By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-18, 39-58) and Birmingham Barons (20-7, 53-43) would split a twinbill Saturday night from Bragan Field with the Barons winning the opener 5-0 and the Suns taking the finale 3-2.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
In the opener Mark Blackmar (W, 4-4) generated six scoreless frames allowing six hits while walking one and striking out two. Matt Tomshaw (L, 4-8) would work five innings and surrendering eight hits while walking four and striking out four in his start for Jacksonville.
The scoring would begin in game one after Tim Anderson led off the game with a double, and would move to third on a single by Jacob May. He would plate after a passed ball charged to Suns catcher Chadd Krist scored Anderson and made it 1-0 Barons.
Moving to the third frame the Barons got a pair of singles from May and Courtney Hawkins, and a walk to Christian Marerro to load the bases for a Danny Hayes (HR, 4) grand slam home run deep over the right field wall to create a 5-0 deficit for the Suns.
Craig Stem out of bullpen for Jacksonville tossed two scoreless frames.
In game two, Fabian Williamson (W, 2-0) out of the bullpen generated a scoreless inning en route to a winning decision for Jacksonville. Tim Crabbe (L, 1-1) in his start for Birmingham relinquished three runs (all earned) on six hits (two home runs) while walking one and striking out three. Tyler Higgins (S, 1) earned the save after allowing one run (earned) on two hits while not walking a batter and striking out two.
The Suns would get on the board in the bottom of the first after Kenny Wilson led off with a double, to get knocked home courtesy of a Carlos Lopez (HR, 5) two run home run to leap Jacksonville ahead 2-0.
Flashing ahead to the third frame Viosergy Rosa (HR, 4) laced a solo home run into the bleachers in right field to put the Suns on top 3-0.
Moving to the fourth frame, a lead off single for Jacob May, and a throwing error by pitcher Blake Logan, set up May at third for Christian Marrerro’s RBI sacrifice fly to make it a 3-1 ballgame.
Flashing ahead to the ninth, against Suns reliever Higgins, the Barons got a pair of hits eventually bringing in a run courtesy of a wild pitch. The Suns would now lead 3-2.
In his start for Jacksonville Blake Logan lasted four innings allowing one run (unearned) on one hit while walking two and striking out six. For the Suns bullpen Kyle Barraclough in his debut in the Marlins system struck out a pair of batters en route to his scoreless sixth.
The Suns and Barons will square off Sunday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Scott Lyman (0-6, 7.27 ERA) while the Barons will counter with righty Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.31 ERA).
Sunday is Bark In The Park & Kids Run the Bases! The Baseball Grounds will go to the dogs as all dogs get in for just $2.50! Plus after the game and before the concert all kids can run the bases, courtesy of VyStar Credit Union & 97.9 KISS-FM!
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 5:35 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.