Suns Power Past BayBears 7-4

Game Recap

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.

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 the highlights from tonight’s contest:

Ellington to New Orleans / McCarthy to Jacksonville

Breaking News, Roster Moves

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

MOBILE, Ala. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Mobile BayBears at 8:05 p.m. ET at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Right-handed relief pitcher Brian Ellington has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. This season Ellington pitched in 25 games in relief for the Suns, going 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA. In his 43 innings pitched, he struck out 47 batters compared to only 13 walks. This is the first call-up to the Triple-A level in his career.

In a corresponding move, right-handed relief pitcher Casey McCarthy has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. McCarthy with the Hammerheads is 0-3 with a 2.15 ERA in 21 appearances with a pair of saves. This is the second call-up to Jacksonville for McCarthy this season, who was with the Suns from early May to mid-June. In 11 appearances with the Suns, McCarthy was 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings on the mound.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns and BayBears will square off once again Friday night from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Scott Lyman (0-6, 6.64 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty Blayne Weller (1-3, 5.66 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.

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.

Suns Look to Tie Series in Mobile

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (11-22, 40-62) will look to tie the series up at two games a piece against the Mobile BayBears (20-12, 54-47) when they square off at 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Jacksonville would end their four game losing streak in the victory last night, and would earn their first road victory since 7/15. Over the last 10 games the club has only worked to a 2-8 record while struggling against South Division opponents manufacturing a mark of 19-34.

Tonight with a loss the Suns would drop another series in the second half of the season. Overall Jacksonville has won only six of their 21 series played, and have come up on the winning end of only one series in the second half. JAX will have an uphill climb against the first-place Mobile BayBears, with not only the club resting in first place in the South Division, but also with the Suns’ evident road struggles posting a mark away from Jacksonville of 16-32.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Mobile righty Blaine Weller. Lyman enters this start 0-6 alongside a 6.64 ERA in eight starts with the Suns. His last trip to hill on 7/26, and Lyman earned a no decision after tossing six frames allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out five in a 99-pitch performance. Prior to his last start the 25-year old collected six-straight losing decisions spanning from June 15th until July 19th. The 10th round draft pick of the Marlins in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, got off to a red hot start at the High-A level with the Jupiter Hammerheads, in which he was 7-1 alongside a 1.61 ERA en route to being a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star. With a win tonight he will pick up the first double-A victory of his professional career.

Weller takes the ball for Mobile 1-3 attached with an ERA of 5.66 in four starts. His last start came on July 25th against Mississippi and he would relinquish two runs (both earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out four. He spent time this year at the High-A level with Visalia, and would post a 4.55 ERA in 16 trips to the hill. He’s a former 14th round draft pick of the Twins in 2008, and was signed by the Diamondbacks organization out of the Independent Leagues.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (11-22, 40-62) @ Mobile BayBears (20-12, 54-47)

Starters: MOB: RHP Blayne Weller (1-3, 5.66 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-6, 6.64 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson notched his second four hit game of the year, and his eighth multi-RBI game on Tuesday. Terrence Dayleg has been red hot in this series collecting a homer and four RBI while batting 3-for-8 (.375). Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .478 in his last seven games. Viosergy Rosa has tallied one home run and six RBI along with five runs scored in his last nine games.

Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Zack Cox controls the third-best batting average in the league (.320). Closer Sean Donatello is second in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (15), knotted in third for RBI (56), and is fifth in total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 102 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for second in games played (97). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (54). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00) and K/9 ratio (9.84) while controlling the third-best average against (.191). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.80).

Suns Top BayBears 4-2

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (11-22, 40-62) collected their first win since Saturday after defeating the Mobile BayBears (20-12, 54-47) 4-2 Thursday night from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Matt Tomshaw (W, 5-8) in his start for the Suns worked six innings relinquishing two runs (one earned) on eight hits while not walking a batter and striking out five. Yoan Lopez (L, 1-4) in his start for Mobile tossed four innings surrendering three runs (all earned) on four walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Higgins (S, 2) nailed down his second save of the year for the Suns after pitching a perfect ninth.

The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first after the BayBears worked runners on the corners after a Sean Jamieson double, and Jack Reinheimer reaching on an error. Zach Borenstein would deliver a RBI single into centerfield to make it a 1-0 Mobile lead.

To the top of the second and the Suns tied the score at one after David Adams worked a lead off walk to then come home courtesy of Viosergy Rosa’s single, and a fielding error on right fielder Stewart Ijames. With Rosa on third, Terrence Dayleg lined a run scoring base knock into left to score Rosa and leap the Suns ahead 2-1.

Flashing to the away half of the fourth frame it was Rosa working a one out walk to then get driven in via a Dayleg RBI double putting Jacksonville ahead 3-1.

In the fourth Mobile got a double from Gabriel Guerrero and a single from Stewart Ijames to present runners on second and third. It was then Mark Thomas who lifted a RBI sacrifice fly into center to bring in Guerrero, and cut the Suns lead to 3-2.

To the fifth, and Jacksonville’s Kenny Wilson singled, stole second, and moved to third on a sacrifice fly, to set up at third with one out in the frame. J.T. Riddle then plated Wilson after his RBI sacrifice fly into center made the tally 4-2 in the Suns favor.

Raudel Lazo out of the bullpen for Jacksonville twirled a pair of scoreless innings surrendering one hit while striking out two.

The Suns and BayBears will square off once again Friday night from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Scott Lyman (0-6, 6.64 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty Blayne Weller (1-3, 5.66 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.

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 the highlights from tonight’s contest:

Suns Look To Get on Winning Track Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (10-22, 39-62) will look to snap a four-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Mobile BayBears (20-11, 54-46) with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Tonight with a loss, the Suns would drop another series in the second half of the season. Overall Jacksonville has won only six of their 21 series played, and have come up on the winning end of only one series in the second half. JAX will have an uphill climb against the first-place Mobile BayBears, with not only the club resting in first place in the South Division, but with the Suns’ road struggles continuing posting their largest mark below .500 on the road (15-32), and overall (39-62).

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Mobile righty Yoan Lopez. Tomshaw enters tonight’s start 4-8 alongside a 4.34 ERA in 23 games and 12 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 7/25 against Birmingham, in which the southpaw would earn a losing decision in five frames of work allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking four and striking out four in a 84-pitch performance. Since being moved to the starting rotation the 26-year old has posted a 3-7 mark attached with an ERA of 4.30 in 67 innings. The native of Kingston, N.Y. has made three appearances and one start against the BayBears this year, and generated an 0-1 record while saddled with an inflated 10.38 ERA in a total of eight and two-thirds innings, relinquishing 10 runs (all earned) on 17 hits. Tomshaw is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2011 out of Jacksonville University, and was acquired by the Marlins as a Rule-5 pickup in 2014.

Lopez takes the ball 1-3 alongside a 3.34 ERA in seven games and six starts with Mobile. His last start with Mobile came on 6/28 against Tennessee, in what was a losing decision in three and two-thirds frames of work. This year Lopez also spent time with the Arizona Fall League Diamondbacks and appeared in one game and worked to a spotless ERA in six innings on the mound. He signed with the Diamondbacks organization as an international free agent in January of 2015, and would agree to a signing bonus of over eight million dollars.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

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You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-22, 39-62) @ Mobile BayBears (20-11, 54-46)

Starters: MOB: RHP Yoan Lopez (1-3, 3.34 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (4-8, 4.34 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson notched his second four hit game of the year, and his eighth multi-RBI game on Tuesday. Outfielder Eudy Pina has hit safely in six of his last eight games, and picked up a three-hit game on Wednesday night, and his first home run as a Sun in Sunday night’s loss. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .300 in his last ten games while producing a hit in 11 of his last 13 games. Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .458 in his last eight games. Viosergy Rosa has tallied one home run and six RBI along with four runs scored in his last nine games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Closer Sean Donatello is second in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (15), knotted in third for RBI (56), and total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 102 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for third in games played (96). Viosergy Rosa sits fifth in walks generated (52). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), second-best average against (.191) and K/9 ratio (9.45). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.80). Zack Cox controls the third-best batting average in the league (.320).

 

Suns Topped by BayBears 4-2

Game Recap

By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-22, 39-62) were topped by the Mobile BayBears (20-11, 54-46) 4-2 Wednesday night from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Jimmie Sherfy (W, 1-4) worked a scoreless sixth allowing a hit while walking one and striking out two in relief for Mobile. Josh Hodges (L, 1-1) in his start for Jacksonville generated six innings on the mound relinquishing four runs (all earned) on six hits (one home run) while walking four and striking out three. Silvino Bracho (S, 13) nailed down his 13th save of the year after hurling a scoreless ninth while allowing two hits and stranding the tying runs in scoring position.

The BayBears would get on the board in the bottom of the first, after Tom Belza walked to lead off the inning, to then steal second, and get knocked home courtesy of Zach Borenstein’s RBI single pushing the BayBears ahead 1-0.

Now moving to the top of the second it was Eudy Pina leading off with a single, followed by Terrence Dayleg (HR, 2) blasting his second home run of the year that leaped the Suns ahead 2-1.

The BayBears would load the bases in the last of the second frame, after a Gabriel Guerrero single, and walks to Ronnie Freeman and Raul Navarro, that set the table for Edgar Garcia’s RBI groundout to tie the game at two.

To the last of the sixth it was Mobile getting a runner on after Borenstein’s single, and he would get sent home two batters later after Socrates Brito (HR, 5) belted a two run home run that moved his club in front 4-2.

To the top of the ninth Kenny Wilson laced a one out single and would move to second after a stolen base. After a double by Carlos Lopez putting the tying runs in scoring position, David Adams would ground out to third to end the threat.

Brian Ellington tossed a scoreless seventh frame for Jacksonville out of the bullpen. Kyle Barraclough in his second relief appearance with the Suns would pitch a scoreless eighth while allowing a hit. Edgar Garcia in his start for the BayBears lasted five frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on five hits (one home run) while walking two and striking out four.

The Suns and BayBears will square off once again Thursday night from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Matt Tomshaw (4-8, 4.34 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty A.J. Schugel (7-2, 2.21 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’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.

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 the highlights from tonight’s contest:

Suns and BayBears Continue Series Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (10-21, 39-61) and the Mobile BayBears (19-11, 53-46) will continue their series with game two tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Jacksonville on Tuesday night suffered a series opening loss now falling to 14-8 overall in the first game of a set, and their third defeat in an opener coming in the second half. After a stretch dating back to late in the first half, JAX had won eight-straight series openers, and they have now taken losses in their last three.

Braden Shipley (W, 8-8) in his start for Mobile lasted seven frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. Jarlin Garcia (L, 0-1) in his first double-A start for Jacksonville allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five in five and two-thirds innings. Silvino Bracho (S, 12) nailed down his 12th save of the year after tossing a scoreless ninth for Mobile.

In the last of the first inning Mobile got on the board after they received a lead off single by Sean Jamieson, to then have him set up at third after he stole second, and moved to third on a fly ball out. Then Garrett Weber grounded a RBI single into center to score Jamieson, and make it a 1-0 BayBears scoreboard advantage. Moving to the second, and the Suns would load the bases after a walk to David Adams, a single by Ryan Rieger, and Sharif Othman being hit by a pitch. With Kenny Wilson now at the plate, he generated a two RBI double to leap the Suns ahead 2-1. The BayBears tied the score at two in the bottom of the second when Mark Thomas (HR, 3) mashed a solo home run over the left field wall. Flashing to the bottom of the third Jack Reinheimer would double to then get knocked home courtesy of Weber’s RBI double moving Mobile ahead 3-2. After a Socrates Brito single, Gabriel Guerrero lined a two run single to balloon the BayBears advantage to 5-2.

Moving to the sixth it was Guerrero lacing a one out double, followed by a throwing error by Suns third baseman Matt Juengel that put Thomas on first. After a sacrifice bunt moving Thomas to second, and Jacksonville bullpen arm Craig Stem now in the game, a passed ball scored Guerrero and moved Mobile ahead 6-2. In the ninth frame against Mobile reliever Seth Simmons, the Suns loaded the bases with nobody out after Wilson’s single, a walk to Carlos Lopez, and a single by J.T. Riddle. With Bracho now on the hill for the BayBears, Juengel bounced out into a double play bringing in a run, and setting the Suns deficit at 6-3. Viosergy Rosa would line a RBI double to bring in Lopez and make it a 6-4 ballgame. Craig Stem out of the bullpen for the Suns lasted an inning and a third in scoreless fashion while relinquishing a walk and collecting a solo strikeout. Right-hander Juancito Martinez generated a scoreless eighth in relief for the Suns.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Josh Hodges to be opposed by Mobile righty Edgar Garcia. Hodges enters this start 1-0 alongside a 4.24 ERA in four appearances and two starts with Double-A Jacksonville. His last start came on 7/24 against Birmingham, in which he allowed five runs (all earned) on two hits while walking three and striking out four in a no decision. The 24-year old has made a pair of starts since Jake Esch was sent to the disabled list, after making a pair of trips to the hill out of the bullpen prior. This year he was at the single-A Greensboro before his call up, and posted a 3-2 record alongside a 1.17 ERA in 25 games out of the bullpen. Hodges was acquired by the Marlins organization in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Ingomar Attendance Center High School in New Albany, Miss.

Garcia takes the ball 2-0 while sporting a 4.86 earned run mark in ten games and four starts with the BayBears. His last start was on 7/24 against Mississippi, and the right-hander generated five scoreless frames surrendering only two hits in a winning decision. Garcia was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks as a minor league free agent in December of 2014, and formerly played within the Royals and Phillies organizations.

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.

Listen Live to BayBears and Suns: Live- July 29, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-21, 39-61) @ Mobile BayBears (19-11, 53-46)

Starters: MOB: RHP Edgar Garcia (2-0, 4.86 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Josh Hodges (1-0, 4.24 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson notched his second four hit game of the year, and his eighth multi-RBI game on Tuesday. Outfielder Eudy Pina has hit safely in five of his last seven games, and picked up his first home run as a Sun in Sunday night’s loss. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .349 in his last ten games while producing a hit in 11 of his last 12 games. Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .458 in his last eight games. Viosergy Rosa has tallied one home run and six RBI along with four runs scored in his last nine games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests second in home runs (15), third in RBI (56), and total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 100 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for third in games played (95). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (52). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), average against (.191), and K/9 ratio (9.45). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.80). Zack Cox controls the fifth-best batting average in the league (.317).

Suns Drop Series Opener with BayBears 6-4

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-21, 39-61) dropped their series opener with the Mobile BayBears (19-11, 53-46) 6-4 Tuesday night from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Braden Shipley (W, 8-8) in his start for Mobile lasted seven frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. Jarlin Garcia (L, 0-1) in his first double-A start for Jacksonville allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five in five and two-thirds innings. Silvino Bracho (S, 12) nailed down his 12th save of the year after tossing a scoreless ninth for Mobile.

In the last of the first inning Mobile got on the board after they received a lead off single by Sean Jamieson, to then have him set up at third after he stole second, and moved to third on a fly ball out. Then Garrett Weber grounded a RBI single into center to score Jamieson, and make it a 1-0 BayBears scoreboard advantage.

Moving to the second, and the Suns would load the bases after a walk to David Adams, a single by Ryan Rieger, and Sharif Othman being hit by a pitch. With Kenny Wilson now at the plate, he generated a two RBI double to leap the Suns ahead 2-1.

The BayBears tied the score at two in the bottom of the second when Mark Thomas (HR, 3) mashed a solo home run over the left field wall.

Flashing to the bottom of the third Jack Reinheimer would double to then get knocked home courtesy of Weber’s RBI double moving Mobile ahead 3-2. After a Socrates Brito single, Gabriel Guerrero lined a two run single to balloon the BayBears advantage to 5-2.

Moving to the sixth it was Guerrero lacing a one out double, followed by a throwing error by Suns third baseman Matt Juengel that put Thomas on first. After a sacrifice bunt moving Thomas to second, and Jacksonville bullpen arm Craig Stem now in the game, a passed ball scored Guerrero and moved Mobile ahead 6-2.

In the ninth frame against Mobile reliever Seth Simmons, the Suns loaded the bases with nobody out after Wilson’s single, a walk to Carlos Lopez, and a single by J.T. Riddle. With Bracho now on the hill for the BayBears, Juengel bounced out into a double play bringing in a run, and setting the Suns deficit at 6-3. Viosergy Rosa would line a RBI double to bring in Lopez and make it a 6-4 ballgame.

Craig Stem out of the bullpen for the Suns lasted an inning and a third in scoreless fashion while relinquishing a walk and collecting a solo strikeout. Right-hander Juancito Martinez generated a scoreless eighth in relief for the Suns.

The Suns and BayBears will square off once again Wednesday night from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Josh Hodges (1-0, 4.24 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty Edgar Garcia (2-0, 4.86 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’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.

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 the highlights from tonight’s contest

Garcia, Suns Take on BayBears in Opener

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Suns (10-20, 39-60) will begin a five-game series tonight with Marlins number 10 prospect Jarlin Garcia on the mound against the Mobile BayBears (18-11, 52-46) from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET.

The Suns are coming off their sixth series loss of the second half, and their 15th series loss of the season. JAX would drop four out of the five games played at Bragan Field, and the series would see the Suns drop an extra innings contest on Friday night, while splitting a doubleheader on Saturday, and coming up on the losing end on Sunday and Monday. The Suns bullpen would allow two leads to disappear in Friday and Sunday’s losses. JAX would keep the games close as Birmingham would earn a pair of wins in the series by a solo run, and a pair of victories by two runs. In the series Jacksonville’s pitching staff offered up grand slams to Birmingham’s Danny Hayes and Christian Marrero on Saturday and Monday respectively.

Mobile enters tonight’s series opener 18-11 in the second half, and 52-46 overall on the 2015 season. The club is currently sitting in first place in the Southern League South Division standings with a game and a half cushion over the second place Mississippi Braves. The BayBears currently control the fifth-best batting average in the Southern League (.255) and possess the league’s third best ERA (3.48). Zach Borenstein highlights the club’s lineup posting the S.L’s third-best on-base percentage (.409), fourth best batting mark (.320), and currently sits fifth in RBI (52). They are coming off a series victory over the Braves in which they took four out of the five games played from Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Jarlin Garcia to be opposed by Mobile righty Braden Shipley. Garcia will make his first start with the Suns tonight after making 18 starts at the High-A level with the Jupiter Hammerheads, in which he worked to a 3-5 record and an ERA of 3.06 ERA. The southpaw is ranked as the Marlins 10th best prospect according to Baseball America, and was signed by the Marlins as an International Free Agent in 2010. The 22-year old was the lone Marlins representative at the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures game, and would take the loss surrendering three runs on three hits in an inning and two-thirds innings on the mound. In this his fifth season playing professionally, he has put together a .500 record of 21-21 alongside a 3.60 ERA in 84 games and 70 starts.

Shipley will take the ball for Mobile 7-8 while sporting a 4.06 earned run mark in 20 starts with Mobile. His last start came on 7/23 against Mississippi, in which he would earn a winning decision in six scoreless innings on the mound. The 23-year old is a former first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Nevada.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

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.

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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-20, 39-60) @ Mobile BayBears (18-12, 52-46)

Starters: MOB: RHP Braden Shipley (7-8, 4.06 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Jarlin Garcia (0-0, 0.00  ERA)

Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 38 of his last 50 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .303 average (59-for-195). Outfielder Eudy Pina has hit safely in five of his last six games, and picked up his first home run as a Sun in Sunday night’s loss. Sharif Othman has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games, in which he is 12-for-46 (.261) at the plate. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .368 in his last nine games while producing a hit in 10 of his last 11 games. Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .458 in his last eight games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests second in home runs (15), third in RBI (56), and total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 99 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for third in games played (94). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (51). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), average against (.191), and K/9 ratio (9.45). Starter Austin Brice has the fourth-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.80). Zack Cox controls the fifth-best batting average in the league (.317) while resting fifth in on-base percentage (.395).

Suns Fall in Series Finale with Barons 5-3

Game Recap

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-20, 39-60) dropped the series finale to the Birmingham Barons (21-8, 54-44) 5-3 Monday night from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg:

Myles Jaye (W, 10-4) for Birmingham generated six innings allowing three runs (all earned) on two hits while walking four and striking out three. Austin Brice (L, 3-7) in his start for Jacksonville would work six innings allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out six. Zach Isler (S, 4) notched his fourth save of the year after hurling a scoreless ninth for the Barons

The Suns would mount a rally in the bottom of the second after David Adams and Ryan Rieger worked a pair of walks. After a Terrence Dayleg sacrifice bunt placing Adams and Rieger in scoring position, Zack Cox would drive in both courtesy of his two run single putting Jacksonville ahead 2-0.

Flashing to the third frame, and all with two outs, a single, hit by pitch, and a walk would load the bases for Christian Marrero’s (HR, 12) grand slam home run that put the Barons in front 4-2.

In the bottom of the sixth Jacksonville generated runners on the corners with one out for Ryan Rieger’s RBI fielder’s choice to bring in a run and bring the Suns to within a 4-3 deficit.

To the seventh, and the Barons picked up a lone run after Keenan Walker manufactured a one out walk, to then steal second, and plate after Jacob May’s RBI single into center pushed the Barons to a 5-3 scoreboard advantage.

Tyler Higgins tossed a scoreless two and one third frames out of the bullpen for Jacksonville. Suns bullpen arm Fabian Williamson tossed two-thirds of an inning in scoreless fashion after entering in the ninth.

The Suns will kick off a five game series with the Mobile BayBears Tuesday 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 (3-6, 5.36 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty A.J. Schugel (7-2, 2.21 ERA).

Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’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.

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 the highlights from tonight’s contest: