By Steve Kolbe
Daily Archives: May 30, 2012
In their most lopsided win of the season, the Jacksonville Suns blanked the Mobile BayBears 9-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The Suns had lost their first seven games against the BayBears at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville this season by a combined score of 31-6.
BayBears mistakes helped the Suns take the lead in the second inning against starter Derek Eitel. Third baseman Matt Davidson committed two costly throwing errors in the inning, allowing both Kyle Skipworth and Ryan Patterson to reach base. Davidson has committed a team-high 14 errors. With one out in the second, Chris Gutierrez put the Suns in front 3-0 with his first home run of the season, a no-doubt blast over the left field wall. The Suns improved to 20-5 when they score the game’s first run. The BayBears have committed a league-high 61 errors. Last season Mobile had the fewest errors in the Southern League with only 98.
In the third, Paul Gran led off the inning when he was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Kyle Skipworth popped up in foul ground but BayBears catcher Rossmell Perez dropped the ball. Skipworth made the most of his second chance, hitting a double to right field to put runners on second and third. Kyle Jensen and Ryan Patterson followed with back-to-back RBI singles to increase the Suns lead to 5-0.
The Suns loaded the bases in the fourth inning when pitcher Bryan Evans singled for his first hit of the season, and BayBears pitcher Derek Eitel walked both German Duran and Paul Gran on four straight pitches. Jake Smolinski then drove in his fourteenth run of the season with a sacrifice fly to left, with Evans scoring for a 6-0 Suns advantage.
Jacksonville added to the lead with a two-out rally in the eighth inning against reliever Yonata Ortega. After striking out Donnie Webb and retiring German Duran on a liner, Ortega hit Paul Gran in the numbers. Gran was hit twice in the game, and this season has been hit by the pitch a team-high 10 times. Struggling with his command, Ortega issued four-pitch walks to both Jake Smolinski and Shawn Bowman to load the bases. Kyle Skipworth came to the plate and smashed his second double of the game, driving in both Gran and Smolinski to increase the lead to 8-0. Shawn Bowman completed the scoring when he came home on an Ortega balk.
Both managers were ejected from the game by home plate umpire Jay Pierce. In the fourth inning, Suns skipper Andy Barkett was throw out of a game for the first time this season. When Brent Clevlen hit a ball down the left field line that was ruled fair for a double, Barkett came out for an animated discussion. BayBears manager Turner Ward also had a run-in, and was tossed in the seventh for arguing balls and strikes.
Kyle Skipworth finished 2-for-5 for his seventh multi-hit game of the season. He drove in two runs and scored two runs, and has now hit safely in six of his last seven games. Chris Gutierrez was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. Jake Smolinski went 2-for-3 with a RBI and scored a run. Eight Suns players had at least one hit on the day. Mobile pitchers had held Jacksonville hitters to a .180 batting average during the seven game winning streak.
The Suns have blanked their opponents five times this season, with two of the shutouts coming against the BayBears. Mobile has been held off the scoreboard only twice this season, both times against the Suns. Graham Taylor and two relievers combined on a 7-0 three-hitter April 23 at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Jacksonville starter Bryan Evans (1-4) won for the first time this season. He allowed just three hits and struck out four over his six innings of work. In his last three starts, Evans has allowed just five runs over 15 innings. Corey Madden pitched two innings and allowed two hits, and A.J. Ramos tossed the ninth for the Suns.
With the win the Suns improved the record to 24-29 overall, and 10-18 at the Baseball Grounds.
The Mobile BayBears swept both games of a double header against the Jacksonville Suns on Tuesday at the Baseball Grounds. The BayBears edged the Suns 3-2 in game one, and claimed game two with a 3-1 win.
In the first game of the night, the Suns took an early lead in the first inning against Mobile starter Brett Lorin. Shortstop Danny Black drew a lead off walk, and German Duran reached on an error by the pitcher to put runners on first and second with no outs. Duran was reinstated from the 7-day disabled list prior to the game. With one out, Shawn Bowman drove in his 24th run of the season with a double to right field with Black scoring to give the Suns a 1-0 advantage. The Suns scored a run in the first inning for the 14th time this season, and lost for just the third time when crossing the plate in the first (11-3).
The BayBears gained the edge in the top of the second against Jose Alvarez. With one out, Alfredo Marte started the rally with a double to center. Brent Clevlen followed by jumping on the first pitch and doubled to left field, with Marte scoring to tie the game 1-1. Mobile took the lead 2-1 when Wladimir Sutil hit a two-out single to drive in Clevlen.
Jacksonville used another walk to tie the game in the third. Jake Smolinski was issued a free pass by Brett Lorin on a 3-2 pitch. A single by Bowman put runners on the corners for the Suns, and Kyle Skipworth delivered with a single with Smolinski racing home to even the score 2-2. Skipworth has hit safely in five of his last six games. Smolinski leads the Suns with 26 runs scored.
In the top of the seventh, the last inning of the game, Ed Easley led off with a single to left against reliever Kyle Kaminska. Pinch hitter Yazy Arbelo then drew a one out walk to put runners on first and second. Mobile center fielder Evan Frey was 0-for-3 on the night, but in the seventh he drove the ball into left-center field where Suns center fielder Donnie Webb tried to make a diving catch but came up short. Easley scored from second base to give the BayBears a 3-2 lead, and that’s the way the game would end.
The Suns went 10-5 in the month of April against opponents from the South Division. In May, Jacksonville is 4-12 against division foes with seven of the loses against the BayBears.
Kyle Skipworth and Shawn Bowman each finished with two hits and drove in a run. Danny Black and Jake Smolinski both walked and scored. Seven different players for the BayBears had a hit, with five of them doubles. Evan Frey drove in the game-winning run with a double in the seventh.
Suns starter Jose Alvarez allowed two runs on fours hits in five innings of work. Three of his last five starts have been no decisions. Kyle Kaminska suffered the loss, allowing a run on three hits and is 4-3 on the season. BayBears starter Brett Lorin allowed two runs on five hits in four innings and wasn’t around for a decision. Mobile reliever Kevin Munson allowed just one hit in his two innings to improve to 2-3 on the year. Matt Gorgen pitched the seveth to earn his fifth save of the season.
In game two BayBears starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger stole the show, pitching five and a-third innings of no-hit ball.
Mobile took a 1-0 lead in the third against Suns starter Zach Neal, when Evan Frey and David Nick hit back-to-back doubles with Frey scoring the first run of the game. The BayBears improved to 23-7 when they score the first run.
Suns reliever Wade Korpi took over In the fifth inning, and Dan Kaczrowski led off with a single. With two outs, David Nick singled and Matt Davidson drew a walk to load the bases. Marc Krauss then doubled to right field, with Nick and Davidson crossing the plate to increase the lead to 3-0.
Jake Smolinski broke up Bolsinger’s no-hit bid in the sixth inning with an infield single. Curt Smith followed with a triple to straight-away center, with Smolinski scoring the Suns lone run of game two.
The Suns have lost seven straight home games to the BayBears, and have been outscored 31-6 in those contests. Mobile now leads Jacksonville by eight games in the standings. The BayBears and Jackson Generals are tied for the most wins in the league with 31, and the Generals come to Jacksonville next week.
David Nick went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Four of Mobile’s eight hits were doubles. In the two games of the double header, the BayBears had nine doubles. Jake Smolinski and Curt Smith were the only two Suns with a hit. Smolinski scored two of the Suns three runs on the night.
Mike Bolsinger (2-1) allowed one run on two hits in six innings. Evan Marshall pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save of the season. Four of his 11 saves this season have come against the Suns at the Baseball Grounds. Suns starter Zach Neal (3-6) pitched four innings allowing one run on four hits.
Game three of the series is Wednesday afternoon at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.