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
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: