By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (23-32) used six no-hit innings thrown by Matt Tomshaw to defeat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (22-32) 5-1 Saturday night from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Tomshaw (W, 2-4) in his start for Jacksonville threw six no hit innings in a spot start while walking one and striking out two. Wandy Peralta (L, 2-5) for Pensacola lasted six frames surrendering three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking two and fanning four.
The scoring would begin in the top of the fourth after Carlos Lopez led off the frame with a single that was soon followed up by a walk to Austin Nola. Next batter, Zack Cox, then lined a single off of the leg of Wahoos starter Wandy Peralta to reach safely and load the bases. Matt Juengel then would send a RBI fielder’s choice groundball to second to score Lopez and give the Suns a 1-0 lead.
To the top of the fifth, and Jacksonville added to their lead, after a Chadd Krist walk started off the frame, to then get bunted into scoring position by Tomshaw. That was soon followed up by back-to-back RBI singles by Kenny Wilson and Lopez that ballooned the Suns advantage to 3-0.
To the seventh, and the Wahoos still without a hit, they would now face Suns reliever Craig Stem who relinquished a triple to the first batter he saw Jesse Winker, to end the Suns no-hit bid and claim at history. Kyle Waldrop then got the Wahoos on the board after his RBI sac fly brought the Wahoos to within a 3-1 deficit.
In the top of the ninth the Suns tacked on insurance with Matt Juengel’s (HR, 9) deep blast that put his squad out in front 4-1. Then Wilson later in the frame added on a run scoring single to now make the tally 5-1 in the Suns favor.
Stem out of the bullpen for Jacksonville generated a pair of innings allowing one run (earned) on one hit. Sean Donatello worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation for Jacksonville.
The Suns and Blue Wahoos will square off again on Sunday from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a first pitch slated for 5:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Jake Esch (4-3 2.65 ERA) while the Wahoos will counter with right-hander Keyvius Sampson (1-2, 1.91 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 4:35 p.m. ET
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: