Dietrich Joins Suns on Major League Rehab Assignment

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at the Blue Wahoos Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Miami Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich has been placed on a major league rehab assignment with the Suns, and will join the ball club tonight in Pensacola. Dietrich was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 23 (retroactive to August 19) with a right knee contusion. Dietrich has played in the majors all season for the Marlins, hitting .276 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in in 106 games played for the Marlins, mostly playing at second base or first base.

Dietrich showed off his juggling skills with the Suns in 2013. Photo Courtesy: The Florida Times-Union.

Dietrich has played for the Marlins in parts of four seasons since 2013, and is a career .248 hitter with 28 home runs and 96 RBI. Dietrich spent most of his 2013 season with the Jacksonville Suns, hitting .271 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI, his first season in the Miami organization after being acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar on Dec. 4, 2012.

Dietrich, 27, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and played in college at Georgia Tech.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns open a series in Pensacola at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when Suns left-hander Dillon Peters (3-0) is scheduled to face Wahoos right-hander Tyler Mahle (6-3). The Suns begin their final home series Thursday against Mobile with Mavericks Live Thirsty Thursday fueled by Budweiser, when fans 21 and over can purchase $1 12-oz. and $2 24-oz. beers adjacent to the new Budweiser Tiki Terrace, under the left-field video board, at the right-field bleachers, and behind section 115. The game is also presented by 95.1 WAPE and X102.9.

Tayron Guerrero Joins Suns

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Jackson Generals at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

Outfielder Moises Sierra has been placed on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis. Sierra leads the Southern League with a .336 batting average, and he also has hit nine home runs and driven in 37 runs for the Suns this year. This is the second stint for Sierra on Jacksonville’s disabled list in the second half, he was on the disabled list from June 25 to July 7 with a right hamstring strain.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Tayron Guerrero has been acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the San Diego Padres, and optioned to Jacksonville. Guerrero was acquired by the Marlins from San Diego along with right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner, right-handed pitcher Colin Rea, and cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitcher Carter Capps, right-handed pitcher (former Sun) Jarred Cosart, and first baseman Josh Naylor in a trade that was completed earlier today.

Guerrero has pitched at three different levels of the Padres organization this year. With Triple-A El Paso he had no wins or losses and a 6.00 ERA in 13 relief appearances. He also pitched in the major leagues with the Padres, making his major league debut on May 17 against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Guerrero pitched two innings (eighth and ninth) where he allowed a run on a hit with a walk in a game the Giants won 5-1. He most recently pitched with Double-A San Antonio in the Texas League. With the Missions he was 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA in 19 games in relief. Guerrero is a member of the Marlins 40-man roster.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns continue their series with Jackson at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when Suns right-hander Jake Esch (10-7) is scheduled to face Generals left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (9-4). Fans are encouraged to show their Gators and Bulldogs pride on Florida-Georgia Night, when Red (or Blue) Shirt Friday means fans who wear red or blue in support military personnel may save $1 off a ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The in-game soundtrack will feature Florida Georgia Line music, the Suns will wear red jerseys, and following the game are NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center. The game is also presented by Lite 96.1 WEJZ.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Yefri Perez Called Up to Miami Marlins

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – 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 the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

Suns utility player Yefri Perez has been recalled from Jacksonville to the major league Miami Marlins. Perez, a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, was hitting .262 with a home run and 28 RBI in 82 games played for the Suns this season. Perez leads the Southern League and is tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball with 39 stolen bases.

This is the second call-up for Perez to the majors this year, with the first being on July 3 when the joined the Marlins as the 26th man on the roster for the Fort Bragg Game, but he did not appear in the game.

In a corresponding move, infielder Garrett Weber has been transferred from Triple-A New Orleans to Jacksonville. Weber played in two games for the Zephyrs, going 3-for-6 with a triple. Weber has also played for the Suns this year, and in 20 games is hitting .200 with no home runs and four RBI.

The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The Suns continue their series with Pensacola at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when right-hander Patrick Johnson (4-5) is scheduled to face Blue Wahoos right-hander Rookie Davis (6-3). NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center follow the game. The Suns will wear red jerseys to support the military on Red Shirt Friday. Fans who wear red can save $1 off a ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The game is also presented by Gator Country 99.9 WGNE.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.

Suns Aim For Second Straight vs. Barons

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Jarlin Garcia makes his first 2016 start tonight against the Barons. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns got the 2016 season off to a rousing start with a 6-1 win over the Birmingham Barons on Thursday night.

8,367 fans filled the Baseball Grounds for the largest Opening Night crowd in the last nine seasons, and the Suns provided plenty of highlights on the mound and at the plate.

An added highlight was Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles throwing out the ceremonial first pitches, and the duo joined us in the Suns Baseball Network booth during the game, and you can listen to that interview below:

Now the Suns look to start the season 2-0, as we’ll have an outstanding pitching matchup tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds.

For the Suns, left-handed pitcher Jarlin Garcia will make his 2016 debut. Garcia is listed by Baseball America as the Marlins No. 3 prospect entering this season, and he went 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in seven Suns starts last year.

The Barons will counter with right-hander Carson Fulmer, a first round pick by the White Sox a year ago out of Vanderbilt. Fulmer is Baseball America’s No. 2 White Sox prospect, and tonight he makes his Double-A debut as he starts his first full professional season.

Here are the official Suns Game Notes for tonight’s game.

Gates open at 6 p.m. for Red Shirt Friday and NAPA Family Fireworks presented by NAPA Auto Care Center. Fans who wear red at the box office save $1 at the box office or may donate it to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and fireworks will follow the game.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Marco LaNave will host the pregame show Suns On Deck beginning at 6:50 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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ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket packages for the upcoming season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting http://www.jaxsuns.com.

Suns on the Move in Rule 5 Draft

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Former Suns first baseman Viosergy Rosa was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the Triple-A Phase of today’s Rule 5 Draft. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

Thursday morning’s Rule 5 draft saw several notable former Jacksonville Suns on the move from the Miami Marlins to new organizations.

2015 Suns Zack Cox, Chipper Smith, Viosergy Rosa, and Alex Burgos will all play for new organizations in 2016.

Most attention goes to the major league phase of the Rule-5 draft, where players selected must remain on the active major league roster for a minimum of 90 days the next season, or be returned to their previous organization. However that is not the case in the Triple-A or Double-A phase of the Rule 5 draft, where there is a lot of movement that impacts the Southern League.

Not every minor league player can be picked, but players who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years are eligible, as are players who were signed at 18 and have played in pro ball for five years.

Zack Cox with the Suns in 2015. Photo Courtesy: Jay Metz

With the eighteenth pick of the Triple-A phase of the draft, the Washington Nationals selected third baseman Zack Cox from the Marlins. Cox had played in a Suns uniform from 2012-13, plus spent most of 2015 in Jacksonville.

Cox is coming off of the best season of his Marlins organization career. Cox had the rare distinction of being a 2015 Southern League Postseason and Midseason All-Star, after hitting .321 with four homers and 27 RBI in 103 games played for the Suns in 2015 before being transferred to Triple-A New Orleans on August 19. Cox, originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2010 draft out of Arkansas, was acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the Cardinals in 2012.

Chipper Smith with the Suns in 2015. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

The second round of the Triple-A phase saw more movement for former Suns. The Baltimore Orioles selected left-handed pitcher Chipper Smith, who had pitched the last two seasons in Jacksonville.

Smith made his Suns debut in May 2014, and in 14 starts that season went 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 65 innings on the mound. Smith started the 2015 season with Jacksonville, yet also had a stint with High-A Jupiter midway through the year. Smith returned to the Suns to close the year, and overall went 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA in 21 appearances and 16 starts.

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Also in the second round, the Oakland Athletics selected first baseman Viosergy Rosa from the Marlins.

Rosa first came to Jacksonville just in time for the 2014 playoff push. In the final 20 games of that season, he hit .292 with two homers and 17 RBI to help during Jacksonville’s 10-game winning streak to close the season and earn a playoff berth. In the playoffs Rosa hit four homers in along with a .379 average and 14 RBI in seven postseason games. His home run hitting was instrumental in the Suns’ sweep of the Chattanooga Lookouts in the finals, and Rosa was named the 2014 Southern League Championship Series Most Valuable Player.

Rosa entered the 2015 season as the Baseball America No. 23 Marlins prospect. He finished the season hitting .217 with 10 homers and 59 RBI. Rosa got off to a slow start at the plate, hitting .190 with two homers and 27 RBI in the first half, but in the second half those numbers improved to a .245 average, eight homers, and 32 RBI, playing in 61 games both halves.

Additionally left-handed relief pitcher Alex Burgos was selected from by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the Triple-A phase. Burgos pitched in 10 games and made one start, going 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 29 and two-thirds innings pitched.

Along with seeing Cox picked by the Nationals in the first round of the Triple-A phase, the Marlins also saw the Braves select right-handed pitcher Enderson Franco, and the Dodgers select RHP Felipe Gonzalez.

In round two, the Marlins lost right-handed pitcher D.J. Johnson to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Marlins gained right-handed pitcher Patrick Johnson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round of the Triple-A Phase. Johnson reached the High-A level in the Rockies organizaiton in 2013, and spent last season in independent baseball with Sioux City, where he was 15-1 with a 2.08 ERA in the American Association.

In the second round, the Marlins selected catcher Maxx Tissenbaum from the Tampa Bay Rays. Tissenbaum spent last season at High-A Charlotte, where in 73 games he .257 with one home run and 33 RBI. Tissenbaum was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 11th round of the 2012 draft from Stony Brook University.

The Marlins also selected right-handed pitcher Juan Caballero from the St. Louis Cardinals. Caballero hasn’t pitched above rookie level with the Cardinals, spending last season in Johnson City in the Appalachian League.

Other notable Southern Leaguers on the move today include former Montgomery Biscuits outfielder Tyler Goeddel, who was the first pick of the major league phase by the Philadelphia Phillies. Former Jackson Generals outfielder Jabari Blash was selected from the Mariners by the Athletics, and former Biscuits outfielder Joey Rickard was selected by the Orioles from the Rays.

A full list of today’s Rule 5 draft results can be found here.

Suns Look To Get on Winning Track Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (10-22, 39-62) will look to snap a four-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Mobile BayBears (20-11, 54-46) with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium.

Tonight with a loss, the Suns would drop another series in the second half of the season. Overall Jacksonville has won only six of their 21 series played, and have come up on the winning end of only one series in the second half. JAX will have an uphill climb against the first-place Mobile BayBears, with not only the club resting in first place in the South Division, but with the Suns’ road struggles continuing posting their largest mark below .500 on the road (15-32), and overall (39-62).

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Mobile righty Yoan Lopez. Tomshaw enters tonight’s start 4-8 alongside a 4.34 ERA in 23 games and 12 starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 7/25 against Birmingham, in which the southpaw would earn a losing decision in five frames of work allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking four and striking out four in a 84-pitch performance. Since being moved to the starting rotation the 26-year old has posted a 3-7 mark attached with an ERA of 4.30 in 67 innings. The native of Kingston, N.Y. has made three appearances and one start against the BayBears this year, and generated an 0-1 record while saddled with an inflated 10.38 ERA in a total of eight and two-thirds innings, relinquishing 10 runs (all earned) on 17 hits. Tomshaw is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2011 out of Jacksonville University, and was acquired by the Marlins as a Rule-5 pickup in 2014.

Lopez takes the ball 1-3 alongside a 3.34 ERA in seven games and six starts with Mobile. His last start with Mobile came on 6/28 against Tennessee, in what was a losing decision in three and two-thirds frames of work. This year Lopez also spent time with the Arizona Fall League Diamondbacks and appeared in one game and worked to a spotless ERA in six innings on the mound. He signed with the Diamondbacks organization as an international free agent in January of 2015, and would agree to a signing bonus of over eight million dollars.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Listen Live to BayBears and Suns: Live- July 30, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-22, 39-62) @ Mobile BayBears (20-11, 54-46)

Starters: MOB: RHP Yoan Lopez (1-3, 3.34 ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (4-8, 4.34 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Centerfielder Kenny Wilson notched his second four hit game of the year, and his eighth multi-RBI game on Tuesday. Outfielder Eudy Pina has hit safely in six of his last eight games, and picked up a three-hit game on Wednesday night, and his first home run as a Sun in Sunday night’s loss. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .300 in his last ten games while producing a hit in 11 of his last 13 games. Zack Cox is currently hitting a blistering hot .458 in his last eight games. Viosergy Rosa has tallied one home run and six RBI along with four runs scored in his last nine games.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Closer Sean Donatello is second in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests tied for second in home runs (15), knotted in third for RBI (56), and total bases (154). Carlos Lopez has tallied 102 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for third in games played (96). Viosergy Rosa sits fifth in walks generated (52). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), second-best average against (.191) and K/9 ratio (9.45). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.80). Zack Cox controls the third-best batting average in the league (.320).

 

Suns and Barons Continue Series Tonight

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns (10-18, 39-58) and the Birmingham Barons (19-8, 52-44) will get set to play game four of their series tonight from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. ET.

The Suns have a possible series loss on the line tonight if they were to drop game four of this five game set. A loss would not only drop the Suns to 20 games below .500 on their overall record, but would also provide the club with the their fifth series loss of the second half. This year JAX have won only six of their 20 series played.

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Birmingham righty Frankie Montas. Lyman enters this start 0-6 alongside a 7.27 ERA in seven starts with the Suns. His last trip to the hill came on 7/19 against Mississippi, in which Lyman would work five and a third frames allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out five in a 87-pitch performance, that saw him take his sixth straight losing decision in 2015 with JAX. He has made one prior start against Birmingham a year ago, and that day the native of California relinquished seven runs (six earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out three in a losing decision. Prior to his call up to Jacksonville the 25-year old put together a solid first half with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads earning Florida State League Mid Season All Star honors after posting a 7-1 mark alongside a 1.61 ERA in 11 starts.

Montas will take the ball for Birmingham 3-1 while sporting a 2.31 earned run mark in 16 trips to the hill. The righty would earn a victory in his last start against Pensacola on 7/19, after he twirled five scoreless frames allowing only a pair of hits while fanning eight batters. On 7/20 he earned Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors. The native of the Dominican Republic earned a call up to the parent club White Sox earlier in the month of July but did not make an appearance.

Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 5:35 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.

Sunday is Bark In The Park & Kids Run the Bases!  The Baseball Grounds will go to the dogs as all dogs get in for just $2.50! Plus after the game and before the concert all kids can run the bases, courtesy of VyStar Credit Union & 97.9 KISS-FM!

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Listen Live to Barons and Suns: Live- July 26, 2015:

You can also keep up with all the game action on the Suns Baseball Network and by following the Suns on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Matchup: Birmingham Barons (19-8, 52-44) @  Jacksonville Suns (10-18, 39-58)

Starters: BIR: RHP Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.31  ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-6, 7.27 ERA)

Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 37 of his last 48 games, and during the stretch he has manufactured a .312 average (58-for-186). Sharif Othman has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, in which he is 12-for-44 (.273) at the plate. Shortstop J.T. Riddle is batting .368 in his last nine games while producing a hit in eight of his last nine games. Zack Cox generated a 4-for-4 night on last Monday, and finished the Pensacola series 5-for-7 while hitting a blistering hot .440 in his last eight games. Matt Juengel has begun to heat up posting a .364 average in his last nine games accompanied with five RBI.

 Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:

-Closer Sean Donatello is first in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests second in home runs (15), third in RBI (56), and total bases (153). Carlos Lopez has tallied 98 hits, which is good for fourth, and he’s tied for fourth in games played (92). Viosergy Rosa sits third in walks generated (51). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the second-best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), average against (.191), and K/9 ratio (9.45). Starter Austin Brice has the fourth-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.86). Zack Cox controls the fourth-best batting average in the league (.318).

Suns and Barons Postponed Due to Rain

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By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– The Jacksonville Suns (9-16, 33-45) and Birmingham Barons (17-7, 50-43) contest scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to rain.

Saturday will feature a pair of seven-inning games with first pitch for game one set 5:05 p.m. ET. The second game will begin roughly 30 minutes after completion of the first contest.

The Suns and Barons will continue their series Friday night with a first pitch from Bragan Field set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Josh Hodges (1-0, 2.25 ERA) while the Barons will counter with righty Robinson Leyer (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Friday is St. Patrick’s Day in July with Green Bragan Field Cap Giveaway, Leprechaun World Wrestling Championship, Blood Alliance Blood Drive, & NAPA Friday Family Fireworks! It’s St. Patrick’s Day in July at Bragan Field, and the first 3,000 fans receive a Green Bragan Field cap, courtesy of Memorial Hospital, First Coast News 12 & 25 & X102.9!  After the game see two live genuine leprechauns wrestle for a Pot-O’-Gold! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be at Bragan Field and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game plus a hot dog and soda voucher!  Stay after the game and before the wrestling as we light up the skies with the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks, presented by your NAPA AutoCare center dealers!

Suns fans can also listen to Friday’s contest 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, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Suns Power Past BayBears 7-2

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By : Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (7-7, 36-47) used an offensive outburst en route to a 7-2 win over the Mobile BayBears (7-7, 41-42) in the series opener Thursday night from Bragan Field.

Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:

Trevor Williams (W, 5-7) in his start for Jacksonville lasted six scoreless innings allowing five hits while not walking a batter and striking out three. Blayne Weller (L, 0-1) in his double-A debut generated five and one third innings relinquishing four runs (all earned) on eight hits while walking two and not striking out a batter in a losing decision.

The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first, after Carlos Lopez manufactured an infield single that was soon followed by J.T. Riddle’s RBI double that gave the Suns a 1-0 lead.

In the last of the second the Suns worked the bases loaded with three straight one-out singles provided by Zack Cox, Sharif Othman, and Trevor Williams. Kenny Wilson would double up Jacksonville’s advantage with a RBI sacrifice fly into centerfield making it a 2-0 ballgame.

In the bottom of the fifth, Lopez collected a double to then get knocked in two batters later by Matt Juengel’s run scoring double that made it 3-0 Jacksonville.

To the last of the sixth, and Zack Cox produced a one out triple to chase BayBears starter Weller from the game. In relief for Mobile was right-hander Jimmie Sherfy, who then offered up a wild pitch to bring in Cox from third and make it 4-0 Suns.

In the seventh frame, the Suns brought nine batters to the plate and plated three runs. A Juengel two RBI double, and a David Adams run-scoring single made it 7-0 Jacksonville through seven frames of play.

Flashing to the away half of the eighth, and a combination of a Jack Reinheimer double and a Rudy Flores run producing single made the tally 7-1.

Gerson Montilla laced a RBI single into center to make it a 7-2 game in the ninth.

The Suns bullpen tonight featured performances from Raudel Lazo, Scott McGough, and Craig Stem, who would work a total of three innings in relief allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits.

The Suns and BayBears will square off again Friday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (3-6, 5.30 ERA) while the BayBears will counter with righty John Omahen (1-0, 3.65 ERA).

Join us on Friday Night as we celebrate Pedro’s Last Dance with Pedro’s Last Dance T-Shirt Giveaway & Friday Family Fireworks! Be sure to arrive early as the first 3,000 fans get a Pedro’s Last Dance T-Shirt, courtesy of 1-2-1 Financial Credit Union, CBS-47 & 99.1 WQIK!  The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be at Bragan Field and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game and a hot dog and soda voucher! After the game we’ll light up the skies with the best fireworks show in town the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks courtesy of your local NAPA AutoCare Center Dealers!

Suns fans can also listen to Friday’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.

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.

Here are highlights from tonight’s contest:

June 25 Suns Roster Moves

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By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a series of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior today’s game against the Biloxi Shuckers at Bragan Field at 7:05 p.m.

Right-handed relief pitcher Kyle Fischer has been transferred from Jacksonville to Single-A Greensboro. Fischer made one appearance for the Suns, allowing five runs on four hits during Sunday’s loss to the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Right-handed relief pitcher Craig Stem has been transferred from Triple-A New Orleans to Jacksonville. Stem did not make an appearance for the Zephyrs, and with the Suns in 20 appearances this season is 1-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings pitched.

Infielder Danny Black has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to June 19, with a right shoulder contusion. Black in 15 games with the Suns is hitting .286 (14-for-49) with six runs batted in.

Also today, right-handed starting pitcher Jarred Cosart returned to the Miami Marlins after his major league rehab assignment with the Jacksonville Suns came to a close. Cosart started for the Suns on Sunday in Chattanooga, allowing a run on three hits with six strikeouts and six walks in five innings on the mound.

Earlier in the week, first baseman Michael Morse had his rehab assignment transfer from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. With the Suns, Morse hit .294 (5-for-17) with a homer and three RBI in five games in Chattanooga.

Additionally, outfielder Brent Keys was transferred off Jacksonville’s disabled list, and placed on a rehab assignment with the GCL Marlins. Keys had been on Jacksonville’s disabled list since the start of the regular season.

The Suns roster now stands at 24 active players, and a revised roster is attached.

The homestand kicks off with the return of the biggest party in town on Thursday with Thursday Night Throwdown and College Night!  Enjoy Buds for a Buck and 2 for 1 Cocktails at the hottest spot in Jacksonville!  Plus it’s College Night and all college students get in for $5 Dollars with ID! Sponsored by Budweiser, Jameson, Jim Beam, Jagermeister, Malibu Rum, Maverick’s, 95.1 WAPE & X102.9!

The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.