By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MOBILE, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-21, 39-61) dropped their series opener with the Mobile BayBears (19-11, 53-46) 6-4 Tuesday night from Hank Aaron Stadium.
Braden Shipley (W, 8-8) in his start for Mobile lasted seven frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. Jarlin Garcia (L, 0-1) in his first double-A start for Jacksonville allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five in five and two-thirds innings. Silvino Bracho (S, 12) nailed down his 12th save of the year after tossing a scoreless ninth for Mobile.
In the last of the first inning Mobile got on the board after they received a lead off single by Sean Jamieson, to then have him set up at third after he stole second, and moved to third on a fly ball out. Then Garrett Weber grounded a RBI single into center to score Jamieson, and make it a 1-0 BayBears scoreboard advantage.
Moving to the second, and the Suns would load the bases after a walk to David Adams, a single by Ryan Rieger, and Sharif Othman being hit by a pitch. With Kenny Wilson now at the plate, he generated a two RBI double to leap the Suns ahead 2-1.
The BayBears tied the score at two in the bottom of the second when Mark Thomas (HR, 3) mashed a solo home run over the left field wall.
Flashing to the bottom of the third Jack Reinheimer would double to then get knocked home courtesy of Weber’s RBI double moving Mobile ahead 3-2. After a Socrates Brito single, Gabriel Guerrero lined a two run single to balloon the BayBears advantage to 5-2.
Moving to the sixth it was Guerrero lacing a one out double, followed by a throwing error by Suns third baseman Matt Juengel that put Thomas on first. After a sacrifice bunt moving Thomas to second, and Jacksonville bullpen arm Craig Stem now in the game, a passed ball scored Guerrero and moved Mobile ahead 6-2.
In the ninth frame against Mobile reliever Seth Simmons, the Suns loaded the bases with nobody out after Wilson’s single, a walk to Carlos Lopez, and a single by J.T. Riddle. With Bracho now on the hill for the BayBears, Juengel bounced out into a double play bringing in a run, and setting the Suns deficit at 6-3. Viosergy Rosa would line a RBI double to bring in Lopez and make it a 6-4 ballgame.
Craig Stem out of the bullpen for the Suns lasted an inning and a third in scoreless fashion while relinquishing a walk and collecting a solo strikeout. Right-hander Juancito Martinez generated a scoreless eighth in relief for the Suns.
The Suns and BayBears will square off once again Wednesday night from Hank Aaron Stadium with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Josh Hodges (1-0, 4.24 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty Edgar Garcia (2-0, 4.86 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’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.
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Here are the highlights from tonight’s contest