By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (8-8, 37-48) earned a 4-3 walk off victory over the Mobile BayBears (8-8, 42-43) courtesy of a wild pitch in a 14-inning marathon Saturday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Josh Hodges (W, 1-0) in relief for Jacksonville tossed four scoreless innings allowing three hits while walking one and striking out four. Jimmie Sherfy (L, 0-4) shouldered the losing decision out of the bullpen for Mobile in two thirds of an inning in which he offered up the wild pitch that brought in the game-winning run for Jacksonville in the 14th.
The scoring would begin in the top of the fourth after Rudy Flores would work a lead off walk to then get knocked home by a Stewart ljames RBI triple to make it a 1-0 Mobile lead.
In the last of the fourth, the Suns responded courtesy of a Ryan Rieger triple followed by Sharif Othman’s (HR, 2) two-run home run that all came with two outs, providing Jacksonville with a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, against Suns reliever Raudel Lazo, the BayBears tied the score at two after Tom Belza led off the frame with a base knock, to then get knocked in courtesy of Gerson Montilla’s RBI double.
Onto the top of the tenth and Mobile mounted a two out rally against Suns reliever Martinez. First a two out walk to Rudy Flores, then a single by Stewart Ijames, and a RBI base knock by Mark Thomas pushed Mobile in front 3-2.
In the bottom of the tenth, Viosergy Rosa would generate a one out walk to then get knocked in two batters later by Zack Cox’s pinch-hit two out RBI double to tie the game at three. All damage came against Mobile bullpen arm Silvino Bracho.
The Suns loaded the bases in the fourteenth after a pair of singles by Brent Keys and J.T. Riddle, and a Viosergy Rosa walk. A wild pitch offered up Mobile reliever Sherfy brought in the game-winning run for Jacksonville in 4-3 walk off win.
Suns starter Jake Esch lasted five and two thirds allowing one run (earned) on two hits while walking seven and striking out four. BayBears starter Zack Godley lasted four and two thirds frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on a pair of walks and three strikeouts.
Out of the Suns bullpen Craig Stem worked a scoreless third of an inning while Raudel Lazo coughed up the lead in the seventh in his two innings of work. Juancito Martinez for the Suns and generated two innings in relief surrendering one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and not striking out a batter.
The Suns and BayBears will square off again Sunday afternoon from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 3:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out left-hander Matt Tomshaw (4-5, 3.10 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty A.J. Schugel (4-2, 2.52 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 1600 AM & 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 2:35 p.m. ET.
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: