By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (14-26, 43-66) worked past the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (23-17, 48-60) en route to a 5-4 victory Thursday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg:
Fabian Williamson (W, 1-0) out of the bullpen for Jacksonville manufactured a pair of scoreless and hitless innings while allowing five walks and striking out two. Barrett Astin (L, 3-3) in his start for Pensacola tossed three innings surrendering five runs (all earned) on five hits (one home run) while walking five and striking out two. Juancito Martinez (S, 7) nailed down his seventh save of the year after allowing two runs on one hit (one home run) while walking one and not striking out a batter.
The scoring would begin in the top of the second after Marquez Smith led off with a triple to then get knocked home one batter later by Juan Duran’s RBI sacrifice fly into right. The Wahoos would hold on to a 1-0 lead through one and a half frames of play.
In the last of the second Jacksonville worked the bases loaded after a David Adams hit by pitch, a walk to Viosergy Rosa, and a single into right delivered by Ryan Rieger. Next batter Sharif Othman bounced into a double play that scored Adams from third and tied the game at one.
To the fourth frame the Suns plated four runs. After a pair of walks offered up by Wahoos starter Astin, Viosergy Rosa (HR, 5) hammered a three-run home run over the right field wall to make it a 4-1 game. With the bases still loaded, against Wahoos reliever Joel Bender, Carlos Lopez lined a RBI sacrifice fly into center to make it a 5-1 contest.
Flashing to the eighth Bryson Smith (HR, 2) laced a solo home run over the left field wall to bring Pensacola to a 5-2 deficit.
In the top of the ninth with a runner on base against Suns reliever Martinez, Kyle Skipworth (HR, 10) offered up a two run home run that brought the Wahoos to within a 5-4 score.
Trevor Williams in his start for the Suns lasted four frames relinquishing one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out a pair of batters. Cody Ege hurled two innings for Jacksonville allowing one run (earned) on one hit while walking a solo batter and striking out three in relief.
The Suns will begin a five game series with the Montgomery Biscuits Friday night with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. The Suns will send out righty Austin Brice (3-8, 5.66 ERA) while the Biscuits will counter with right-hander Austin Pruitt (6-5, 3.10 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 7:50 p.m. ET.
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Hear the highlights of tonight’s contest: