By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSON, Tenn.– The Jacksonville Suns (16-32, 45-72) were dropped in the 12th inning by the Jackson Generals (16-31, 45-70) 6-5 Friday night from The Ballpark at Jackson.
Kyle Hunter (W, 3-1) picked up the win for Jackson in relief tossing a pair of scoreless frames allowing two hits while walking one and striking out two. Alex Burgos (L, 0-1) tossed a pair of frames and allowed the go ahead run in the 12th in a losing decision out of Jacksonville’s bullpen.
The scoring would begin in the top of the second after Viosergy Rosa worked a lead off walk, to then move to third after a pair of outs. With Eudy Pina now at the plate, he would loop a run scoring single into left to bring in Rosa, and provide the Suns with a 1-0 lead.
To the last of the second a Jordy Lara double and a Tyler Marlette single put runners on the corners with one out. Guillermo Pimentel’s RBI double that scored Lara, and tied the score at one. With runners now on second and third, Jabari Henry would lace a run scoring single into right to put the Generals in front 2-1.
Flashing to the seventh frame, the Suns worked the bases loaded after a lead off single from Rosa, a walk of Matt Juengel, and a bunt single by Zack Cox. Now with Jackson bullpen arm Matt Anderson in the game, Pina worked a walk to bring in a run, and knot the game at two apiece.
After Jackson had runners on first and second base, against Suns reliever Casey McCarthy in the seventh, Tyler Bortnick would rip a RBI triple into the left centerfield gap that plated a pair of runners, and gave the Generals a 4-2 scoreboard advantage.
In the eighth with runners on second and third and one out, Jacksonville’s Rosa lifted a RBI single into left to bring the Suns to within a 4-3 deficit. Then Juengel’s infield run-producing single brought another runner to home, and tied the score at four.
To the bottom of the eighth frame, an Aderlin Rodriguez single, and a Jordy Lara double, put runners on second and third for Marlette’s RBI single breaking the tie, and moving Jackson ahead 5-4.
In the ninth the Suns tied the game at five. Kenny Wilson’s two-out triple, followed by J.T. Riddle’s run scoring single created a new ballgame in the final frame.
To the 12th, and the Generals walked off a winner after Burgos walked Luis Caballero then relinquished a run scoring double by Lara to create a final of 6-5 in Jackson’s favor.
Chipper Smith in his start for Jacksonville generated six frames allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while walking and striking out two in a no decision. Casey McCarthy worked two frames out of the Suns bullpen and offered up three runs (all earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out one in a losing decision. Suns reliever Juancito Martinez tossed two scoreless frames surrendering only one hit in relief.
The Suns and Generals will square off again on Saturday night with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from The Ballpark at Jackson. The Suns will send out right-hander Scott Lyman (0-8, 6.43 ERA) while the Generals will counter with righty Edwin Diaz (3-8, 3.96 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’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 6:50 p.m. ET.
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