JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Jacksonville Suns (3-1) used a three-run seventh and a two-run eighth to create some separation from the Mobile BayBears (1-3) as the Suns earned a berth in the Southern League Championship Series with a 9-1 victory in game four of the South Division Championship Series on Monday from Bragan Field.
Hear from Viosergy Rosa after Jacksonville’s SDCS-clinching 9-1 win in game four:
Jay Rogers (W, 1-0) earned the win for Jacksonville in their series-clinching ballgame, allowing one run (earned) on four hits with two strikeouts over five walk-free innings.
Reid Redman (H, 1) retired all six batters he faced in two stellar innings, striking out one batter along the way.
Nick Wittgren allowed a lone hit in his scoreless eighth inning of work.
Jheyson Manzueta tossed a scoreless ninth inning, giving up two hits while striking out one batter in his one inning of relief.
A.J. Schugel (L, 0-1) took the loss for Mobile after surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth when Mobile hopped on the board with a single run. Brandon Drury scored from second base on Todd Glaesmann’s RBI single to give the BayBears a 1-0 lead after three and a half innings of play.
But the Suns struck right back to tie the game and then take the lead with a four-run bottom of the fourth. RBI singles from Joe Benson and Isaac Galloway, a Jay Rogers RBI and a bases-loaded walk to Austin Nola gave the Suns a 4-1 lead with four innings complete.
A lengthy rain delay with Viosergy Rosa on second base and Joe Benson at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning forced Sunday’s game four to be suspended and resumed on Monday beginning at noon.
Well after game four had resumed play on Monday afternoon, Jacksonville added to its lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Austin Nola and J.T. Realmuto came around to score on Viosergy Rosa’s two-run double to extend the Suns’ lead to 6-1 after seven innings.
The Suns furthered their advantage by scoring three more times in the eighth inning. The Suns got their first run of the inning on Tom Belza’s fielding error on a ball put in play by Danny Black and added two more on a two-run double by Austin Nola to expand the lead to 9-1 in favor of the Suns and cap off the scoring in game four.
In total, game four featured two hours and eight minutes of two separate rain delays.
With the victory, the Jacksonville Suns are headed back to the Southern League Championship Series for the first time since 2010, when the defeated the Tennessee Smokies in four games to be named Southern League champions.
The Suns will begin the Southern League Championship Series on the road on Wednesday but do not yet know who their opponent will be, as the Huntsville Stars (2-2) and Chattanooga Lookouts (2-2) will play in a decisive game five on Monday night at 7:15 p.m. ET at AT&T Field.
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 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 of the SDCS: