By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (15-27, 44-67) were dropped by the Montgomery Biscuits (22-19, 56-53) 8-3 Saturday night from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
Austin Pruitt (W, 7-5) toeing the rubber to start for Montgomery lasted six innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking and striking out two. Chipper Smith (L, 2-3) in his start for Jacksonville lasted five and a third innings allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits while walking one and striking out two in a losing decision.
The scoring would begin in the top of the third, when Jacksonville placed runners on the corners with one out for Eudy Pina’s RBI sacrifice fly into right field, that leaped the Suns ahead 1-0.
After a J.T. Riddle single, and a David Adams base knock, followed by a walk to Viosergy Rosa, the bases would be loaded in the fourth for Jacksonville. Then it was Matt Juengel sending a RBI fielder’s choice groundball to second to double up his squad’s lead to 2-0.
To lead off the sixth Tyler Goeddel (HR, 8) laced a solo home run over the right field wall to make it a 2-1 ballgame. After a ground rule double, and a wild pitch allowed Patrick Leonard to set up at third, it was then Cameron Seitzer who mashed a RBI single into right, tying the game at two, and forcing Jacksonville to go to the bullpen. With Suns bullpen arm Lay Batista now in the game, Johnny Field Jr. provided a double to set a pair of runners in scoring position. After an intentional walk to Jake Bauers loaded the bases, Jake Depew belted a two RBI double to put the Biscuits ahead 4-2. To end the six-run sixth Juniel Querecuto generated a two-run single ballooned the advantage to 6-2.
Moving to the bottom of the seventh the Biscuits generated a pair of runners on base for Seitzer’s two-run double making it an 8-2 game.
Flashing to the away half of the eighth inning, Viosergy Rosa would ground a run scoring single down the left field line to now create a deficit for the Suns of 8-3.
Out of the Suns bullpen Lay Batista tossed an inning and two-thirds allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out two. Casey McCarthy worked a scoreless eighth inning for Jacksonville.
The Suns and Biscuits will square off again Sunday night with a first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. ET from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. The Suns will send out lefty Matt Tomshaw (5-9, 4.11 ERA) while the Biscuits will counter with right-hander Taylor Guerrieri (0-1, 4.50 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’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 a special “Suns Sunday” edition the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:05 p.m. ET.
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