By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-15) dropped the series opener to the Mobile BayBears (16-10) by an 8-6 score Tuesday night from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Hear from Suns Manager David Berg postgame:
Mobile starter Brandon Sinnery (W, 3-1) earned the victory working 6 and 1/3 frames allowing six runs (four earned) while not walking a batter and striking out five. Austin Brice (L 0-3) would hurl 4 and 2/3 innings allowing seven earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four. Adam Miller (S, 4) nailed down the win for the BayBears tossing a scoreless ninth while striking out a batter for his fourth save of the year.
The scoring would begin right away in the top of the first, when Carlos Lopez ripped a RBI double to plate Kenny Wilson and give Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first Rudy Flores would send home a pair of baserunners after mashing a two-run double to give the BayBears a 2-1 advantage. Socrates Brito tacked on one more run in the frame, after providing a RBI groundout to push the lead to 3-1 through one inning of play.
In the bottom of the fifth, and two men out, Mobile had the bases loaded for Brito who ripped a two-run double to right to push the tally to 5-1. Next batter Gerson Montilla (HR, 2) would complete the five-run inning after blasting a three-run shot off of Suns reliever Matt Tomshaw. The BayBears would control an 8-1 scoreboard advantage through five innings at Hank Aaron Stadium.
The top of the sixth saw the Suns bring in a solo run after Viosergy Rosa’s RBI double brought home Matt Juengel to cut the deficit to 8-2. Rosa would be cut down trying to extend the play to third promptly ending any further threat in the frame.
In the seventh Austin Nola led off with a single setting the table for Zack Cox (HR, 2), who then laced a two-run home run to creep the Suns closer now trailing by an 8-4 score. Ryan Rieger in a pinch hitter’s role, reached courtesy of a fielding error by left-fielder Alex Glenn that allowed Justin Bohn to come across, and set the score at 8-5. Lopez completed the three-run stanza after providing his second RBI double of the contest, this one off of BayBears reliever Seth Simmons. Mobile’s lead would stand at 8-6.
The Suns and BayBears will square off again Wednesday night with a first pitch slated for 7:35 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium. The Suns will send out right-hander Jake Esch (2-1, 2.76 ERA) while the BayBears will throw righty Gabriel Arias (3-0, 1.61 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, AM 600/FM 100.3 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 7:20 p.m. ET
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: