By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (15-21) split today’s doubleheader with the Biloxi Shuckers (21-16) winning game one 8-7 while dropping the finale 2-1 in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon from Joe Davis Stadium.
In game one, Greg Nappo (W, 3-0) earned the victory in relief tossing 2 and 1/3 frames allowing and earned run while walking two and striking out a batter. Brooks Hall (L, 4-2) manufacturing two frames surrendering eight earned runs on nine hits while not walking a batter and striking out two. Sean Donatello (S, 10) collected his Southern League Leading 10th save hurling a scoreless inning and a third.
The scoring would begin in game one in the top of the first, after Jacksonville manufactured five-straight hits to the frame, highlighted by a pair of RBI singles by David Adams and Viosergy Rosa to give the Suns a 2-0 lead. The run parade would continue thanks to a Ryan Rieger sac fly and a Chadd Krist (HR, 2) three-run blast that helped solidify the six run rally. Jacksonville’s lead would be 6-0 through one inning of play.
In the bottom of the first the Shuckers would mount a rally of their own. Nick Ramirez started it off with a two RBI single bring Biloxi to within 6-2. Then two batters later, Michael Reed (HR, 1) ripped his first homer of the year, a two-run shot, bringing Biloxi to within a pair of runs now trailing 6-4.
In the top of the second frame, the Sun plated two runs after a Zack Cox RBI double and a Rosa sac fly extended their scoreboard advantage to 8-4.
Moving to the last of the third inning and Green would provide his third RBI of the game with a double to bring Biloxi to a 8-5 deficit through three innings at Joe Davis Stadium.
After Suns starter Brice, walked the bases loaded, reliever Greg Nappo would enter in relief and relinquish a RBI groundout to Orlando Arcia bringing Biloxi to within 8-6.
In the bottom of the sixth Ramirez brought the Shuckers to within a run after his run scoring double made the score 8-7.
In game two, Shuckers reliever Austin Ross (W, 2-0) earned the victory in relief tossing 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings. Casey McCarthy (L, 0-2) relinquished the game-winning sac fly to Michael Reed in the bottom of the seventh in a losing decision and a third of an inning pitched.
The scoring started with Terrance Dayleg’s RBI double that brought home Carlos Lopez to leap the Suns out to a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third the Shuckers tied the score after Adam Weisenberger’s (HR, 1) solo home run.
Flashing to the last of the seventh against Suns reliever Casey McCarthy relinquished a pair of singles which led to Michael Reed’s walk off sac fly en route to a 2-1 walk off victory in game two.
Suns starter Jake Esch lasted five innings surrendering one earned run on three hits while walking one and striking out a solo batter.
The Suns and Shuckers will square in another doubleheader Monday night with a first pitch set for 5:40 p.m. ET from Joe Davis Stadium. The Suns will send out right-hander Trevor Williams (0-5, 6.11 ERA) while the Shuckers will throw righty Jacob Barnes (0-4, 4.97 ERA). In game two set to begin roughly 30 minutes after the day’s opener, Suns lefty Matt Tomshaw (0-3, 4.91 ERA) will take the ball against Shuckers right-hander Hiram Burgos (2-4, 4.12 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s doubleheader on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM or 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 5:25 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 today’s doubleheader: