JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-20, 39-60) dropped the series finale to the Birmingham Barons (21-8, 54-44) 5-3 Monday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg:
Myles Jaye (W, 10-4) for Birmingham generated six innings allowing three runs (all earned) on two hits while walking four and striking out three. Austin Brice (L, 3-7) in his start for Jacksonville would work six innings allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out six. Zach Isler (S, 4) notched his fourth save of the year after hurling a scoreless ninth for the Barons
The Suns would mount a rally in the bottom of the second after David Adams and Ryan Rieger worked a pair of walks. After a Terrence Dayleg sacrifice bunt placing Adams and Rieger in scoring position, Zack Cox would drive in both courtesy of his two run single putting Jacksonville ahead 2-0.
Flashing to the third frame, and all with two outs, a single, hit by pitch, and a walk would load the bases for Christian Marrero’s (HR, 12) grand slam home run that put the Barons in front 4-2.
In the bottom of the sixth Jacksonville generated runners on the corners with one out for Ryan Rieger’s RBI fielder’s choice to bring in a run and bring the Suns to within a 4-3 deficit.
To the seventh, and the Barons picked up a lone run after Keenan Walker manufactured a one out walk, to then steal second, and plate after Jacob May’s RBI single into center pushed the Barons to a 5-3 scoreboard advantage.
Tyler Higgins tossed a scoreless two and one third frames out of the bullpen for Jacksonville. Suns bullpen arm Fabian Williamson tossed two-thirds of an inning in scoreless fashion after entering in the ninth.
The Suns will kick off a five game series with the Mobile BayBears Tuesday night from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (3-6, 5.36 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty A.J. Schugel (7-2, 2.21 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 7:50 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.
Here are the highlights from tonight’s contest: