PEARL, Miss. – The Jacksonville Suns (9-11, 38-51) fell in walk off fashion in the bottom of the tenth en route to a 15-14 heartbreaking loss to the Mississippi Braves (11-9, 44-44) Thursday night from Trustmark Park.
David Peterson (W, 2-0) earned a winning decision in relief for Mississippi in two frames of work in which he allowed one unearned run while walking two and not striking out a batter. Craig Stem (L, 1-2) took the loss out of the bullpen for the Suns after offering up the walk off RBI single to Steve Rodriguez in the bottom of the 10th.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first after the Suns worked runners on the corners with one out, and Matt Juengel provided a RBI groundout to give the Suns a 1-0 lead.
To the top of the second and the Suns added to their lead when Terrence Dayleg started the frame off with a double to then get knocked in courtesy of Chadd Krist RBI single to give Jacksonville a 2-0 edge. Austin Brice would then lace a run scoring double that brought home Krist and made gave the Suns a 3-0 cushion. Still in the second frame, Carlos Lopez mashed a two-run double ballooning the advantage to 5-0. With Lopez now on third, he would then get driven in courtesy of Juengel’s RBI sacrifice fly making the tally now 6-0. Dayleg would then provide his second hit of the inning after his RBI single pushed his squad in front 7-0.
Flashing to the top of the third Wilson would drive in Krist after they produced back-to-back doubles that made the Suns scoreboard edge 8-0. J.T. Riddle then lined a run scoring single to bring in Wilson and make it a 9-0 game. Zack Cox would tack on a run scoring sacrifice fly to make it a 10-0 game.
To the bottom of the third the Braves would work the bases loaded to then bring in their first run courtesy of KD Kang’s RBI single. Suns starter Austin Brice would then offer up a bases loaded walk to trim the Suns lead to 10-2. Rio Ruiz would then line a two run single to trim Mississippi’s deficit to 10-4. Levi Hyams would then ground a RBI infield single to cut the Suns lead in half and make it 10-5. Steve Rodriguez up against Suns bullpen arm Blake Logan, lined a RBI sacrifice fly into center to make it 10-6. Matt Lipka then lined a two-run single that made it 10-8. Then it was Eric Garcia who blasted (HR, 2) a two-run home run to tie the score at 10 and completed the 10-spot in the frame.
Moving to the seventh, against Suns reliever Tyler Higgins, the Braves took the lead after Steve Rodriguez laid down a infield bunt single that allowed Hyams to plate, after Zack Cox’s throwing error. Then back-to-back run scoring singles to Eric Garcia and Matt Kennelly now made it a 13-10 Braves lead.
In the top of the eighth Matt Juengel’s run scoring triple scored Riddle after his lead off walk to make it a 13-11 ballgame. Viosergy Rosa (HR, 3) would then tie game after his pinch-hit two-run home run would tie the game at 13 in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom half of the eighth Rodriguez laced a RBI double off of Suns reliever Donatello to put the Braves back on top 14-13.
To the ninth and Jacksonville had runners on the corners for then to see Lopez bounce into a double play, but that would score the tying run. The game would be set a 14 apiece through eight and a half frames.
In the last of the 10th David Rohm would score after Steven Rodriguez’s RBI walk-off single that capped a 15-14 walk off win for Mississippi.
Suns starter Austin Brice worked two innings and surrendered five runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out two. Out of the bullpen Blake Logan lasted three innings and surrendered two runs (both earned) on a pair of hits (one home run) while walking two and striking out three. Tyler Higgins surrendered three runs (all earned) on four hits in relief.Sean Donatello worked a pair of innings in which he allowed one run (earned) on two hits.
The Suns and Braves will square off again Friday night from Trustmark Park with a first pitch set for 8:00 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Josh Hodges (1-0, 2.57 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Greg Ross (3-8, 5.19 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 7:45 p.m. ET.
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: