The Pensacola Blue Wahoos topped the Jacksonville Suns 9-3 on Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds. The win snapped the Suns five-game winning streak over the Wahoos.
Pensacola jumped out to a lead in the first inning when Ryan LaMarre and Henry Rodriguez both singled, and with one out Joel Guzman doubled to left to drive in the first run. A batter later it was 2-0 when Rodriguez scored on Brodie Greene’s ground out. It was a tough first inning for Suns starter Bryan Evans. He allowed three hits, two runs, and walked a batter.
In the bottom of the inning Jacksonville cut the lead in half when Ryan Patterson singled, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by Pensacola catcher Mark Fleury. The Suns took the lead in the third inning when Patterson and Kyle Skipworth both walked and came around to score when Russell Mitchell doubled into left to give Jacksonville a 3-2 advantage. Patterson has scored four runs in the last two games.
That Blue Wahoos scored the next seven runs in the game. Pensacola sent nine men to the plate in the fourth and scored three runs to take a 5-3 lead. Josh Fellhauer, Mark Fleury, and Mark Serrano all walked and scored in the inning. In the game, the Wahoos drew eight walks and five of them came around to score.
Pensacola scored two more in the sixth and seventh innings to build a 9-3 lead. Joel Guzman finished 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. Henry Rodriguez went 4-for-5, scored two runs and drove in another. 11 of the Blue Wahoos 12 hits in the game were singles.
The Suns were held to four hits in the game. Russell Mitchell drove in two of Jacksonville’s three runs, the other was unearned. The Suns dropped to 1-9 this season when allowing the game’s first run.
Bryan Evans dropped to 0-2. He pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and five runs but only two were earned. Evans walked five and struck out two. The winning pitcher was Mark Serrano. He tossed three scoreless innings to improve to 2-0.
Game three of the series is Friday night with Zach Neal (2-1, 1.42) taking the mound for the Suns. The Blue Wahoos counter with Daniel Corcino (0-1, 4.12).