By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (22-32) were topped in the series finale by the Montgomery Biscuits (25-29) 5-1 Friday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Ryne Stanek (W, 1-0) manufactured seven innings in his start for Montgomery relinquishing one run (earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out seven in his second career double-A start. Chipper Smith (L,2-2) in his start for Jacksonville lasted five and two-thirds frames surrendering five runs (all earned) on 10 hits while walking one and striking out a season-high eight batters.
The scoring would begin in the last of the third, after Sharif Othman led off with a base knock, that was soon followed up by a Terrence Dayleg bunt single, setting up Jacksonville with two runners on for Carlos Lopez. Lopez promptly grounded a RBI single into right field to score Othman and leap Jacksonville in front 1-0.
The Biscuits struck in the top of the fourth, after Cameron Seitzer led off with a single, to then get knocked in courtesy of Tyler Goeddel’s (HR, 3) two-run shot over the left field wall to jump Montgomery out to a 2-1 lead.
To the fifth and Cameron Seitzer (HR, 3) laced a solo long ball into the right field bleachers to give Montgomery a 3-1 scoreboard advantage.
Flashing ahead to the sixth, and Suns starter Smith provided two outs to then hand the ball to Suns reliever Juancito Martinez. Martinez entering with two Biscuits on base offered up a walk to load the bases. Johnny Field Jr. now at the plate, and Jacksonville’s right-hander would hit him with a pitch to bring in a run and extend the lead to 4-1. Seitzer then manufactured a base on balls against Martinez to force in a run and balloon the tally to 5-1 in the Biscuits favor.
Martinez in his relief appearance for the Suns, worked one and one-third frames inheriting a pair of runners who both scored and were charged to Jacksonville’s starter Smith. Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek continuing to work out mechanical issues with Jacksonville, hurled a pair of scoreless innings of relief in the eighth and ninth while not walking a batter and striking out one.
The Suns will start a five-game series with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos starting Saturday night from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a first pitch slated for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out lefty Matt Tomshaw (1-4, 3.55 ERA) while the Wahoos will counter with left-hander Wandy Peralta (2-4, 5.01 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:
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