By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (9-15, 38-55) would drop the series opener with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (14-10, 39-53) 7-4 Monday night from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
Josh Smith (W, 5-2) generated five and a third frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on 10 hits while walking two and striking out eight. Trevor Williams (L, 6-8) in his start for Jacksonville lasted three innings relinquishing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. Zack Weiss (S, 11) notched his 11th save of the year after hurling a scoreless ninth in which he would strand the bases full of Suns.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first after Bryson Smith reached via a fielding error by Suns third baseman Zack Cox, to then get driven in by Jesse Winker’s RBI double providing the Blue Wahoos a 1-0 lead. Next batter Marquez Smith (HR, 6) would then lace a two-run home run over the right field wall to balloon the lead to 3-0. Zach Vincej then tacked on a RBI single to bring home another run for Pensacola, and generate a 4-0 tally in the Wahoos favor.
Moving to the top of the second and Smith (HR, 7) generated his second home run of the night to make it a 5-0 Pensacola.
In the top of the third it was Kenny Wilson (HR, 6) who rocketed a solo home run into center to get the Suns on the board and make it a 5-1 contest.
Flashing to the fourth and the Suns had a pair of runners on for Zack Cox’s RBI single that crept his squad to within a 5-2 score.
Moving to the home half of the fifth, against Jacksonville bullpen arm Blake Logan, Seth Mejias-Brean (HR, 5) launched a solo home run to left pushing Pensacola ahead 6-2.
In the sixth frame, with Bryson Smith on base, Marquez Smith would drive him home after his RBI double made the tally 7-2.
To the eighth, Kenny Wilson ripped a run scoring double to bring home Cox who walked to started off the frame. The Suns would now trail 7-3.
In the ninth frame, David Adams led off with a single, that was soon followed by Terrence Dayleg being hit by a pitch, setting the table for a Cox run scoring single bringing the Suns to within three. With the bases now loaded, against Wahoos reliever Zack Weiss, the Suns would go down in order to finish the ballgame.
Out of the bullpen Blake Logan lasted three innings allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits while not walking a batter and striking out six. Tyler Higgins tossed a pair of perfect frames accompanied with two strikeouts in relief for the Suns.
The Suns and Blue Wahoos will square off in the series finale Tuesday night from Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:35 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (3-6, 5.45 ERA) while the Wahoos will counter with righty Barrett Astin (1-1. 3.33 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 7:20 p.m. ET.
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: