By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (6-5) split a doubleheader with the Biloxi Shuckers (6-5) falling in game one 6-0 while taking game two by a 5-2 score in a pair of seven inning contests Tuesday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:
Brooks Hall (W, 1-0) earned the victory in game one tossing six innings allowing one hit while walking one and striking out six. Trevor Williams (L, 0-1) picked up his first loss of the year lasting 4 and 1/3 innings surrendering five earned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out a batter.
The scoring began in game one courtesy of a Nick Ramirez RBI double in the bottom of the first to leap the Shuckers out to a 1-0 lead. Next batter, Michael Reed, would follow that up with a run scoring single to bring Ramirez home and double up the Biloxi advantage to 2-0.
In the second, Biloxi’s starter Hall (HR, 1) would blast a solo home run over the left field wall to extend the Shuckers lead to 3-0 through two innings.
Moving to the fourth frame and Adam Weisenburger would knock a RBI single to left field to balloon the Biloxi lead to 4-0. The fifth frame featured one more run brought across via a Michael Reed sac fly to make the score 5-0 in the Shuckers’ favor.
Biloxi tacked on a solo run in the last of the sixth following Taylor Green’s RBI single off of Suns reliever Casey McCarthy, setting the final score for game one of 6-0.
In game two, earning the victory was Suns left-hander Chipper Smith (W, 2-0) after producing five solid innings relinquishing two earned runs on five hits while not allowing a walk and striking out six. Shuckers starter Jacob Barnes (L, 0-2) took the loss working five innings surrendering three earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. Sean Donatello (S, 3) nailed down the win in the nightcap tossing a perfect ninth frame for his third save of the season.
The scoring would begin the in bottom of the first, after Michael Reed lined a two run single into center scoring Yadiel Rivera and Orlando Arcia to push the Shuckers in front 2-0.
The Suns would get their first run since Saturday after Terrance Dayleg ripped a run scoring double to cut their deficit in half through two innings of play now trailing 2-1.
Jacksonville received a pair of runs on one swing of the bat by Matt Juengel (HR, 2) as he would homer over the left field wall to jump the Suns in front 3-2 through five frames at Bragan Field.
The Suns got some insurance in the seventh and final inning courtesy of Ryan Rieger’s two-run triple propelling Jacksonville to a 5-2 lead.
The Suns and Shuckers will square off again Wednesday afternoon from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Kendry Flores (1-1, 3.60 ERA) to the mound to be opposed by Shuckers righty Tyler Wagner (2-0, 1.64 ERA).
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Here are highlights from tonight’s doubleheader: