By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (20-31) knotted up the series with the Montgomery Biscuits (24-27) to even the series at a game apiece Tuesday night from Bragan Field.
Jake Esch (W, 4-3) hurled seven scoreless frames for Jacksonville surrendering five hits while walking a pair of batters and striking out five. Bradin Hagens worked the seventh inning and relinquished two runs (both earned) on Danny Black’s two-run double while walking one and striking out a batter. Sean Donatello (S, 13) bounced back with his Southern League leading 13th save of the year after a pair of blown saves in the Birmingham series. Donatello entered with two outs in the ninth in relief of Brian Ellington, and got Joey Rickard to ground out to end the ballgame.
This game would remain scoreless until Jacksonville mounted a rally in the bottom of the eighth against Biscuits reliever Bradin Hagens. Viosergy Rosa led off the frame with a hit by pitch, then two batters later, David Adams manufactured a walk to put two runners on with two outs. Black would then cash in with a two RBI double to right centerfield that plated both Rosa and Adams and leaped the Suns out to a 2-0 lead.
To the last of the eighth, and Jacksonville picked up insurance off of Montgomery reliever Bryce Stowell. Kenny Wilson started the frame with a single and a stolen base to set up shop in scoring position. Then one batter later Austin Nola’s RBI single sent home Wilson to provide the Suns a 3-0 scoreboard advantage with Nola moving to second on the throw to the plate. Nola now 90-feet away for major league rehabber Jeff Mathis, the Marlins catcher would then line a run-scoring base knock that scored Nola and extended the lead to 4-0 through eight innings at Bragan Field.
To the top of the ninth and the Biscuits worked two men on base against Jacksonville reliever Brian Ellington. Justin O’Conner got his squad on the board after his RBI double trimmed the Suns lead to 4-1.
Ellington lasted an inning and two-thirds for the Suns in relief allowing a solo run (earned) on a pair of hits while walking one and striking out four.
Jared Mortensen in his start for the Biscuits lasted a strong six innings allowing five hits while not walking a batter and striking out seven.
The Suns and Biscuits will square off again Wednesday afternoon from Bragan Field with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Austin Brice (2-4, 7.71 ERA) while the Biscuits will counter with right-hander Jaime Schultz (4-3, 3.33 ERA).
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