By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (12-16) used extras to defeat the Mobile BayBears (17-11) 4-2 Friday Night from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Greg Nappo (W, 2-0) earned the victory out of the bullpen for the Suns tossing a scoreless frame while walking one and striking out three. Patrick Shuster (L, 0-1) took the loss entering in the 14th manufacturing one frame allowing two runs on three hits while not walking a batter and striking out a one. Sean Donatello (S, 8) nailed down his eighth save of the year throwing a scoreless 14th.
The scoring would begin in the top of the second when Carlos Lopez provided a RBI groundout that brought in Rosa from third and give Jacksonville 1-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the second frame, Todd Glaesmann knotted up the score after his RBI infield single brought in Rudy Flores.
Moving to the last of the third, the BayBears took the lead after a throwing error on an attempted double play by Suns second baseman Justin Bohn, allowed Raul Navarro to score from third and take a 2-1 scoreboard advantage.
In the fourth inning Carlos Lopez pick up his second RBI of the contest, this time scratching home Matt Juengel with a single to tie the score at two.
Flashing ahead to the top of the 14th inning against BayBears reliever Patrick Schuster, the Suns got back-to-back singles from Ryan Rieger and Chadd Krist to set the table for Terrance Dayleg. Dayleg’s RBI double followed by Kenny Wilson run-scoring ground out put Jacksonville up 4-2.
Mobile’s starter Braden Shipley lasted six innings allowing two earned runs on six hits while walking a pair of batters and striking out nine. Chipper Smith in his start for Jacksonville manufactured 6 and 2/3 frames surrendering two runs (one earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out seven.
The Suns bullpen was active tonight, first with Brian Ellington tossing a scoreless 1 and 1/3 innings. Righty Lay Batista manufactured two scoreless frames while Craig Stem worked two scoreless innings while walking and striking out a batter.
The Suns and BayBears will square off in the series finale Saturday night with a first pitch slated for 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium. The Suns will send out right-hander Kendry Flores (1-3, 2.64 ERA) while the BayBears will throw righty Edgar Garcia (1-0, 3.00 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’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: