By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (15-30, 44-70) fell to the Montgomery Biscuits (25-19, 59-53) in 14 innings 5-4 Tuesday night from Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
Jared Mortensen (W, 7-5) tossed a scoreless two frames out of the bullpen for Montgomery in the victory. Lay Batista (L, 0-2) offered up the winning run in the 14th in relief for Jacksonville in his losing decision.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first, when Carlos Lopez (HR, 6) ripped a two-run home run after a Kenny Wilson walk, to put the Suns up 2-0.
To the bottom of the first it was Tyler Goeddel leading off with a double, to then get knocked in two batters later by Cameron Seitzer’s run scoring single. The Suns lead was now 2-1.
After a one out single by Carlos Lopez, and a throwing error that moved him to second in the top of the third, David Adams would then line a RBI single to score Lopez, and make it a 3-1 Suns advantage.
To start things off in the bottom of the third Justin O’Conner (HR, 9) cracked his second home run of the year to creep the Biscuits to within a run, and a 3-2 deficit.
After a single by Ryan Rieger with one out in the top of the fourth, two batters later Elliot Soto provided a RBI triple into left centerfield gap, to score Rieger, and double up Jacksonville’s lead to 4-2.
Flashing to the last of the fifth Johnny Field Jr. (HR, 14) collected his 14th home run of the year, a solo shot to right, that crept the Biscuits to within a 4-3 score. The Biscuits now put runners on the corner after a pair of fielding errors. With Suns reliever Alex Burgos on the mound Patrick Leonard bounced into a RBI fielder’s choice to tie the game at four.
After Goeddel was hit with a pitch, and Leonard looped a single the Biscuits had a pair of runners on in the bottom of the 14th. After a wild pitch and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Dayron Varona generated a bases loaded walk and walked off Montgomery as a 5-4 victor.
Trevor Williams in his start for Jacksonville lasted four and a third frames relinquishing three runs (all earned) on five hits (two home runs) while not walking a batter and striking out four. Alex Burgos in relief for Jacksonville tossed a scoreless inning and two-thirds on the mound. Tyler Higgins worked two and two-thirds scoreless frames allowing three hits while walking one and striking out four. Cody Ege tossed three scoreless frames allowing two hits.
The Suns will continue their road trip beginning a series against the Jackson Generals Wednesday night with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from The Ballpark at Jackson. The Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-1, 5.90 ERA) while the Generals will counter with right-hander Misael Siveiro (4-10, 4.72 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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