By : Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (7-7, 36-47) used an offensive outburst en route to a 7-2 win over the Mobile BayBears (7-7, 41-42) in the series opener Thursday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Trevor Williams (W, 5-7) in his start for Jacksonville lasted six scoreless innings allowing five hits while not walking a batter and striking out three. Blayne Weller (L, 0-1) in his double-A debut generated five and one third innings relinquishing four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking two and not striking out a batter in a losing decision.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first, after Carlos Lopez manufactured an infield single that was soon followed by J.T. Riddle’s RBI double that gave the Suns a 1-0 lead.
In the last of the second the Suns worked the bases loaded with three straight one-out singles provided by Zack Cox, Sharif Othman, and Trevor Williams. Kenny Wilson would double up Jacksonville’s advantage with a RBI sacrifice fly into centerfield making it a 2-0 ballgame.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lopez collected a double to then get knocked in two batters later by Matt Juengel’s run scoring double that made it 3-0 Jacksonville.
To the last of the sixth, and Zack Cox produced a one out triple to chase BayBears starter Weller from the game. In relief for Mobile was right-hander Jimmie Sherfy, who then offered up a wild pitch to bring in Cox from third and make it 4-0 Suns.
In the seventh frame, the Suns brought nine batters to the plate and plated three runs. A Juengel two RBI double, and a David Adams run-scoring single made it 7-0 Jacksonville through seven frames of play.
Flashing to the away half of the eighth, and a combination of a Jack Reinheimer double and a Rudy Flores run producing single made the tally 7-1.
Gerson Montilla laced a RBI single into center to make it a 7-2 game in the ninth.
The Suns bullpen tonight featured performances from Raudel Lazo, Scott McGough, and Craig Stem, who would work a total of three innings in relief allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits.
The Suns and BayBears will square off again Friday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (3-6, 5.30 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty John Omahen (1-0, 3.65 ERA).
Join us on Friday Night as we celebrate Pedro’s Last Dance with Pedro’s Last Dance T-Shirt Giveaway & Friday Family Fireworks! Be sure to arrive early as the first 3,000 fans get a Pedro’s Last Dance T-Shirt, courtesy of 1-2-1 Financial Credit Union, CBS-47 & 99.1 WQIK! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be at Bragan Field and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game and a hot dog and soda voucher! After the game we’ll light up the skies with the best fireworks show in town the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks courtesy of your local NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers!
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 6:50 p.m. ET.
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: