By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (19-29) lost 6-5 to the Birmingham Barons (23-26) in walk off fashion for the second time in the series in Saturday night’s game from Regions Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
J.B. Wendelken (W, 3-2) (BS, 2) earned the win in an inning of relief in which he surrendered two runs (both earned) on three hits including Matt Juengel’s game-tying two-run home run in the ninth while not walking or striking out a batter. Casey McCarthy (L, 0-3) took the loss out of the bullpen for the Suns allowing one run (earned) on four hits while not walking or striking out a batter.
The scoring would begin in the top of the second when the Suns worked the bases loaded. A passed ball getting away from the catcher Rob Brantly brought in Viosergy Rosa, then that was followed up by a wild pitch from Montas, that sent home Zack Cox, and moved the Suns out to a 2-0 lead.
Moving to the first of the third frame Kenny Wilson would lead off with a single to then steal second and move to third on a Carlos Lopez groundout. Next batter to the plate was major league rehabber Jeff Mathis, who would arch a RBI sacrifice fly to right scoring Wilson and providing Jacksonville with a 3-0 advantage.
Onto the third and the Barons got on the board after Jacob May grounded a run-scoring single through the left side plating Jeremy Farrell from second. The Suns lead was now trimmed to 3-1 through three frames at Regions Field.
Flashing to the bottom of the fourth, and the Barons would work to within a run after Farrell’s RBI single scored Joey DiMichele, who singled and stole second to get into scoring position. The Suns lead was now 3-2.
Lay Batista in relief for the Suns got into trouble in the eighth after hitting a pair of batters and walking one which loaded the bases for Birmingham. Next batter Adrian Nieto would manufacture a walk against the right-hander to tie the game at three. Now with Jacksonville turning to McCarthy out of the bullpen, he would relinquish a two RBI base hit to Farrell that leaped the Barons out to a 5-3 scoreboard advantage.
The final chance for the Suns in the bottom of the ninth, saw Cox single to set up Matt Juengel (HR, 6) for a two-run blast off of Birmingham reliever Wendelken that tied the score at five.
Then in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on Danny Hayes would single home the winning run en route to the 6-5 win.
Trevor Williams worked six innings surrendering two runs (both earned) on 10 hits while not walking a batter and striking out five in his start for the Suns.
The Suns and Barons will square off once again with a first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out lefty Chipper Smith (2-1, 4.50 ERA) while the Barons will counter with right-hander Tyler Danish (4-2, 4.40 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’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 a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: