By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (11-16) would fall to the Mobile BayBears (17-10) by an 11-4 score Thursday night from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Aaron Blair (W, 2-1) in his start for the BayBears went seven frames surrendering two earned runs on nine hits while walking a batter and striking out three. Suns starter Trevor Williams (L, 0-4) left prematurely with an injury in the sixth, but in his time on the mound, he tossed five innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three.
The scoring would begin in the top of third after Kenny Wilson (HR, 3) blasted his third home run of the year to lead off the frame and give Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third Socrates Brito would provide an infield single that scratched across Sean Jamieson from third to tie the score at one apiece.
Flashing ahead to the last of the fifth frame, Rudy Flores (HR, 3) would mash a two-run home run to break the tie and give Mobile a 3-1 scoreboard advantage.
In the last of the sixth inning, Mobile added to their lead after a wild pitch from Suns starter Trevor Williams brought home Todd Glaesmann and set the score at 4-1. A RBI single from Sean Jamieson, and a Brito infield run-scoring base hit pushed the tally to 6-1. The bases were still loaded for Gerson Montilla (HR, 4), and he would send a grand slam home run over the left field wall off of Suns reliever Frankie Reed, to complete a seven-run rally, and claim a 10-1 lead through six innings of play.
The seventh inning saw the Suns bring home a solo run on Ryan Rieger’s RBI base knock that cut the Suns deficit to 10-2.
The eighth saw the Suns work the bases loaded against BayBears reliever Derek Eitel, and after a walk to David Adams it would trim Mobile’s lead to 10-3. A few batters later Viosergy Rosa generated another bases loaded walk to bring in a baserunner and creep Jacksonville to within 10-4.
In the bottom of the eight Rudy Flores (HR, 4) provided his second home run of the night, this one a solo shot off of Suns reliever Craig Stem to create a score of 11-4.
The Suns and BayBears will square off again Friday night with a first pitch slated for 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium. The Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (2-0, 4.10 ERA) while the BayBears will throw righty Braden Shipley (2-1, 2.55 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Friday’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 7:50 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: