Suns Close out Wahoos Series in Pensacola

Game Preview
Jeremias Pineda leads the Southern League with six stolen bases. Photo Courtesy: Marie Cox.

Jeremias Pineda leads the Southern League with six stolen bases. Photo Courtesy: Marie Cox.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (5-4) will close out their series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (7-2) at Blue Wahoos Stadium tonight.

The Wahoos have won three of the first four games of the set to clinch a series win, and yesterday Pensacola outlasted Jacksonville 4-3 in 11 innings.

Tonight the Suns and Wahoos will square off in the fifth and final game of the series at 7:30 p.m. ET. Left-handed pitcher Tim Berry (0-0, 11.57 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Blue Wahoos right-hander Rookie Davis (1-0, 1.80 ERA).

Here are more notes on tonight’s contest from the official Suns game notes.

Roster Moves: The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Blue Wahoos Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.  Right-handed relief pitcher Victor Araujo has been transferred from Jacksonville to Batavia. Araujo has pitched in four games for the Suns, going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and one save.   In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Blake Logan has been transferred from Batavia to Jacksonville. Logan started for the Suns last Sunday, allowing only a run on four hits during his four innings on the mound against the Birmingham Barons. The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players.

So Long Wahoos: Today the Suns wrap up their first series of the year with their in-state rivals, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This is the first of four series between the clubs, and the first of two played in Pensacola. The Suns will next welcome to the Wahoos to the Baseball Grounds from May 19-23, and July 14-18, before making a return trip to Pensacola from August 27-31. Last year the Suns and Wahoos also played 20 games, with Pensacola winning the season series 12-8. The Suns won the first three season series between the clubs in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Life in the Fast Lane: The Suns lead the Southern League with 13 stolen bases through the first nine games of the season. The top two hitters in Jacksonville’s batting order are leading the way, with Jeremias Pineda atop the league with six stolen bases, and Yefri Perez right behind him with five. Moises Sierra and Matt Juengel have a stolen base each, but 11 of the 13 Jacksonville stolen bases come from Pineda/Perez. Pineda had his best day on the basepaths on Sunday April 10 when he stole four bases as part of a team six steal day against the Birmingham Barons, the most the Suns have stolen in a game since 2008.

Close Games: The Suns are no stranger to close games early in the 2016 season. Three of Jacksonville’s four losses have been by one run, and the 4-1 loss on Thursday was the only game in this Wahoos series that wasn’t decided by a single run. The Suns are 1-3 in one run games, with the win coming in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in the second game of this series.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover  providing play by play. Hoover and Andrew Gibson will host the pregame show Suns On Deck beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET. The game can be heard locally on FM 102.3 The Beach, on the TuneIn Radio app, as well as online by clicking the link below:

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