By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (14-19) dropped the series decider to the Penascola Blue Wahoos (14-20) 5-2 Thursday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns Manager David Berg postgame:
Daniel Wright (W, 1-4) worked six frames surrendering two runs (one earned) while walking a pair of batters and fanning five. Suns starter Chipper Smith (L, 2-1) lasted six innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits while walking a batter and striking out two. Kyle McMyne (S, 1) nailed down his first save of the year for Pensacola after tossing two scoreless innings allowing one hit while striking out two.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first when David Adams lined a RBI single to center sending home Kenny Wilson who lead off the frame with a double. A throwing error by Wahoos shortstop Zach Vincej, after a Ryan Rieger groundball, brought in Zack Cox to double up the Suns lead to 2-0 through one inning.
In the second frame Kyle Waldrop (HR, 5) blasted a solo home run, his second in as many days, to trim the Suns lead in half at 2-1.
Flashing ahead to the fifth Pensacola tied the score after a Zach Vincey walk, followed by a Daniel Wright sacrifice bunt, that set the table for Beau Amaral’s run-scoring single tying the score at two.
In the sixth Pensacola tacked on a solo run courtesy of Seth Mejias-Brean’s RBI single to take their first lead at 3-2 through six frames.
Onto the seventh and the Wahoos doubled up their advantage after Wright’s RBI base hit plated Vincey from second, to provide his squad with a 4-2 scoreboard advantage. Pensacola tacked on one more run with Suns reliever Craig Stem on the mound. An error by the Suns’ third-baseman Cox, on a groundball off the bat of Marquez Smith, scratched across a run creating a 5-2 deficit for Jacksonville through seven frames at Bragan Field.
Lay Batista churned out a pair of scoreless innings while striking out one in relief for Jacksonville.
The Suns and Blue Wahoos will square off once again on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field. The Suns will send out right-hander Kendry Flores (2-3, 2.45 ERA) while the Wahoos will counter with lefty Wandy Peralta (2-3, 4.85 ERA).
The homestand comes to a close on Friday and it’s Cancer Awareness Night, 90”s Night & Red Jersey Auction, Pink Suns Cap Giveaway, Scout Night & Friday Family Fireworks! Join the Suns in the fight against cancer on Cancer Awareness Night! All Ladies get a Pink Suns Cap, courtesy of the Cancer Specialists of North Florida, CBS 47 & 96.1 WEJZ! Plus it’s Nineties Night and you can see the Suns Players wearing Nineties Style Red Suns Jerseys that will be available for auction during the game to benefit the Patient Assistance Foundation! Plus stick around after the game for the best fireworks show in town, the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks, courtesy of your local NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers! Also it’s Scouts Night and all area scouts are invited to camp out after the game and enjoy a midnight movie on the Suns Videoboard!
Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM or 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 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: