Urena, Galloway Guide Suns To 8-1 Win Over Stars

Game Recap

HUNTSVILLE, AL – A dominant seven innings from Jose Urena and a big day at the plate from Isaac Galloway helped the Jacksonville Suns (26-15, 62-49) to an 8-1 win over the Huntsville Stars (19-22, 65-46) in Thursday’s series opener from Joe Davis Stadium.

Hear from Isaac Galloway after driving in four runs in Thursday’s win:

Jose Urena (W, 10-7) earned the win after tossing seven shutout innings for the second consecutive start, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out three Stars. The righty has now won each of his last four starts.

Greg Nappo retired the side in order in his one inning of work, collecting a strikeout along the way.

Jheyson Manzueta gave up one run (earned) despite not allowing any hits, but did walk a batter as he finished off the ballgame for Jacksonville.

Drew Gagnon (L, 7-6) took the loss for Huntsville by being tagged for six runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.2 innings, while walking two batters and striking out six.

The game remained scoreless until the Suns broke through with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. A wild pitch by Drew Gagnon and a two-out RBI single from Isaac Galloway gave Jacksonville a 2-0 lead after three and a half innings.

The Suns broke the game open by scoring four times in the top of the sixth. A two-run triple from Isaac Galloway, a RBI triple from Jose Urena and a RBI single from Austin Nola furthered Jacksonville’s advantage to 6-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Jacksonville again added to their lead with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. Isaac Galloway’s RBI double and Austin Nola’s RBI single made it an 8-0 lead for Jacksonville after the top of the eighth came to a close.

The Stars busted up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth, when a RBI groundout from Nick Ramirez plated Nick Shaw, making it an 8-1 Suns lead and capping off Thursday night’s scoring in the process.

The Suns and Stars will be back at it on Friday, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET). The Suns will start right-hander James Nygren (3-2, 3.55) while the Stars will send out a righty of their own in Jacob Barnes (2-5, 5.01).

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 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 Thursday’s ballgame:

Southern League Central – July 31, 2014

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Birmingham used the Tennessee series at Regions Field to claim the lead in the North.

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

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

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Yesterday’s Results / Today’s Matchups:

Jacksonville Suns 5 Montgomery Biscuits 3: Isaac Galloway homered (4) in the top of the 6th inning, which stood as the only milt-run inning for either team in the ballgame. Jacksonville held on for a fourth win in five head to head battles with Montgomery in this key South Division series. The Suns plated runs in the 1st, 7th and 8th innings to go alongside the key two-run swing from their talented outfielder. Montgomery plated runs in the 3rd, 7th and 9th innings, including a homer from Jeff Malm (4). The results served to keep Jacksonville even with Mobile for the South Division lead. The overall series was a series blow to Montgomery’s playoff hopes. Plenty of time remains for the Biscuits to turn things around, but it must begin soon for a team now relegated for fourth place in the standings.

Jacksonville takes series 4-1

Mobile BayBears 7 Jackson Generals 3: The BayBears and Suns continue to match one another game for game to remain tied atop the South standings. Mobile once again pushed ahead of Huntsville for the best overall record in the Southern League this season by picking up win number sixty-six. They used a seven run frame to do both. The bottom of the 3rd inning proved decisive as the BayBears turned twelve total hits throughout the ballgame into the necessary seven scores, all in this frame. Jackson secured runs in the 4th and 6th innings respectively, but totaled just three on five total hits. Mobile took four of five from their interdivisional foes. With thirty games to play, Mobile seems intent upon sweeping both halves in the South Division. They communicated a clear refusal to relinquish the top spot with their play in this home series.

Mobile takes series 4-1

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1 Mississippi Braves 0 (10): Mississippi saw the Southern League’s longest winning streak snapped on Wednesday night when they failed to score across ten innings of action. In fact, it took ten innings for either of the teams to score at Trustmark Park on Wednesday. When the dust settled, a sharp ground ball from Yorman Rodriguez was the difference. Rodriguez plated Devin Lohman in the top of the 10th with the eventual winner. Pensacola held on behind Shane Dyer’s twelfth save of the season, salvaging at least the final game from a series which had been dominated by the red-hot home standing Braves.   

Mississippi takes series 4-1

Chattanooga Lookouts 4 Huntsville Stars 1: Three runs in the 9th inning allowed the Lookouts to break a 1-1 tie and secure a second win in their series with the Stars. Nick Ramirez used his seventeenth homer of the season to log Huntsville’s only run.  Chattanooga received a pair of doubles from O’Koyea Dickson to lead the way. Dickson and Daniel Mayora both ended the night there for five with impact hits. Chattanooga used the big inning to secure win number forty on the season. Huntsville lost for only the forty-fifth time on the year.

Huntsville takes series 3-2

Birmingham Barons 7 Tennessee Smokies 3: Birmingham took the final two games of this showdown series to take what has to be considered a pretty large lead (compared to the past couple of weeks) in the Southern League’s North Division. The advantage grew to one game and one-half with the four run victory over Tennessee. On a night which saw both clubs grab ten hits each and remain perfect defensively, a couple of big innings propelled the defending champs to victory. Three runs in the 5th and 4 runs in the 8th did the trick for the Barons. Mitchell (9) and Thompson (12) provided the two big blasts as Birmingham took the series three games to two.

Series tied 3-2

Jacksonville Suns @ Huntsville Stars

Starters: JAX: Jose Urena (9-7, 3.88) HVL: Drew Gagnon (7-5, 3.50)

Mobile BayBears @ Mississippi Braves

Starters: MOB: Aaron Blair (2-0, 0.66) MIS: J.R. Graham (1-5, 5.43)

Birmingham Barons @ Chattanooga Lookouts

Starters: BIR: TBD (- -, -.—) CHT: Andres Santiago (3-6, 4.79)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ Tennessee Smokies

Starters: PNS: Ben Lively (0-5, 3.68) TNS: Felix Pena (- -, -.—)

Montgomery Biscuits @ Jackson Generals

Starters: MTG: Mike Colla (6-10, 4.54) JXN: Cam Hobson (6-8, 3.53)

Suns Open Final Scheduled Series In Huntsville Tonight

Game Preview

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Suns begin final trip to Joe W. Davis Stadium on Thursday. (Photo: Al.com)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Jacksonville will raise the curtain tonight on their final regular season series at Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium in Huntsville. The Suns (25-15, 61-49) and Stars (19-21, 65-45) are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET first pitch.

With the Stars franchise making the move to Biloxi, Mississippi for the 2015 season, the current five game set marks the Suns last scheduled trip to Huntsville for the foreseeable future. Fittingly, this battle with the first half champs from the North could turn out to be a very important series for the Suns.

Only thirty total games remain in the 2014 season, making each series critical. While the Stars have already punched one of the four available post-season tickets, Jacksonville is fighting to secure one of the two remaining Southern League playoff spots.

The Suns would gain entrance to the post-seaon by winning the second half South Division crown. Jacksonville enters the current series tied atop the standings with first-half champion Mobile.

Should the BayBears sweep both halves of the season, a wild card berth becomes available. Jacksonville currently trails the Mississippi Braves by one-half game in the wild-card race, which is determined by the best overall record throughout the entirety of the 140 game season.   

The Suns and Stars met April 3-7 at Bragan Field for the opening weekend of the 2014 campaign. Huntsville took four of the five games played in the River City. The current series will complete the ten scheduled meetings between the interdivisional foes.

Jose Urena (9-7, 3.88) will take the baseball for Jacksonville in tonight’s opener. Huntsville will counter with right-hander Drew Gagnon (7-5, 3.50).

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 (25-15, 61-49) @ Huntsville Stars (19-21, 65-45)

Starters: JAX: RHP Jose Urena (9-7, 3.88) MTG: RHP Drew Gagnon (7-5, 3.50)

Who’s Hot: Isaac Galloway (his home run was the big blow in Wednesday’s Biscuits 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:

– With Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Biscuits, the Suns improved to 38-19 in games decided by two runs or less.

– The Suns upped their record to 43-5 when holding a lead after six innings of play.

– Jacksonville is now 17-4 when they outhit their opponents in road games (32-8 overall).

– With 19 wins in the month of July, the Suns have set a new high for wins in a single month as an affiliate of the Miami Marlins (went 18-8 in July of 2009 and 18-11 in August of 2009).

– With a win on Thursday, the Suns would notch their first 20-win month since June of 2007 (22-7 record).

– On Wednesday, Dustin Moseley earned his first professional win since July 21, 2011 when as a member of the Padres, he helped San Diego defeat the Marlins in a road contest by a 5-3 final.

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 Stars: Live – July 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.

Moseley Shines In 5-3 Suns Win Over Biscuits

Game Recap

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Jacksonville Suns (25-15, 61-49) capped off an extremely successful to start to their road trip, winning four of five after defeating the Montgomery Biscuits (20-20, 55-55) by a 5-3 final in Wednesday’s series finale from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.

Hear from Dustin Moseley after picking up his first win as a Jacksonville Sun:

Dustin Moseley (W, 1-1) earned his first win as a Jacksonville Sun, surrendering two runs (one earned) on just three hits in seven innings of work, walking one batter and striking out two Biscuits in his winning effort.

Steve Ames (H, 1) only allowed a lone walk in his one hitless inning of relief.

Nick Wittgren (SV, 16) picked up his team-leading 16th save of the year by striking out a pair of Biscuits and allowing a two-out solo homer to Jeff Malm.

Victor Mateo (L, 10-7) was dealt the loss for Montgomery, giving up four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking a pair of batters and striking out three Suns in his seven innings.

The Suns struck first, grabbing one run in the top of the first inning. A two-out RBI single from Brady Shoemaker gave Jacksonville the early 1-0 lead after the first half inning of play.

The Biscuits leveled the scoring with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Alejandro Segovia scored on Kes Carter’s RBI groundout, making it a 1-1 ballgame with three innings in the books.

Jacksonville immediately took the lead back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. After Brent Keys extended the inning with a single, Isaac Galloway (HR, 4) drilled a two-out, two-run home run to left to put the Suns back on top by a 3-1 score in the top of the fourth inning.

J.T. Realmuto furthered the lead to 4-1 in favor of the Suns in the top of the seventh inning, when his RBI single plated Austin Barnes to push Jacksonville’s advantage to three.

The Biscuits got that run right back in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Alejandro Segovia’s sacrifice fly plated Luke Maile to make it a 4-2 Suns lead after seven innings.

Jacksonville pushed the lead back to three when Ryan Rieger scored on Austin Nola’s sacrifice fly, with the Suns in front by a 5-2 score in the top of the eighth inning.

Montgomery got a two-out solo home run from Jeff Malm (HR, 4) to cut it to a 5-3 game in the ninth and cap off Wednesday’s scoring.

The Suns will now head to Huntsville to begin a five-game series with the Stars, with the first pitch of Thursday’s series-opening game set for 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET). The Suns will start right-hander Jose Urena (9-7, 3.88) while the Stars will send out a righty of their own in Drew Gagnon (7-5, 3.50).

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 7:15 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 Wednesday’s ballgame:

Southern League Central – July 30, 2014

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Huntsville picked up win number sixty-five on Tuesday. The Stars are tied with Mobile for the Southern League’s overall win total in 2014. (Photo courtesy: Huntsville Stars)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

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

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Yesterday’s Results / Today’s Matchups:

Jacksonville Suns 1 Montgomery Biscuits 0: The clubs finished even in two-third of the line score, totaling seven hits and one error each. It was Jacksonville’s lone run in the top of the 6th inning which stood as the difference between them. Austin Nola drove home the game’s only score to hand Justin Nicolino (W, 9-3, 2.95) a well-deserved victory. Nicolino went the distance for the rare complete game shutout. In the process Jacksonville claimed win number sixty on the season and remained deadlocked with Mobile atop the Southern League South Division’s second half standings.

Starters: JAX: Dustin Moseley (0-1, 6.00) MTG: Victor Mateo (10-6, 3.57)

Jacksonville leads series 3-1

Mobile BayBears 2 Jackson Generals 1: It took extra innings for Mobile to keep the pressure on in the South. Once the dust cleared, the BayBears were still standing tall alongside the Suns atop the South Division. Mobile used a walk-off home run to claim the series victory from the Generals. Ryan Court’s blast, his first of the season, sent the fans at Hank Aaron Stadium into a jubilant frenzy. Evan Marzilli also homered in the contest, it stands as his second long ball of the year. The ballgame stood tied at 1-1 from the 6th inning on. Jackson’s only threat in extras came during the 10th inning. They appeared in position to take the lead before a key double play shut things down, keeping the game alive for the home team’s ultimate victory.

Starters: JXN: Tyler Pike (2-1, 5.47) MOB: Archie Bradley (1-1, 3.86)

Mobile leads series 3-1

Mississippi Braves 4 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3: Pensacola pushed three total runs across in the three separate innings to complete their scoring total. Mississippi plated three runs in a single inning to win the ballgame. The Braves matched the Blue Wahoos with a single run in the first inning and the contest remained tied 1-1 until inning number three. Pensacola took a short-lived advantage with a run in the top of the frame. Everything hinged on the bottom of the 5th inning, which saw the Braves post the decisive crooked number. Though the Blue Wahoos outhit the home team nine to six, they struggled to put together a big inning. Braeden Schlehuber logged a multi-RBI day to lead the way for Mississippi. The Braves ran their league-best winning streak to five games, keeping the pressure on the South Division leaders. 

Starters: PNS: Michael Lorenzen (4-5. 2.70) MIS: Mitch Atkins (5-0, 4.65)

Mississippi leads series 4-0

Huntsville Stars 2 Chattanooga Lookouts 0: The only run scoring inning in this ballgame was also a decisive bottom of the 5th. Two Huntsville runs came home to score and set the final. Though the clubs were pretty much even in the hit column (Chattanooga won this battle by the slimmest of margins at six to five), all the runs belonged to the Stars. Jed Bradley (W, 4-5) pitched lights out across six innings to secure the win. David Goforth nailed things down as usual, notching his Southern League leading twenty-second save. The Stars pushed their win total to sixty-five, tying them with Mobile for the best overall mark in the entire league.

Starters: CHT: Steve Smith (0-0, 10.80) HVL: Brent Suter (9-8, 4.49)

Huntsville leads series 3-1

Birmingham Barons 3 Tennessee Smokies 2: Birmingham kept the every-other-day trend alive in this series. The Barons reclaimed the Division lead and forced a rubber match for both series and North Division supremacy. Every game in this series has given Southern League fans exactly what they expected and a whole lot more. Tuesday night saw Birmingham carry a 2-0 lead into the 8th inning and a 2-1 lead into the 9th. After Tennessee tied the game with a run in the top of the 9th, the Barons answered with a run of their own to win it in walk-off fashion. Chris Curley provided the infield single which brought home Josh Richmond to end it. Birmingham overcame two costly fielding errors to notch a huge win number forty-nine on the season. The series and the North Division lead are both up for grabs in tonight’s finale at Regions Field.

Starters: TNS: Jeffry Antigua (0-1, 3.38) BIR: Myles Jaye (2-9, 6.25)

Series tied 2-2

Suns, Biscuits Meet In Series Finale Tonight At 8:05 ET

Game Preview

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Jacksonville goes for four of five tonight in Montgomery. (Photo courtesy: Roger C. Hoover)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Tonight marks the series finale for a pair of South Division rivals. The Suns (24-15, 60-49) and Biscuits (20-19, 55-54) face off for the final time in 2014 at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled to be delivered at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Jacksonville picked up win number sixty on the season and secured the current series with a 1-0 victory Tuesday night. Another outstanding start from Justin Nicolino (W, 9-3) set the tone and Austin Nola’s sixth inning RBI stood as the difference in the shutout.

The BayBears once again kept pace atop the division, by defeating Jackson. The Suns and BayBears remain tied for first place in the Southern League South. Montgomery fell to four games behind in the standings with the loss.

With Mobile still in the mix for a South Division sweep, the potential wild-card race has certainly become a focal point. Mississippi, Jacksonville and Montgomery are all in the hunt. The Braves and Suns are separated by only one game and a-half.

The Suns now lead the season series with the Biscuits 12-7. Tonight’s game is the final meeting between the two teams this season. Jacksonville used back to back wins opening the current set to nail down the series.

During the most recent series, Jacksonville took five of six games played at Bragan Field. Only four of the five scheduled game were completed in the only prior set at Riverwalk Stadium, which ended in a 2-2 split.

Former major leaguer Dustin Moseley (0-1, 6.00) will make just his second start for Jacksonville in tonight’s finale. Mosely will be opposed by Suns nemesis Victor Mateo (10-6, 3.57). Mateo enters with double figures in wins and a history of giving Jacksonville problems from atop the mound.

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 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Jacksonville (24-15, 60-49) @ Montgomery Biscuits (20-19, 55-54)

Starters: JAX: RHP Dustin Moseley (0-1, 6.00) MTG: RHP Victor Mateo (10-6, 3.57)

Who’s Hot: Austin Nola (drove in the only run of game four 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:

– With Justin Nicolino going the distance in Jacksonville’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, the Suns notched their AA-leading 13th shutout of the 2014 season.

– The Suns collected their 26th one-run victory of the year, the most such victories in all of professional baseball.

– Jacksonville improved to 25-0 on the road and 45-1 overall when holding a lead after eight innings of play.

– Following Tuesday’s victory, the Suns have not lost in their last six series (5 wins, 1 tie; 20-10 record).

– After playing in one 1-0 ballgame through the first 105 games of the year (lost at Birmingham on April 11th), the Suns have played in two such contests in the span of the last four games, winning both.

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 – July 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.

Nicolino Goes The Distance As Suns Beat Biscuits 1-0

Game Recap

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Jacksonville Suns (24-15, 60-49) rode the untouchable left arm of Justin Nicolino to a narrow 1-0 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits (20-19, 55-54) to win the series on Tuesday night from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.

Hear manager Andy Barkett’s postgame comments here:

Justin Nicolino (W, 9-3) earned the win as he went the distance in the complete game shutout, holding the Biscuits without a run on seven hits without walking a batter and striking out four over nine brilliantly worked innings. The left-hander only needed 92 pitches (68 of them for strikes) to get through his marvelous Tuesday night outing. The complete game shutout is the left-hander’s second of his career, both coming in the 2014 season.

Grayson Garvin (L, 0-5) pitched well but was dealt the loss after allowing the only run of the game (earned) on four hits while striking out three Suns and not issuing a walk in his six solid innings.

The game remained scoreless until the Suns broke through with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Austin Nola drove in Isaac Galloway with a RBI single to break the scoreless deadlock and put the Suns ahead by a 1-0 score in the top of the sixth.

The Suns have now earned a series victory by winning three of the first four games of the set.

The Suns and Biscuits will be back at it on Wednesday, with first pitch of the series finale set for 7:05 p.m. CT (8:05 p.m. ET). The Suns will start right-hander Dustin Moseley (0-1, 6.00) while the Biscuits will send out a righty of their own in Victor Mateo (10-6, 3.57).

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 7:50 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 Tuesday’s ballgame:

Southern League Central – July 29, 2014

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Kyle Kubitza and the Braves are riding the league’s longest winning streak. (Photo courtesy: Mississippi Braves)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

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

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Yesterday’s Results / Today’s Matchups:

Montgomery Biscuits 6 Jacksonville Suns 1: Montgomery’s first batter in the ballgame took the Suns starter deep on Monday night. It was a pretty solid indication of things to come. Before Jacksonville escaped the first inning, every member of the Biscuits order had come to the plate and three runs were on the board. The Suns would attempt to answer with a run in the top of the very next inning, but they would not score again on the night. The Biscuits plated a pair in the 6th and one more in the 7th en route to the first home win in this series. Montgomery dominated this contest from start to finish, out-hitting the Suns fourteen to five. The Biscuits will attempt to remain in the thick of the South Division playoff race by keeping the series in play with a second consecutive win on Tuesday. 

Starters: JAX: Justin Nicolino (8-3, 3.16) MTG: Grayson Garvin (0-4, 3.72)

Jacksonville leads series 2-1

Jackson Generals 8 Mobile BayBears 4: Two crooked numbers allowed in the middle innings doomed the South Division’s first half champs against the Jackson Generals in game three of the series. Jackson used three in the 4th and 4 in the 6th to propel themselves to victory. The scoring from those two innings along would have been enough for the Generals, though they would add one more score for good measure in the 8th. Mobile never scored more than a single run during any frame in the ballgame. The Mobile scoring came in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 9th innings respectively. Steve Baron had three hits and Brock Hebert drove in just as many runs for Jackson. The Generals will look to even the series tonight at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Starters: JXN: Victor Sanchez (5-4, 3.76) MOB: Bradin Hagens (8-5, 4.33)

Mobile leads series 2-1

Mississippi Braves 6 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2: In the type of oddity that only this great game of baseball can provide, Mississippi defeated Pensacola by the exact same score for the third straight night. Though Monday’s methodology was different, the end result, exactly the same. On Monday the Braves used a five run 5th inning to set the tone, then plated their final run in the eighth to place an exclamation point of the series claiming victory. The Blue Wahoos would only battle back in the 5th, with a two-spot which would not be nearly enough. Kyle Kubitza delivered his fifth home run of the season in the ballgame for the home standing Braves. Mississippi made up ground on both leaders in the South Division, as the only of the top three clubs to taste victory on this night. The Braves are riding a Southern League best four game winning streak.

Starters: PNS: Robert Stephenson (5-6. 4.12) MIS: Ryan Weber (3-4, 4.54)

Mississippi leads series 3-0

Huntsville Stars 5 Chattanooga Lookouts 4: The Stars used a come from behind victory for the second consecutive night, taking control of their series with Chattanooga. This time a three-run bottom of the 9th secured the Huntsville win. Trailing 4-2 in their final at bat, the Stars went to work. It began with a Robinzon Diaz single. After Yadiel Rivera’s fly out to right field, Kentrail Davis contributed a single of his own. With two aboard, Shea Vucinich reached on a Chattanooga fielding error to load the bases. After pinch-hitter Adam Weisenburger walked, the Stars were poised to cash in. Nick Shaw delivered the ultimate blow, ending the ballgame. Shaw’s tenth double of the season brought home Davis and Vucinich, making Huntsville’s sixty-fourth victory of the season a walk-off winner. 

Starters: CHT: Chris Reed (4-7, 3.37) HVL: Jed Bradley (3-5, 4.24)

Huntsville leads series 2-1

Tennessee Smokies 11 Birmingham Barons 8: The Smokies built a big lead early, then held on, to re-claim sole possession of the division lead in the Southern League North.  With the game tied 2-2 after two innings of action, Tennessee posted a single run in the 3rd and four more in the 4th to take a 7-2 advantage. A pair in the sixth extended the lead to 9-2. Birmingham showed further signs of life in the 6th with a three-spot to close the gap. In spite of two Barons runs int eh 8th and a single run in the home half of the 9th, the Smokies had built a large enough advantage. Lars Anderson secured his first home run in a Smokies uniform during the contest. Every game in this highly anticipated series thus far has resulted in a changing of the guard atop the North.

Starters: TNS: Pierce Johnson (3-4, 2.98) BIR: Chris Bassitt (- -, -.—)

Tennessee leads series 2-1

Southern League Announces Suspensions from Friday Incident

Breaking News, Roster Moves

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Southern League announced that five members of the Jacksonville Suns have been suspended due to Friday’s on-field incident between the Suns and the Birmingham Barons at Bragan Field.

Manager Andy Barkett, pitcher Matt Ramsey, and infielder Wilfredo Gimenez have been suspended for three games beginning with tonight’s contest against the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium. Pitcher Jheyson Manzueta has also been suspended for three games, and his suspension will begin on August 1. Infielder Alfredo Lopez has been suspended for four games, and his suspension will begin on August 1.

Each Suns player was fined for leaving their position per league rule, and all Suns personnel listed above that were suspended were fined for an additional amount. The amount of the fines was not disclosed.

A revised roster, reflecting the moves to the suspended list, is attached.

The Suns and Biscuits will be back at it on Tuesday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. CT (8:05 p.m. ET). The Suns will start left-hander Justin Nicolino (8-3, 3.16) while the Biscuits will send out a lefty of their own in Grayson Garvin (0-4, 3.72).

Suns fans can listen to Tuesday’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 7:50 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 Pursue Win Number Sixty Tonight In Montgomery

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Suns and Biscuits are set for game four tonight at 8:05 ET. (Photo courtesy: Roger C. Hoover)

By Jason Patterson / Jacksonville Suns

Game four between the Suns (23-15, 59-49) and Biscuits (20-18, 55-53) will take place Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. The first pitch is once again scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

The Biscuits were able to keep the current series in play by controlling last night’s game from start to finish. A trio of runs in the bottom of the first inning set the tone for Montgomery’s 6-1 victory.

Mobile fell to Jackson on Monday, allowing Montgomery to pick up a game in the standings on both South Division leaders. The Biscuits have sole possession of fourth place, three full games behind.

The Suns and BayBears remain tied for first place, with Montgomery a little closer to striking distance. The Biscuits  are now just one game behind third place Mississippi.

With Mobile still in the mix for a South Division sweep, the potential wild-card race is certainly heating up. Mississippi, Jacksonville and Montgomery are all separated by just five and one-half games. The Suns are only one and one-half games short of the Braves full season mark, with thirty-two left to play.

Montgomery’s win decreased the Suns overall advantage to 11-7. Just two head to head games remain for 2014. Jacksonville has already secured victory in the season series, with back to back wins to open the current set.

The Suns took five of six games from the Biscuits during the most recent meeting on May 26-30. Only four of the five scheduled game were played in only prior series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium, which ended in a 2-2 split. The other three Biscuits wins came when they took a late April series in the River City, 3 games to 2.

Tonight’s contest features a matchup of left-handed starters. Justin Nicolino (8-3, 3.16), who has been nothing short of dominant in three starts against the Biscuits this season, will take the baseball for Jacksonville. He will be opposedby Grayson Garvin (0-4, 3.72) for Montgomery.

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 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Matchup: Jacksonville (23-15, 59-49) @ Montgomery Biscuits (20-18, 55-53)

Starters: JAX: LHP Justin Nicolino (8-3, 3.16) MTG: LHP Grayson Garvin (0-4, 3.72)

Who’s Hot: Justin Nicolino (the left-hander has had the Biscuits number this season)

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:

– Despite Monday’s 6-1 loss, the Suns’ 17 wins in the month of July is three more than the next closest team and Jacksonville leads the Southern League with a 3.01 team ERA over the course of the month.

– The Suns fell to 7-39 when trailing after six innings of play.

– Justin Nicolino has been tough on the Biscuits in his three starts on the 2014 season, going 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA (21.2 IP, 14 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 11 K on the 2014 season vs. Montgomery).

– Jacksonville dropped its record to 20-37 when being outhit by their opponent.

– Prior to Monday’s ballgame, C J.T. Realmuto re-joined the Suns after being with the Miami Marlins since July 25th.

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 – July 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.