By Steve Kolbe
The Jacksonville Suns built a 4-0 lead over the Jackson Generals at the Baseball Grounds on Saturday night, when rain stopped the play and eventually suspended the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Saturday’s game will be completed beginning at 3:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon, with the Suns and Generals playing their regularly scheduled game Sunday night. Game two will be a seven-inning contest.
The Suns came out swinging in the first inning against Generals starter Steve Garrison. Donnie Webb and Chris Gutierrez led off the game with singles, and with the first two batters the Suns had matched their hit total from Friday night’s 1-0 loss. After a force out, third baseman Shawn Bowman drove in his 29th run of the season with a sacrifice fly, with Webb scoring to put the Suns in front 1-0.
Jacksonville added three more runs in the second, all with two outs. Paul Gran singled to start the rally, and scored on Ryan Patterson’s double to increase the lead to 2-0. Donnie Webb then smashed a two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Suns a 4-0 advantage. Webb has hit two round trippers in his last four games.
Suns starting pitcher Bryan Evans began the game in search of his second straight win. He retired the first seven batters he faced, and allowed just two hits in four innings. Generals starter Steve Garrison allowed four runs on seven hits and was on the mound in the bottom of the fourth with one out when the skies opened.
In the second game on Sunday, LHP Graham Taylor (3-5, 4.93) will start his 13th game the season for the Suns. RHP Taylor Stanton (1-1, 7.56) takes the hill for the Generals for his third start of the year.