By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (15-29, 44-69) were topped by the Montgomery Biscuits (24-19, 58-53) 11-7 Monday night from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
Taking the ball for Montgomery was Chris Kirsch (W, 1-2) and he generated five frames surrendering three runs (all earned) on five hits while walking and striking out two in a winning decision. Scott Lyman (L, 0-8) in his start for Jacksonville lasted three and a third frames allowing nine runs (five earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out one in the loss.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first when Kenny Wilson led off with a double, to then get knocked in two batters later by J.T. Riddle’s RBI single, putting the Suns ahead 1-0.
To the bottom of the second, the Biscuits generated a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs. Then a bases loaded walk to Tyler Goeddel forced in a run and tied the game at one. With the bags still full, Patrick Leonard reached via a throwing error on Suns third baseman Matt Juengel that scored a pair of runners and made the tally 3-1. Next batter Dayron Varona promptly laced a run scoring single to extend Montgomery’s advantage to 4-1.
Flashing to the third frame, with runners on first and second, David Adams provided a two-run double bringing Jacksonville to within a 4-3 deficit.
In the bottom of the third the Biscuits led off with back-to-back singles by Jake Bauers and Daniel Robertson that put runners on the corners. A double play ball hit into by Justin O’Conner plated a run, and made it a 5-3 ballgame.
With runners on the corners and nobody out, a fielding error charged to Suns second baseman Elliot Soto brought home a run and put the Biscuits in front 6-3. In the same frame, Bauers (HR, 4) then blasted a three-run home run that hit the left field foul pole and put Jacksonville behind 9-3.
To lead off the sixth inning, David Adams ripped (HR, 5) a solo home run into center field against Biscuits bullpen arm Ryne Stanek, which cut at the Suns deficit with the club now trailing 9-4.
In the bottom of the eighth Suns reliever Juancito Martinez offered up a two-run home run to Varona and set the score at 11-4.
A Chadd Krist RBI triple and a Kenny Wilson sacrifice fly brought the Suns to within an 11-6 score in the ninth. A David Adams RBI single made the final tally 11-7.
Casey McCarthy worked two and two-thirds scoreless frames out of the Suns bullpen. Cody Ege tossed a scoreless seventh in relief for Jacksonville. Martinez relinquished two runs (both earned) on one hit (home run) while walking three and not recording a strikeout.
The Suns and Biscuits will square off in the series finale Tuesday night with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. The Suns will send out Trevor Williams (6-8. 4.16 ERA) while the Biscuits will counter with right-hander Jake Faria (3-3, 3.05 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.
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