inning, which ultimately led to home plate umpire J.J. January becoming the home plate umpire and Charely Tierney becoming the field umpire as Jeremy Riggs was unable to continue in the ballgame.

The Suns and Blue Wahoos will be back at it on Monday night with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET). The Suns will send out right-hander Jay Rogers (2-2, 4.81) while the Blue Wahoos will counter with a righty of their own in Jon Moscot (4-6, 2.83).

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 7:15 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 Sunday’s ballgame:

Southern League Central – June 29, 2014

Southern League Central

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The Generals finally slowed Tennessee on series finale Saturday. (Photo courtesy: Jackson Generals)

By Jason Patterson/ Jacksonville Suns

Here’s a look at the second half and overall standings: 

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Yesterday’s Recaps / Today’s Matchups:

Suspended Game: Mobile BayBears 6 Jacksonville Suns 5: Trailing 4-3 when play resumed on Saturday, the home standing BayBears outscored Jacksonville 3-1 the rest of the way. Mobile’s runs came grouped together as part of a three spot in the bottom of the 8th. Dustin Martin initiated the decisive rally with a double to lead off the frame. Jon Griffin, Garrett Weber and Sean Jamieson provided the scoring with RBI singles. Jacksonville battled back with a solo homer from Isaac Galloway, but in the end could bring home the tying run. Coupled with Shoemaker’s three-run homer just before play was suspended on Friday night, the blasts stood as the game’s only homers and were responsible for four of Jacksonville’s five runs in the extended contest. The BayBears victory in game four turned the finale, which immediately followed, into a rubber match for the series. 

Scheduled Game: Mobile BayBears 3 Jacksonville Suns 0: Sean Jamieson led off the BayBears offensive portion of the finale with a home run which stood as a clear indicator of where this one was headed. Dustin Martin would go deep later in the contest to provide the exclamation point. Both sluggers ran their season total to five homers with the blasts. Mobile starter A.J. Schugel (W, 4-1, 3.81) was dominant, shutting the Suns out across five an two-thirds strong innings of work on the mound. Jacksonville approached the BayBears hit total, falling in that category eight to seven, but were never able to push a run across against the home staff. Mobile’s other run came on newcomer Todd Glaesmann’s RBI single, which made the 1st inning a two-run frame. The BayBears took games one, four and five to claim the series. 

Mobile takes series 3-2

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3 Chattanooga Lookouts 1 : The Blue Wahoos broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of 9th inning runs which decided the series finale at AT&T Field. Kyle Waldrop’s double brought home both runs, as Brodie Greene and Yorman Rodriguez scored. A throwing error by the Lookouts set the table and Pensacola cashed in for their second victory in the series. The Blue Wahoos started the scoring in the ballgame with a run in the top of the 5th. Their 1-0 advantage would last until the bottom of the 8th. Alberto Rosario drove in Chattanooga’s only run of the contest, scoring Casio Grider to even things for the moment. The teams combined to leave seventeen runners on base, accumulating thirteen total hits alongside the game’s four total runs. Carlos A. Gonzalez (W, 2-0) worked an inning and picked up his second win of the season in the process. Shane Dyer (S) nailed down his seventh save on the year. 

 Chattanooga takes series 3-2

Huntsville Stars 7 Montgomery Biscuits 4: For all the work Montgomery did to put themselves on solid footing in the early portion of this series, Huntsville did a little more in the end. The Stars took the five-game tilt with Saturday night’s result. Huntsville showed exactly why they posses the Southern League’s best overall record and stand alone with fifty-plus wins on the year. The Biscuits again drew first blood in the finale, but found themselves down 5-1 in the rubber match at the end of the third inning. Montgomery showed no quit, posting further runs in the 5th and 6th frames to pull within one at 5-4. This is as close as the Stars would allow the visitors to come. Huntsville’s two run bottom of the 7th provided the insurance for the home team. The Stars pounded out eighteen hits, doubling Montgomery’s total. Cameron Seitzer followed up his two-homer performance on Friday night with another long ball on Saturday. His latest display of power gives him nine home runs on the season for the Biscuits. D’Vontrey Richardson had the only homer for the Stars. Right-hander Andy Moye (W, 4-0, 2.80) remained unbeaten by posting his fourth Southern League win.  

Huntsville takes series 3-2

Mississippi Braves 5 Birmingham Barons 4: Mississippi scored in four consecutive innings after trailing 3-1 early. The Braves took the lead initially with a run in the top of the 1st frame. After watching Birmingham score a run in the bottom of the 1st and two more in the 2nd inning, they played from behind into the middle innings. Single runs from the 5th thru the 8th, finally pushed Mississippi back out front. This time they would hold on. Cedric Hunter blasted his 7th home run of the season in the Mississippi cause. Jaime Pedroza (5) went deep for the home team. In spite of being out-hit twelve to nine, the Braves won their forty-fifth game of the season and claimed the series on the road.  

Mississippi takes series 3-2

Jackson Generals 2 Tennessee Smokies 1: The Generals salvaged the final game of their home series with Tennessee by pushing single runs across in the 2nd and 5th innings. The early run gave Jackson a lead which held through four frames. After seeing the Smokies tie the score by finally getting on the board in the 5th, Jackson snatched the lead right back in the bottom of that very inning, for good. The Generals plated just two runs on six total hits in the ballgame, but it was just enough. Jackson also overcame the game’s only two errors. Matt Anderson (W, 3-3, 4.53) held the red-hot Smokies down throughout the evening. Ketel Marte and Dario Pizzano drove in the Generals runs. Patrick Kivlehan and John Hicks came home to score them. Generals designated hitter Julio Morban tripled in the contest, but was thrown out at home plate in a scoreless 4th inning. Jackson snapped Tennessee’s winning streak and finally found a way to slow the Smokies early second half momentum with Saturday’s victory. 

Tennessee takes series 4-1

New Series Beginning Sunday:

Jacksonville Suns @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Starters: JAX: Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.46) PNS: Daniel Corcino (7-6, 4.19)

Birmingham Barons @ Chattanooga Lookouts

Starters: BIR: Mike Recchia (3-2, 2.97) CHT: Nick Struck (1-4, 7.80)

Huntsville Stars @ Mississippi Braves

Starters: HVL: TBD (- -, -.—) MIS: Jason Hursh (6-5, 3.83)

Mobile BayBears @ Jackson Generals

Starters: MOB: TBD (- -, -.—) JXN: Tyler Olson (3-4, 4.17)

Montgomery Biscuits @ Tennessee Smokies

Starters: MTG: Dylan Floro (7-5, 3.14) TNS: TBD (- -, -.—)

 

Battle For The Golden Skillet Continues Sunday In Pensacola

Game Preview

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The Suns continue the road trip in Pensacola Sunday at 5:00 ET. (Photo courtesy: Roger C. Hoover)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Sunday afternoon will provide the Jacksonville Suns (4-5, 40-39) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (4-6, 35-45) a fresh opportunity to write the newest chapter in their annual “Battle for the Golden Skillet.” The first pitch of today’s opener is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET.

The upcoming five-game tilt will also serve as a battle for position in the Southern League South Division standings. Jacksonville sits just a half-game ahead of Pensacola in fourth place, by virtue of playing one less contest thus far in the second half. 

 Jacksonville is coming off a series loss in Mobile. After battling from behind for consecutive extra inning victories in games two and three, the Suns dropped the final two contests on Saturday. The BayBears came from behind for a 6-5 victory in the resumption of Friday night’s rain suspended game, then followed with a 3-0 shutout in the rubber match, to claim the series. 

The Blue Wahoos took the finale from Chattanooga on Saturday with a 3-1 decision, but suffered the same series result as Jacksonville. The Lookouts handed Pensacola a third straight series defeat, by a count of 3 games to 2.

The 2014 edition of the Southern League’s Sunshine State rivalry series has broken decidedly in River City direction to this point. Jacksonville has won ten of the fifteen games played between the clubs this season. The head to head series currently stands at its mid-way point, with the clubs scheduled to meet thirty times this year. 

Sunday afternoon begins Jacksonville’s final trip to Bayfront Stadium this season. Lefty Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.46) will work the opener on the mound for Jacksonville. Pensacola will look to right-hander Daniel Corcino (7-6, 4.19) for early traction in the series. 

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 joined by Michael West and Jason Patterson. West and Patterson will host the Memorial Hospital Pre-game Show, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Jacksonville (4-5, 40-39)  @ Pensacola (4-6, 35-45)

Starters: JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.46) PNS: RHP Daniel Corcino (7-6, 4.19)

Series: Begins Today

Who’s Hot: Isaac Galloway (his 9th inning homer in the resumption of the suspended contest stood as the only run Jacksonville would score across twelve plus innings of game action on Saturday afternoon)

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:

– Jacksonville dropped the opening series of the road trip three games to two after falling in both contests completed on Saturday.

– The Suns will try to extend their lead in the Battle for the Golden Skillet over the course of the next five days, with the Suns already holding a 10-5 edge over their in-state rivals.

– Austin Nola became the third Sun to record a double-digit hitting streak (his 10-game streak is tied for the third longest active mark in the Southern League).

– After surrendering a lead after seven innings of play in the fourth game of the series, the Suns lost for just the fourth time in 33 games.

– With game four’s loss, the Suns fell for only the fifth time in 27 games when out hitting their opponent.

– The Suns have been a magnet for shutouts on the 2014 season: throwing eight of them (second best in SL) and being shutout nine times (second worst in SL).

– Prior to Saturday’s action in Mobile, RHP Collin Cargill was added to the AAA New Orleans roster, while the Suns added RHP Casey McCarthy from A+ Jupiter.

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 – June 29, 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 Drop Final Two Games To BayBears 6-5, 3-0

Game Recap

MOBILE, AL – The Jacksonville Suns (4-5, 40-39) dropped the final two games of the series to the Mobile BayBears (5-5, 47-32), falling 6-5 in a game resumed from Friday and 3-0 in the rubber match on Saturday from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Hear manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

In game four of the series, Kyle Winkler (W, 1-0) earned his first win of the year after holding the Suns without a run on one hit with two strikeouts in his 2.2 innings of work.

Kaleb Fleck (SV, 6) collected his sixth save of the year despite allowing one run (earned) on three hits in 1.0 inning of work, striking out two batters along the way.

Matt Montgomery went three innings in his spot start, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits, while walking and striking out one batter apiece.

Frankie Reed was electric in his two hitless innings of relief, striking out three BayBears in total.

James Leverton (H, 1) allowed one run (earned) on two hits in his 2.1 innings of work, striking out three BayBears while not issuing a single walk.

Nick Wittgren (L, 3-4; BS, 5) blew the save and took the loss after allowing a pair of runs (both earned) on three hits while walking one batter in 0.2 innings of work.

The BayBears scored first in Friday’s ballgame, grabbing an early 1-0 lead after Jake Lamb grounded into a force out which scored Sean Jamieson from third base in the bottom of the first inning.

Mobile added to its lead in the bottom of the second, as Sean Jamieson’s two-out RBI triple extended the lead to 2-0 in favor of the BayBears.

Jacksonville plated its first run in the top of the third when Austin Nola scored on a wild pitch from Charles Brewer to make it a 2-1 Mobile lead.

But the BayBears answered right back in the bottom of the third, using a two-out RBI single from Jon Griffin to make it a 3-1 lead for Mobile.

The Suns took the lead in the top of the sixth when Southern League All-Star Brady Shoemaker (HR, 6) hit a three-run home run to right center field to put the Suns in front 4-3.

The rain then came down with Joe Benson on first and one out in the top of the sixth, causing Friday’s game to be suspended until Saturday afternoon.

After the game was resumed on Saturday, the BayBears took a 6-4 lead after receiving RBI singles from Jon Griffin, Garrett Weber and Sean Jamieson in the bottom of the eighth inning.

However, the Suns wouldn’t go down with a fight in the top of the ninth. Isaac Galloway (HR, 2) hit a one-out solo homer to bring the Suns to within one run, but it was the BayBears holding on for a 6-5 victory in game four of the series.

In the series finale, it was the BayBears doing the only scoring in the rubber match, with Mobile emerging with a 3-0 shutout victory to assure themselves of a series victory.

A.J. Schugel (W, 4-1) picked up the win after tossing 5.2 innings of shutout ball. He’d allow five hits and three walks while striking out five Suns in the rubber match.

Seth Simmons (H, 2) tossed 1.1 innings of hitless relief, striking out two batters along the way.

R.J. Hively (SV, 1) notched his first save of the 2014 season after tossing two shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out a pair of Suns.

Jose Urena (L, 6-6) took the loss for Jacksonville after allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits in seven innings of work. The righty didn’t walk a batter and struck out a half dozen BayBears. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Urena shut Mobile out over the next five innings and allowed his final run in the bottom of the seventh.

James Nygren tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning in his one full inning of work.

The BayBears got the scoring going in the rubber match, receiving a leadoff homer from Sean Jamieson (HR, 5) and a RBI single from Todd Glaesmann in his first game in a BayBears uniform to give Mobile a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Mobile would be held without another run until the bottom of the seventh inning when Dustin Martin (HR, 5) led off the inning with a solo shot to make it a 3-0 BayBears lead. His home run would cap off the scoring in the rubber match.

The Suns will travel to Pensacola for a five-game set with the Blue Wahoos, with first pitch of Sunday’s series-opening game set for 4:00 p.m. CT (5:00 p.m. ET). The Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.46) while the Blue Wahoos will counter with right-hander Daniel Corcino (7-6, 4.19).

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.

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 game four:

Below are two highlights from game five:

Southern League Central – June 28, 2014

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The Lookouts claimed the series with Pensacola on Friday. (Photo courtesy: Times Free Press)

By Jason Patterson/ Jacksonville Suns

Here’s a look at the second half and overall standings: 

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Yesterday’s Recaps / Today’s Matchups:

Jacksonville Suns 4 Mobile BayBears 3 (Suspended): Game four of the Suns-BayBears series was suspended in the top of the 6th. Brady Shoemaker provided a three-run homer in the top of the 6th inning just before the skies opened and rain forced the suspension of the contest. Had Shoemaker not homered, the BayBears would have won the ballgame, which was deep enough to be an official game, 3-1. The resumption is scheduled for 2:05 ET on Saturday, with the series finale to follow.

Starters: JAX: Jose Urena (6-5, 4.37) MOB: A.J. Schugel (3-1, 4.11)

Jacksonville leads series  2-1

Chattanooga Lookouts 7 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3: The Lookouts answered Pensacola’s run in the top of the 3rd inning with a three-spot of their own in the bottom of the frame. Chattanooga added another in the 5th, two in the 7th and one more in the 8th to complete their scoring on Friday night. The Blue Wahoos plated additional single runs in the 6th and 7th inning. Despite out-hitting the home team ten to nine, Pensacola came up well short where it counted. Chattanooga was able to overcome a pair of fielding errors. No one homered in the contest on either side. The Blue Wahoos had Kyle Waldrop, Rossmel Perez and Ryan Wright all reach milt-hit status, but the visitors left thirteen men on base in the ballgame. Noel Cuevas logged a pair of triples and drove in the three runs to lead the way for the Lookouts. Chattanooga assured themselves of a series victory at AT&T Field with the win.

Starters: PNS: Ben Lively (0-1, 7.36) CHT: Raydel Sanchez (1-4, 5.97)

Chattanooga leads series 3-1

Huntsville Stars 4 Montgomery Biscuits 3 (11): Prior to plating the game-winner in the bottom of the 11th inning, Huntsville had scored in just one other frame. A three run 4th was sufficient to keep the ballgame alive, since Montgomery scored just a run in the 2nd and two more in the 6th. All three of the Biscuits runs came from a pair of home runs by Cameron Seitzer. Seitzer has now gone deep eight times this year. Huntsville’s only long ball was provided by Nick Ramirez, his fifteenth of the season. Huntsville’s decisive bottom of the 11th was marked by Montgomery mistakes. It began with a fielding error, which allowed Josh Prince to reach. Lucas May provided the sacrifice bunt which put the winning run in scoring position. D’Vontrey Richardson singled Prince to third base. Back to back walks followed, forcing in the winning run. Erik Komatsu showed the necessary patience at the plate to push the walk-off winner across. The finish sets up a rubber match on Saturday in Huntsville. 

Starters: MTG: Mike Colla (4-8, 5.26) HVL: Andy Moye (3-0, 2.12)

Series tied 2-2

Mississippi Braves 14 Birmingham Barons 6: The final score provides little indication of the type of ballgame this was through the first eight innings. The game stood tied 5-5 heading to the 9th. Mississippi would erupt for nine runs in the top of the 9th, to even up the series with force. Birmingham found a way to answer with a run in the bottom of the frame, but it was too little, too late. The Barons had led 5-4 in the contest after plating two runs in the bottom of the 6th. The lead held into the 8th before Mississippi tied the game on a balk call which plated Gustavo Nunez. The Braves sent thirteen batters to the plate in the nine run 9th frame. The teams combined for thirty total hits, with eighteen of them belonging to Mississippi. Ten different Braves secured hits in the contest. Jose Peraza and Kyle Kubitza had three each. Mycal Jones led the way production-wise with three runs driven in. 

Starters: MIS: Mitch Atkins (2-0, 3.27) BIR: Scott Snodgress (4-6, 4.25)

Series tied 2-2

Tennessee Smokies 6 Jackson Generals 5: Four Tennessee runs in the top of the 8th inning allowed the Smokies to remain unbeaten in their series with Jackson. The Generals held a 5-2 advantage from the 4th inning through the seventh frame. A three spot in the 3rd, followed immediately b two more in the 4th built the Jackson advantage. Tennessee’s two initial runs came in the top of the 1st inning. The teams posted twenty-two total hits. The Smokies overcame the game’s only two errors. Nine Tennessee players notched hits in the ballgame and five different Smokies drove in runs. Jonathan Mota had the only multi-hit performance, as well as, the only extra base hit. Stephen Bruno scored a pair of runs for the visitors. With yet another victory, the Smokies continue to pace the North Division in the early going of the second half playoff chase. 

Starters: TNS: Joe Gardner (1-1, 3.62) JXN: Matt Anderson (2-3, 5.31)

Tennessee leads series 4-0

 

Suns, BayBears Resume Play At 2:05 ET Saturday

Game Preview

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Suns and BayBears continue game four this afternoon at 2:05 ET. (Photo courtesy: Roger C. Hoover)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

A Saturday afternoon filled with baseball awaits the Suns (4-3, 40-37) and BayBears (3-5, 45-32) today in Mobile. The South Division rivals are set to resume game four of their series, which was suspended after rain began falling in the top of the 6th inning at Hank Aaron Stadium last night. 

After completing the suspended contest, today’s regularly scheduled game will be played. Both contests will be required to go the full nine innings. The resumption is expected to get underway at 2:05 p.m. ET, with the series finale to immediately follow. 

Brady Shoemaker delivered a three-run homer, which pushed the Suns ahead for the first time in the ballgame Friday night, just before the skies opened up. His blast gives Jacksonville a 4-3 lead when play resumes in the top of the sixth.  

The Suns reached forty wins on the season by posting back to back extra inning victories on Wednesday and Thursday to take control of the current series. Jacksonville is beginning to make late inning comebacks a signature move in the initial portion of the second half schedule.

The BayBears clinched the first half title by holding off the Braves and Suns down the stretch. They assured themselves one of the four coveted spots in the 2014 Southern League Playoffs. 

By virtue of their idle status last night, Jacksonville gained one-half game on division leading Montgomery, pulling into a three way tie for first place with the Biscuits and Braves. With Mobile is assured of post-season play, the remaining for teams are battling for the South’s remaining playoff berth across the final seventy games. 

Thursday’s results pulled the Suns within two games of Mobile in the season series, at a 5-3 deficit.. Mobile traveled to Jacksonville May 10-14 for the only previous meeting between the clubs this season. Jacksonville won the opener of that series, then dropped the final four games. 

Seven contests remain between the teams in 2014. The BayBears return to the River City in late August to close out the second half slate. Last year the Suns and BayBears faced off twenty-four times. Jacksonville dropped the series 11-13 overall, going 4-6 at Hank Aaron Stadium.

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 joined by Michael West and Jason Patterson. West and Patterson will host the Memorial Hospital Pre-game Show, beginning at 1:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Jacksonville (4-3, 40-37)  @ Mobile (3-5, 45-32)

Starters: Finale: JAX: RHP Jose Urena (6-5, 4.37) MOB RHP A.J. Schugel (3-1, 4.11)

Series: Jacksonville leads 2-1

Who’s Hot: Brady Shoemaker (homered just before rain began to fall last night)

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:

– After only having two wins in 31 games when trailing after six innings in the first half of the season, the Suns have already rallied to win twice in the second half in games where they trail after six innings of play.

– The Suns tied their season high with eight walks in Thursday’s 4-3 win (also drew eight walks on May 15th and June 8th).

– Thursday’s come-from-behind win was Jacksonville’s 16th on the season and their eighth when trailing in the 7th inning or later.

– Normally a bad sign for the Suns, they improved to just 4-13 on the road when being outhit by their opponent.

– Prior to Friday’s ballgame, the Suns added INF Ryan Rieger from A+ Jupiter while the Miami Marlins granted INF Rich Poythress his outright release from the organization.

– Despite not being able to finish out Friday’s ballgame, the Suns were able to gain a half game on the Montgomery Biscutis after they lost 4-3 to Huntsville in 11 innings and are now in a three-way tie for first place.

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 BayBears: Live – June 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.

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.

 

Cargill to New Orleans, McCarthy to Jacksonville

Breaking News, Roster Moves

Collin Cargill is back with the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

MOBILE, Ala. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s games against the Mobile BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium at 2:05 p.m. ET.

Right-handed relief pitcher Collin Cargill has been transferred from the Suns to Triple-A New Orleans. With Jacksonville this season, Cargill is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA in 15 relief appearances. Cargill has been with the Zephyrs before this season, going 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA in six relief appearances and six and two-thirds innings pitched.

In a corresponding move, right-handed relief pitcher Casey McCarthy has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. With the Hammerheads this season, McCarthy has pitched in 14 games, going 2-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 25 and a third innings pitched with one save. McCarthy also pitched earlier this season with Single-A Greensboro, where he was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in seven appearances.

This is the first call-up to the Double-A level in McCarthy’s career, and he was selected by the Marlins in the 28th round of the 2012 draft out of California State University – Santa Barbara.

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

Friday’s ballgame between the Jacksonville Suns and the Mobile BayBears from Hank Aaron Stadium was suspended due to a heavy rainstorm that came through the Mobile area. The Suns led 4-3 with Joe Benson on first base and Terrence Dayleg at the plate with one out in the top of the sixth inning before the game was suspended on Friday night.

The game will be resumed and completed on today starting at 1:05 p.m. CT (2:05 p.m. ET). The two teams will finish off the series with a full nine-inning ballgame about 30-45 minutes after the completion of Friday’s suspended game to conclude all of Saturday’s action from Mobile.

For the series finale, the Suns will send out right-hander Jose Urena (6-5, 4.37) while the Barons will counter with a righty of their own in A.J. Schugel (3-1, 4.11).

Suns fans can listen to all of Saturday’s action 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 1:50 p.m. ET starting 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.