Suns Top Braves 5-3

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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,, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 1:15 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:


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