Suns Fall 6-5 in Extras

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (19-30) fell to the Birmingham Barons (24-26) in the 11th inning 6-5 courtesy of Marcus Lemon’s walk-off RBI single Sunday afternoon from Regions Field.

Kyle Hansen (W, 2-1) earned the victory out of the bullpen for Birmingham working scoreless frame allowing two hits while striking out two. Juancito Martinez (L, 0-1) took the loss in relief for Jacksonville retiring only one batter and relinquishing the game-winning hit to Lemon in the 11th.

The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first after Tim Anderson led off the frame with a single, then stole second, and moved to third on a fly ball to set up 90 feet away from home. Brian Fletcher would provide a infield RBI single that brought in Anderson, and gave the Barons a 1-0 lead. After a Nola throwing error on Fletcher’s base knock, he was set up in scoring position for Danny Hayes who then lined a run scoring single to double up the Birmingham advantage at 2-0 through one inning of play.

To the bottom of the sixth and Joey DiMichele would rip a two RBI double off of Smith, that brought in both Fletcher and Hayes, to double up the Barons scoreboard advantage to 4-0.

Flashing to the seventh, and a pair of walks by Danish put two runners on for Matt Juengel, who then lined a run-scoring single to get the Suns on the board now trailing 4-1. Then Kenny Wilson brought the Suns to within a run after his two-run single made the tally 4-3.

In the top of the ninth, the Suns tried to rally against Barons reliever Cody Winarski. First a lead off walk to Juengel, and an error allowed Danny Black to reach. A sacrifice bunt by Wilson moved both runners into scoring position for Austin Nola. Nola with one swing collected a two-run single and moved the Suns in front 5-4 in the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth frame, Tim Anderson led off with an infield single, and a throwing error by Suns closer Sean Donatello (BS, 3), moved him all the way to third. Next batter, Jacob May brought him home with his sac fly to center to tie the game at five.

Moving to the last of the eleventh, with Juancito Martinez on the mound for Jacksonville, DiMichele led off with a base knock, to then move to second after Farrell’s sac bunt. That set the table for Marcus Lemon who provided the game winning RBI single to score DiMichele and win the ballgame 6-5.

Chipper Smith in his start for Jacksonville lasted five and one-third innings relinquishing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out six.

Blake Logan generated a scoreless one and two-thirds innings of relief for Jacksonville allowing one hit while walking one and striking out a pair of batters. Brian Ellington hurled a perfect eighth inning for the Suns in his winning decision. Sean Donatello (BS, 3) picked up a blown save after relinquishing the tying run in the ninth while working a scoreless 10th.

The Suns will start a five-game series with the Montgomery Biscuits at Bragan Field Monday night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Kendry Flores (3-3, 2.06 ERA) while the Biscuits will counter with right-hander Jared Mortensen (3-3, 3.27 ERA).

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Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start 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:

Suns Set For Rubber Match This Afternoon

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Sharif Othman 5-30

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (19-29) will get set for the rubber match against the Birmingham Barons (23-26) this afternoon from Regions Field with a first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. ET.

The Suns have faced a pair of walk off losses in this series with Danny Hayes providing the game-winning single in both Barons victories.

J.B. Wendelken (W, 3-2) (BS, 2) earned the win in an inning of relief in which he surrendered two runs (both earned) on three hits including Matt Juengel’s game-tying two-run home run in the ninth while not walking or striking out a batter. Casey McCarthy (L, 0-3) took the loss out of the bullpen for the Suns allowing one run (earned) on four hits while not walking or striking out a batter.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second when the Suns worked the bases loaded. A passed ball getting away from the catcher Rob Brantly brought in Viosergy Rosa, then that was followed up by a wild pitch from Montas, that sent home Zack Cox, and moved the Suns out to a 2-0 lead. Moving to the first of the third frame Kenny Wilson would lead off with a single to then steal second and move to third on a Carlos Lopez groundout. Next batter to the plate was major league rehabber Jeff Mathis, who would arch a RBI sacrifice fly to right scoring Wilson and providing Jacksonville with a 3-0 advantage. Onto the third and the Barons got on the board after Jacob May grounded a run-scoring single through the left side plating Jeremy Farrell from second. The Suns lead was now trimmed to 3-1 through three frames at Regions Field. Flashing to the bottom of the fourth, and the Barons would work to within a run after Farrell’s RBI single scored Joey DiMichele, who singled and stole second to get into scoring position. The Suns lead was now 3-2.

Lay Batista in relief for the Suns got into trouble in the eighth after hitting a pair of batters and walking one which loaded the bases for Birmingham. Next batter Adrian Nieto would manufacture a walk against the right-hander to tie the game at three. Now with Jacksonville turning to McCarthy out of the bullpen, he would relinquish a two RBI base hit to Farrell that leaped the Barons out to a 5-3 scoreboard advantage. The final chance for the Suns in the bottom of the ninth, saw Cox single to set up Matt Juengel (HR, 6) for a two-run blast off of Birmingham reliever Wendelken that tied the score at five.

Then in the bottom of the ninth with two men on, Danny Hayes would knock in the winning run with a walk off RBI single en route to the 6-5 win. Trevor Williams worked six innings surrendering two runs (both earned) on 10 hits while not walking a batter and striking out five in his start for the Suns.

Today’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Chipper Smith opposed by Birmingham righty Tyler Danish. Smith enters this start with a 2-1 record attached alongside a 4.50 ERA. In his last start the southpaw collected a no decision in five innings of work in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out a batter against Mississippi on 5/25. The former 38th round pick of the Marlins made one start against Birmingham this season that came on 4/28, that turned out to be a no decision after hurling six and two-thirds innings surrendering five runs (all earned) on six hits. This is Smith’s second go around with double-A Jacksonville after toeing the rubber in 14 starts a year ago posting a 3-4 record with a 4.27 earned run mark.

Danish takes the ball 4-2 sporting a 4.40 ERA. His last trip to the hill came on 5/25 against Biloxi, and in a losing effort, he worked four frames surrendering seven runs (four earned) on seven hits while walking one and not striking out a batter. After a hot start in April that saw the righty work to a 2.86 ERA, the month of May has seen that figure rise to 5.76 over five starts in the current calendar month. The former 2nd round draft pick of the White Sox in 2013, shined in 2014, earning ‘Pitcher of the Week’ honors on two separate occasions, first on 5/5 with Kannapolis, then on 8/11 with Winston-Salem. Overall that season Danish went 8-3 pitching to a 2.08 ERA in a span of 25 starts.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (19-29) @ Birmingham Barons (23-26)

Starters: JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. BIR: RHP Tyler Danish (4-2, 4.40 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Matt Juengel has enjoyed playing Birmingham this year, mashing four of his six home runs on the season (two in this series) against the Barons to go along with eight of his 22 RBI. Zack Cox continues to creep up the S.L. in batting moving from eighth to sixth after last night’s game. The lefty-slugger is batting .524 over his last 10 games and is 5-for-8 (.625) in this series.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Starter Kendry Flores is first in WHIP (0.85), first in batting average against (.172), first in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.94), and fourth in ERA (2.06) in the Southern League. Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (12) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .097 average. Zack Cox rests in third in on-base percentage (.420) and sixth in batting average (.331).

 

Suns Fall Victim to 6-5 Walk Off Defeat

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (19-29) lost 6-5 to the Birmingham Barons (23-26) in walk off fashion for the second time in the series in Saturday night’s game from Regions Field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:

J.B. Wendelken (W, 3-2) (BS, 2) earned the win in an inning of relief in which he surrendered two runs (both earned) on three hits including Matt Juengel’s game-tying two-run home run in the ninth while not walking or striking out a batter. Casey McCarthy (L, 0-3) took the loss out of the bullpen for the Suns allowing one run (earned) on four hits while not walking or striking out a batter.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second when the Suns worked the bases loaded. A passed ball getting away from the catcher Rob Brantly brought in Viosergy Rosa, then that was followed up by a wild pitch from Montas, that sent home Zack Cox, and moved the Suns out to a 2-0 lead.

Moving to the first of the third frame Kenny Wilson would lead off with a single to then steal second and move to third on a Carlos Lopez groundout. Next batter to the plate was major league rehabber Jeff Mathis, who would arch a RBI sacrifice fly to right scoring Wilson and providing Jacksonville with a 3-0 advantage.

Onto the third and the Barons got on the board after Jacob May grounded a run-scoring single through the left side plating Jeremy Farrell from second. The Suns lead was now trimmed to 3-1 through three frames at Regions Field.

Flashing to the bottom of the fourth, and the Barons would work to within a run after Farrell’s RBI single scored Joey DiMichele, who singled and stole second to get into scoring position. The Suns lead was now 3-2.

Lay Batista in relief for the Suns got into trouble in the eighth after hitting a pair of batters and walking one which loaded the bases for Birmingham. Next batter Adrian Nieto would manufacture a walk against the right-hander to tie the game at three. Now with Jacksonville turning to McCarthy out of the bullpen, he would relinquish a two RBI base hit to Farrell that leaped the Barons out to a 5-3 scoreboard advantage.

The final chance for the Suns in the bottom of the ninth, saw Cox single to set up Matt Juengel (HR, 6) for a two-run blast off of Birmingham reliever Wendelken that tied the score at five.

Then in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on Danny Hayes would single home the winning run en route to the 6-5 win.

Trevor Williams worked six innings surrendering two runs (both earned) on 10 hits while not walking a batter and striking out five in his start for the Suns.

The Suns and Barons will square off once again with a first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out lefty Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.50 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Tyler Danish (4-2, 4.40 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 3:30 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:

Mathis Joins Suns on Major League Rehab Assignment

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Jeff Mathis will join the Suns in Birmingham on a rehab assignment. Photo Courtesy:  Mike Ehrmann-Getty Images

Jeff Mathis will join the Suns in Birmingham on a rehab assignment. Photo Courtesy: Mike Ehrmann-Getty Images

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Birmingham Barons at 7:30 p.m. ET at Regions Field.

Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis joins the Suns on a transfer of Major League rehab assignment from the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Mathis played in four games with the Zephyrs, going 0-for-10 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts.

Mathis broke his right ring finger near the knuckle on April 12 when he was hit on his throwing hand off a foul tip from Tampa Bay’s Tim Beckham. He was placed on the disabled list the following day, and he began his rehab assignment with New Orleans on Sunday May 24.

This season Mathis had played in three games for the Marlins, going 0-for-5 at the plate with a walk and three strikeouts. Mathis was acquired by the Marlins in a November 2012 trade from the Toronto Blue Jays, in a deal that also sent former Jacksonville Suns Justin Nicolino, Anthony DeSclafani, and Jake Marisnick to the Miami organization.

In his first year as a Marlin in 2013, Mathis had a rehab assignment with the Suns in early May when he was recovering from a broken collarbone. In those three games with Jacksonville, Mathis hit .273 (3-for-11) with a home run and six runs batted in.

Mathis is an 11-year major league veteran, known for being an excellent defensive catcher. A native of Marianna, Florida, Mathis was a first round selection (33rd overall pick) by the Anaheim Angels in 2001. Mathis made his major league debut in 2005, and has caught in the majors ever since with the Angels (2005-2011), Blue Jays (2012), and Marlins (2013-present). He is a career .195 hitter in the majors with 41 home runs and 207 RBI.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players plus Mathis on his rehab assignment, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and Barons will square off once again Saturday with a first pitch set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.40 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.60 ERA). Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM & 600 AM “The Answer” or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:15 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.

Suns Can Claim Series Victory Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (19-28) can earn their fourth series victory of the year with a win tonight over the Birmingham Barons (22-26) and first pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET from Regions Field.

Austin Brice (W, 2-4) tossed six innings in his start for Jacksonville surrendering two runs (both earned) on four hits (one home run) while not walking a batter and striking out six. Tony Bucciferro (L, 0-2) generated four frames in relief for Birmingham relinquishing three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking a solo batter in a losing decision. Matt Tomshaw (S, 2) hurled three scoreless innings while walking one and striking out a pair of batters for his second save of the year.

The scoring would begin in the top of the third, against Barons reliever Tony Bucciferro, after Zack Cox led off with a ground rule double to then be followed up by Danny Black’s single to put runners on the corners. Next batter Chadd Krist grounded into a double play that sent home Cox and gave Jacksonville a 1-0 lead. In the last of the third Marcus Lemon started things off with a single to then be moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob May. Joey DiMichele would cash in with a runner in scoring position after lining a RBI single to right to tie the score at one.

In the bottom of the fourth Christian Marrero (HR, 4) blasted a solo shot to right off of Brice to put Birmingham up 2-1. Flashing ahead to the sixth, and Austin Nola would rip a game-tying RBI double that sent home Kenny Wilson, who started the frame with a base knock and moved to third courtesy of a stolen base followed by a Carlos Lopez groundout. Next batter, Viosergy Rosa, then scorched a run-scoring base knock to right that brought in Nola and leaped the Suns out to a 3-2 scoreboard advantage.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Trevor Williams opposed by Birmingham righty Frankie Montas. Williams comes into this start 1-6 along with a 5.40 ERA. Williams earned his first career double-A victory on 5/24 against Mississippi, in which he tossed a stellar 6 and one-third scoreless innings allowing five hits while walking three and striking out three batters. The former second round draft pick of the Marlins in 2013 entered this season as the organizations eighth ranked prospect according to Baseball America. The Arizona State product does have one prior start against Birmingham on 4/27, in which he took the loss lasting six frames relinquishing three runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking a pair of batters and striking out three in a losing decision.

Montas enters his start 0-1 attached with a 3.60 earned-run mark. His last start came on 5/24 against Biloxi in which he would manufacture five frames surrendering three runs (two earned) on four hits in a no decision. Montas has collected no decisions in six of his seven trips to the mound, in this his second go-around with the Barons after make one start a year ago with the club. The White Sox acquired him in 2013 from the Red Sox in a three-team deal that most notably sent Jake Peavy to Boston.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- May 30, 2015:

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.

Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (19-28) @ Birmingham Barons (22-26)

Starters: JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.40 ERA) vs. BIR: RHP Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.60ERA)

Who’s Hot: Viosergy Rosa after a four RBI performance two nights ago, followed that up with a big RBI single in the top of the sixth that put the Suns up for good last night. Austin Nola ripped a run-scoring double in the win, and has posted a .333 average over his last five games accompanied with three RBI and six runs scored. Zack Cox is eighth in batting average in the S.L, thanks in part the .444 average he has put together over his last 10 contests.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Starter Kendry Flores is first in WHIP (0.85), first in batting average against (.172), first in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.94), and fourth in ERA (2.06) in the Southern League. Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (12) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .103 average. Zack Cox rests tied for third in on-base percentage (.411) and eighth in batting average (.319).

Suns Slide Past Barons 3-2

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (19-28) earned their seventh one-run victory of the year after topping the Birmingham Barons (22-26) 3-2 Friday night from Regions Field.

Austin Brice (W, 2-4) tossed six innings in his start for Jacksonville surrendering two runs (both earned) on four hits (one home run) while not walking a batter and striking out six. Tony Bucciferro (L, 0-2) generated four frames in relief for Birmingham relinquishing three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking a solo batter in a losing decision. Matt Tomshaw (S, 2) hurled three scoreless innings while walking one and striking out a pair of batters for his second save of the year.

The scoring would begin in the top of the third, against Barons reliever Tony Bucciferro, after Zack Cox led off with a ground rule double to then be followed up by Danny Black’s single to put runners on the corners. Next batter Chadd Krist grounded into a double play that sent home Cox and gave Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.

In the last of the third Marcus Lemon started things off with a single to then be moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob May. Joey DiMichele would cash in with a runner in scoring position after lining a RBI single to right to tie the score at one.

In the bottom of the fourth Christian Marrero (HR, 4) blasted a solo shot to right off of Brice to put Birmingham up 2-1.

Flashing ahead to the sixth, and Austin Nola would rip a game-tying RBI double that sent home Kenny Wilson, who started the frame with a base knock and moved to third courtesy of a stolen base followed by a Carlos Lopez groundout. Next batter, Viosergy Rosa, then scorched a run-scoring base knock to right that brought in Nola and leaped the Suns out to a 3-2 scoreboard advantage.

The Suns and Barons will square off once again with a first pitch set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.40 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.60 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM & 600 AM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:15 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:

Suns Look to Rebound from Tough Loss

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (18-28) look to bounce back from an extra inning defeat tonight when they take on the Birmingham Barons (22-25) in game three of their series from Regions Field.

With last night’s 6-5 loss in 10 innings, Jacksonville is now 2-2 in extra inning contests this year while falling to 1-1 in road games lasting more than nine innings. After taking the first pair of games 3-2 on 4/16 against Montgomery in 10, and 4-2 on 5/8 against Mobile in a 14-inning marathon, the latter half hasn’t been as kind dropping a 8-7 ballgame in 10 frames against Mississippi on 5/21, and last night’s one run heartbreaker, have all help compile the Suns .500 mark in extra inning games.

Raul Fernandez (W, 3-4) earned the victory out of the Barons bullpen tossing a scoreless frame in the tenth. Sean Donatello (L, 0-3) (BS, 2) took the loss and his second blown save of the year, after surrendering the game tying RBI double to Marcus Lemon in the ninth, and the go-ahead RBI single to Hayes in the tenth.

In the top of the third Jacksonville worked the bases loaded. Kenny Wilson’s two out single and stolen base, was soon followed by walks in the frame to Danny Black and Austin Nola filled the bases full of Suns. Next batter, Viosergy Rosa, then cleared the bases with a three RBI double down the right field line gave the Suns a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, a pair of singles by Joey DiMichele and Tim Anderson, set the table for a two-run double off the bat of Courtney Hawkins that trimmed the Suns lead to 3-2 through three innings of play. In the last of the fourth frame, Christian Marrero lead off with a double soon to be followed a Danny Hayes single that put runners on the corners with no one out. Jeremy Farrell then tied the score at three after ripping a RBI base knock to bring home Marrero. The fifth saw a pair of base knocks by Wilson and Rosa, accompanied with a walk to Danny Black, that loaded the bases for Matt Juengel’s RBI fielders choice groundball that broke the tie and gave Jacksonville a 4-3 lead.

Flashing to the seventh, and Rosa would arch a RBI sac fly with the bases loaded that brought home Wilson and doubled up the Suns advantage to 5-3. The eighth stanza saw the Barons work the runners on the corners against Suns reliever Craig Stem. Hayes then would creep his squad closer after his RBI single brought home Rob Brantly to make the tally 5-4.

In the bottom of the ninth with Suns closer Sean Donatello (BS, 2) blew the save opportunity after Marcus Lemon’s RBI double tied the score at five. To the bottom of the tenth and Marrero lead off with a triple to right field, that found its way past a diving Matt Juengel to put the winning run 90 feet away. Next batter, Hayes would then drive in Marrero to walk off the Barons in victory 6-5.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- May 29, 2015:

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.

Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (18-28) @ Birmingham Barons (22-25)

Starters: JAX: RHP Austin Brice (1-4, 8.55 ERA) vs. BIR: RHP Tyler Barnette (2-2, 1.37 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Kenny Wilson went 3-for-5 last night marking his second game with three hits and his 10th multi-hit game overall. Viosergy Rosa tallied four RBI last night giving him 18 on the year which is good for second on the team. Danny Black continues to get on base since making his 2015 debut with JAX on Wednesday. In this series he is 3-for-6 (.500) with three RBI, and has collected at least one hit in both games he has played.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Starter Kendry Flores is first in WHIP (0.85), first in batting average against (.172), first in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.94), and fourth in ERA (2.06) in the Southern League. Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (12) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .103 average. Zack Cox rests fourth in on-base percentage (.409) and is knotted in ninth for batting average (.313).

Suns Fall In Extras to Barons 6-5

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (18-28) faced walk off defeat to the Birmingham Barons (22-25) 6-5 after Danny Hayes’ provided RBI single in the bottom of the 10th Thursday night from Regions field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg:

Raul Fernandez (W, 3-4) earned the victory out of the Barons bullpen tossing a scoreless frame in the tenth. Sean Donatello (L, 0-3) (BS, 2) took the loss and his second blown save of the year, after surrendering the game tying RBI double to Marcus Lemon in the ninth, and the go-ahead RBI single to Hayes in the tenth.

In the top of the third Jacksonville worked the bases loaded. Kenny Wilson’s two out single and stolen base, was soon followed by walks in the frame to Danny Black and Austin Nola filled the bases full of Suns. Next batter, Viosergy Rosa, then cleared the bases with a three RBI double down the right field line gave the Suns a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, a pair of singles by Joey DiMichele and Tim Anderson, set the table for a two-run double off the bat of Courtney Hawkins that trimmed the Suns lead to 3-2 through three innings of play.

In the last of the fourth frame, Christian Marrero lead off with a double soon to be followed a Danny Hayes single that put runners on the corners with no one out. Jeremy Farrell then tied the score at three after ripping a RBI base knock to bring home Marrero.

The fifth saw a pair of base knocks by Wilson and Rosa, accompanied with a walk to Danny Black, that loaded the bases for Matt Juengel’s RBI fielders choice groundball that broke the tie and gave Jacksonville a 4-3 lead.

Flashing to the seventh, and Rosa would arch a RBI sac fly with the bases loaded that brought home Wilson and doubled up the Suns advantage to 5-3.

The eighth stanza saw the Barons work the runners on the corners against Suns reliever Craig Stem. Hayes then would creep his squad closer after his RBI single brought home Rob Brantly to make the tally 5-4.

In the bottom of the ninth with Suns closer Sean Donatello (BS, 2) blew the save opportunity after Marcus Lemon’s RBI double tied the score at five.

To the bottom of the tenth and Marrero lead off with a triple to right field, that found its way past a diving Matt Juengel to put the winning run 90 feet away. Next batter, Hayes would then drive in Marrero to walk off the Barons in victory 6-5.

The Suns and Barons will square off once again with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Austin Brice (1-4, 8.55 ERA) while the Barons have yet to announce their starter.

Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM & 600 AM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:50 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:

Suns and Barons Set for Matchup at Regions Field

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (18-27) and Birmingham Barons (21-25) will shift their series to Regions Field for game two of their five-game set tonight with a first pitch slated for 8:05 p.m. ET.

The Suns earned their second victory in three trips to the Rickwood Classic, and America’s oldest ballpark Rickwood Field, yesterday by an 8-2 score.

Suns starter Kendry Flores (W, 3-3) earned the victory tossing six innings allowing two runs (all earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out three. Myles Jaye (L, 2-3) generated four and two-thirds frames surrendering five runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter in his start for the Barons.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second, after a two-out single by David Adams set the table for Terrance Dayleg’s RBI double leaping the Suns out to a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third the Barons tied the score at one. Adrian Nieto blasted a lead off double, and subsequently moved to third after a wild pitch from Flores. Next batter Jeremy Farrell, cashed in with a RBI sacrifice fly to knot the score through three innings at Rickwood Field. In the first of the fifth inning the Suns created separation on the scoreboard. First Danny Black, in his first game back in Jacksonville in 2015, lined a RBI single to put the Suns in front 2-1. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Kenny Wilson reached courtesy of a fielding error by Barons third baseman Jeremy Farrell, that scored Black and Sharif Othman to make the tally 4-1. Now two runners on for Austin Nola, he would provide a productive groundout to shortstop that brought home Othman and completed the five-run rally, setting the score at 5-1.

To the bottom of fifth and Birmingham tacked on a run after Nieto’s (HR, 3) solo blast crept the Barons to within three runs, now trailing 5-2. In the eighth, against Barons reliever Kyle Hansen, Matt Juengel (HR, 5) delivered a solo home run over the left field wall to swell the Suns edge to 6-2. Flashing to the first of the eighth frame Danny Black added a pair of runs on one swing courtesy of his two-run single that put Jacksonville in front 8-2. Out of the Suns bullpen Brian Ellington worked a pair of scoreless frames while relinquishing two hits. Juancito Martinez hurled a scoreless ninth in his double-A debut.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Jake Esch taking the ball against Birmingham righty Mark Blackmar. Esch enters tonight’s start 3-3 with a 2.83 ERA. The Georgia Tech product in his last start against Mississippi, took the loss in six innings of work only allowing three runs (all earned) on two hits while walking two and striking out seven. The former 11th round draft pick of the Marlins in 2011 enters with the fifth-best WHIP (1.06) in the Southern League. In the month of May, he has worked to a 1-3 record attached alongside a 4.03 earned-run mark. Esch spent a pair of starts with triple-A New Orleans in which he went 0-1 while sporting a 5.23 ERA over a span of 10 and one-third innings for the Zephyrs.

Blackmar steps to the hill for Birmingham not having picked up a victory in 2015, posting a 0-3 record saddled with a 4.30 ERA. He took a losing decision in his last start on 5/22 against Biloxi, in which he would manufacture seven frames relinquishing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out three. Blackmar did make one start against the Suns on April 26th,and would toss a stellar seven frames while being tagged for one earned run on two hits. He’s a former 16th round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, and entered the White Sox organization along with right-hander Miguel Chalas, in a deal that sent major-league outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore in 2014. A year ago the Texas native put together a 10-1 campaign with the Fredrick Keys (A+) of the Carolina League.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (18-27) @ Birmingham Barons (21-25)

Starters: JAX: RHP Jake Esch (3-3, 2.83 ERA) vs. BIR: RHP Mark Blackmar (0-3, 4.03 ERA)

Who’s Hot: David Adams went 5-for-5 with four singles and a double in yesterday’s 8-2 win, and it marked the first time a Sun has gone for five hits in a single contest this year. The last Sun to produce five hits in one game, came from former Jacksonville standout, and now current Los Angeles Dodger, Austin Barnes, who manufactured a 5-for-6 night at the plate on August 10th, 2013 against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Starter Kendry Flores is second in WHIP (0.85), second in batting average against (.172), second in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.94), and fourth in ERA (2.06) in the Southern League. Jake Esch sits fifth in WHIP (1.06). Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (12) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .103 average. Zack Cox rests tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.409).

Suns Earn 8-2 Win at Rickwood Classic

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (18-27) topped the Birmingham Barons (21-25) 8-2 en route to their third-straight victory in the 20th annual Rickwood Classic Wednesday afternoon from Rickwood Field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg Postgame:

Suns starter Kendry Flores (W, 3-3) earned the victory tossing six innings allowing two runs (all earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out three. Myles Jaye (L, 2-3) generated four and two-thirds frames surrendering five runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter in his start for the Barons.

The scoring would begin in the top of the second, after a two-out single by David Adams set the table for Terrance Dayleg’s RBI double leaping the Suns out to a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third the Barons tied the score at one. Adrian Nieto blasted a lead off double, and subsequently moved to third after a wild pitch from Flores. Next batter Jeremy Farrell, cashed in with a RBI sacrifice fly to knot the score through three innings at Rickwood Field.

In the first of the fifth inning the Suns created separation on the scoreboard. First Danny Black, in his first game back in Jacksonville in 2015, lined a RBI single to put the Suns in front 2-1. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Kenny Wilson reached courtesy of a fielding error by Barons third baseman Jeremy Farrell, that scored Black and Sharif Othman to make the tally 4-1. Now two runners on for Austin Nola, he would provide a productive groundout to shortstop that brought home Othman and completed the five-run rally, setting the score at 5-1.

To the bottom of fifth and Birmingham tacked on a run after Nieto’s (HR, 3) solo blast crept the Barons to within three runs, now trailing 5-2.

In the eighth, against Barons reliever Kyle Hansen, Matt Juengel (HR, 5) delivered a solo home run over the left field wall to swell the Suns edge to 6-2.

Flashing to the first of the eighth frame Danny Black added a pair of runs on one swing courtesy of his two-run single that put Jacksonville in front 8-2.

Out of the Suns bullpen Brian Ellington worked a pair of scoreless frames while relinquishing two hits. Juancito Martinez hurled a scoreless ninth in his double-A debut.

The Suns and Barons will shift their series to Regions Field for game two with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Jake Esch (3-3, 2.83 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Mark Blackmar (0-3, 4.30 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM & 600 AM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:50 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: