By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (8-8) used a three-run eighth to help propel them to a 4-0 victory over the Birmingham Barons (7-9) Sunday afternoon from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:
Earning the victory was right-hander Jake Esch (W, 2-0) tossing a scoreless seven innings on six hits while walking two and striking out six. Taking the loss was Mark Blackmar (L, 0-2) hurling seven innings allowing one run (earned) on two hits, including the solo home run to Matt Juengel (HR, 3), accompanied by two strikeouts. Lay Batista (S, 1) earned his first save of the year pitching a scoreless two innings while walking and striking out a batter.
This contest went scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when Juengel (HR, 3) sent a deep fly to left giving the Suns a 1-0 lead.
In the eighth frame Jacksonville provided three runs, all with two outs, when Justin Bohn provided a RBI triple, Austin Nola followed with a run scoring base knock, and Kenny Wilson’s RBI double ballooned the lead to 4-0 through eight innings.
The Suns are now winners of two-straight and have improved to a .500 on the season.
The Suns and Barons will square off once again Monday night at Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Trevor Williams (0-1, 3.31 ERA) to the mound to be opposed by Barons righty Myles Jaye (1-1, 4.11 ERA).
It’s Service Industry Night with free tickets available at select locations throughout the first coast area, courtesy of AM600 WBOB!
Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM/600 AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET
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.
Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: