By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns used a nine-run seventh inning to defeat their parent club Miami Marlins 14-8 in Saturday afternoon’s exhibition contest from Bragan Field.
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Juancito Martinez (W, 1-0) earned the victory for the Suns after tossing 3 and 1/3 innings allowing three hits, two earned runs while striking out two batters. Craig Stem (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) took the loss in 2/3 innings for Miami after relinquishing four hits (two home runs) while striking out one.
The scoring began in the top of the first for the Marlins when Giancarlo Stanton ripped a RBI double to left scoring Dee Gordon who reached on a leadoff base knock giving the Suns’ parent club an early 1-0 lead. Then Martin Prado’s RBI single to center brought home Stanton doubling up Miami’s advantage 2-0.
The Suns got on the board in the last of the second, following Carlos Lopez’s RBI double scoring Rosa cutting the Marlins lead in half 2-1. Next batter Ryan Rieger, then gave the Suns the lead on one swing of the bat, after mashing a two-run home run to right field leaping his squad in front 3-2 through two innings of play.
On to the top of the third and Michael Morse supplied a two RBI single that found it’s way into center to leap Miami back in front 4-3. In the same frame, Prado extended the Marlins lead on his second RBI single of the contest making the score 5-3.
Miami brought across runs in the fourth and fifth innings courtesy of Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s RBI single and Donovan Solano’s RBI double provided a 7-3 cushion through five innings of play.
In the seventh the Marlins continued to add to their lead after Yefri Perez’s run-scoring single set the score at 8-3. The bottom of the inning featured a RBI single from Terrance Dayleg cutting into the Marlins lead, the Suns were now behind 8-4. The bases loaded later in the frame Miami reliever Tyler Kinley hit David Adams with a pitch pushing the Suns closer 8-5. Next batter Rosa, then blasted a grand slam to right field off of right-hander Craig Stem, climbing Jacksonville back to their first lead since the second leading by a 9-8 score. The Suns weren’t done after Sharif Othman then blasted a three-run shot over the right field fence completing the Jacksonville nine-run seventh. The eighth frame the Suns weren’t done after Isaac Galloway’s two-run single pushed home a pair and set the final score of 14-8.
Jake Esch got the start for Jacksonville and in 3 and 2/3 innings pitched he surrender six runs on eight hits in his no decision.
The Suns will start their 2015 season against the Jackson Generals on Thursday April 9th at Bragan Field with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. ET. This will mark the start of a 20-game homestand for Jacksonville to start the year.
The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a 2014 replica Southern League Championship ring.
Suns fans can listen Thursday’s season opener on the Suns baseball Network, 100.3 FM&600 AM WBAB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show.
The 2015 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.