By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (19-28) earned their seventh one-run victory of the year after topping the Birmingham Barons (22-26) 3-2 Friday night from Regions Field.
Austin Brice (W, 2-4) tossed six innings in his start for Jacksonville surrendering two runs (both earned) on four hits (one home run) while not walking a batter and striking out six. Tony Bucciferro (L, 0-2) generated four frames in relief for Birmingham relinquishing three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking a solo batter in a losing decision. Matt Tomshaw (S, 2) hurled three scoreless innings while walking one and striking out a pair of batters for his second save of the year.
The scoring would begin in the top of the third, against Barons reliever Tony Bucciferro, after Zack Cox led off with a ground rule double to then be followed up by Danny Black’s single to put runners on the corners. Next batter Chadd Krist grounded into a double play that sent home Cox and gave Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.
In the last of the third Marcus Lemon started things off with a single to then be moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob May. Joey DiMichele would cash in with a runner in scoring position after lining a RBI single to right to tie the score at one.
In the bottom of the fourth Christian Marrero (HR, 4) blasted a solo shot to right off of Brice to put Birmingham up 2-1.
Flashing ahead to the sixth, and Austin Nola would rip a game-tying RBI double that sent home Kenny Wilson, who started the frame with a base knock and moved to third courtesy of a stolen base followed by a Carlos Lopez groundout. Next batter, Viosergy Rosa, then scorched a run-scoring base knock to right that brought in Nola and leaped the Suns out to a 3-2 scoreboard advantage.
The Suns and Barons will square off once again with a first pitch set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.40 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.60 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM & 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 7:15 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: