By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (17-27) topped the Mississippi Braves (24-20) in the series finale 5-3 Monday afternoon from Bragan Field.
Blake Logan (W, 2-0) in his first appearance out of the bullpen since coming off the disabled list worked in the seventh not allowing a hit or a run while walking a batter and striking out two in a winning decision. Braves reliever Ryan Weber (L, 0-2) hurled a pair of innings in relief for Mississippi surrendering one run (earned) on two hits while striking out a batter in the loss. Sean Donatello (S, 12) earned his second save in as many days working a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and leads the Southern League in saves.
The Suns would get on the board first in the bottom of the opening frame after Matt Juengel lined a RBI single into center with runners on the corners to leap his squad out 1-0.
It was a busy fifth frame, starting with the Braves tying the score after a bunt was laid down by Victor Mateo that forced a Chipper Smith throwing error towards first, scoring Emerson Landoni, who led off the frame with a single. Next batter Mallex Smith pushed a bunt down the first base line to reach on an RBI infield base hit that scored Eric Garcia from third to give the Braves a 2-1 edge. Mississippi doubled up their advantage after Seth Loman lined a run-scoring base hit that brought home Smith to make the tally 3-1.
In the bottom of the frame the Suns knotted up the score. A pair of base hits by Carlos Lopez and Austin Nola set the table for Viosergy Rosa’s RBI single through the left side to creep his team to within a run. To complete the trend of four-straight singles in a row, Juengel ripped a base hit to send home Nola and tie the score at three.
Jacksonville broke the tie in the seventh. A one-out double for Nola set up Juengel for a RBI single, and his third run driven in of the contest giving the Suns a 4-3 lead.
With the bases full in the eighth, against Braves reliever Francisco Rondon, he would fire a wild pitch to home plate that allowed Zack Cox to come across and collect an insurance run. Jacksonville would hold onto a 5-3 edge through eight innings.
Suns starter Chipper Smith lasted five frames allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out a batter.
The Suns bullpen was active today, Casey McCarthy came in the ballgame in the sixth and tossed a scoreless frame. Matt Tomshaw hurled a scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen while not walking a batter and striking out one for the Suns.
The Suns will start a five-game series with the Birmingham Barons on Wednesday afternoon in the 20th annual “Rickwood Classic” from Rickwood Field. The Suns will send out righty Kendry Flores (2-3, 1.95 ERA) while the Barons have yet to announce their starter.
Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” 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 1:15 p.m. ET
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: