By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (12-22, 41-62) used a multi home run performance by J.T. Riddle to work past the Mobile BayBears (20-13, 54-48) 7-4 Friday night from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Craig Stem (W, 2-4) (BS, 3) worked an inning and a third surrendering one run (earned) on three hits while not walking a batter and striking out three. Dominic Leone (L, 1-2)out of the Mobile bullpen manufactured two frames surrendering two runs (both earned) while not walking a batter and striking out two. Kyle Barraclough (S, 1) nailed down his first save of the year for Jacksonville after hurling a scoreless ninth while striking out the side.
The Suns would mount a rally in the top of the third, when the first two runners got on via a Scott Lyman double and a walk to Kenny Wilson. After a Carlos Lopez sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, J.T. Riddle would generate a RBI single to put Jacksonville up 1-0. Next batter David Adams followed that with a two run triple ballooning the Suns scoreboard advantage to 3-0.
Moving to the sixth frame Mobile put runners on the corners after a walk to Sean Jamieson and a single by Socrates Brito. It was Zach Borenstein’s two RBI double that plated both runners and trimmed the Suns lead to 3-2. Now with Craig Stem on the mound in relief for Jacksonville, Garett Weber provided a run scoring single into right that tied the game at three.
Flashing ahead to the top of the seventh, it was J.T. Riddle (HR, 3) blasting a two run home run off of Moblie bullpen arm Dominic Leone, leaping Jacksonville ahead 5-3.
The BayBears would cut at the Suns lead in the home half of the seventh courtesy of Tom Belza’s pinch hit solo home run making it a 5-4 score.
Moving to the ninth, it was Riddle (HR, 4) blasting his second home run of the night with Wilson on base to give the Suns some insurance, and a 7-4 lead.
Scott Lyman in his start for the Suns worked five frames surrendering three runs (all earned) on four hits while walking four and striking out four. Blayne Weller in his start for Mobile generated five frames allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking and striking out two.
Fabian Williamson generated a scoreless two-thirds of an inning out of the bullpen for the Suns. Juancito Martinez entered in the eighth and did not allow a run on hit and two strikeouts.
The Suns and BayBears will square off in the series finale Saturday night from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (3-7, 5.40 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty John Omahen (4-0, 3.41 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “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 7:50 p.m. ET.
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Here are the highlights from tonight’s contest: