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By Steve Kolbe
The Mobile BayBears edged the Jacksonville Suns 2-1 on Monday afternoon to increase their lead in the Southern League South Division to two games.
Starting pitching has been the story of the series so far for Mobile. The Suns managed just one hit against Sunday’s starter Trevor Bauer, and on Monday Tyler Skaggs allowed only five. In 14 innings the two BayBears starters have not allowed an earned run to the Suns.
Mobile took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Monday against Jacksonville starter Bryan Evans. With two outs, Tyler Skaggs doubled to left and Archie Gilbert drove him in with a double of his own. Skaggs is one of the better hitting pitchers in the league and is now 4-for-8 at the plate this season. The BayBears are 17-5 when scoring the game’s first run, while the Suns are 3-14 while they allow the first run.
The Suns scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning against Skaggs. Curt Smith led off the inning when he reached on an error by third baseman Matt Davidson. After a double by Ryan Patterson gave the Suns runners on second and third with no one out, Skaggs settled down to get Taylor Krick and Chris Gutierrez on ground outs with the runners stuck in scoring position. Pinch hitter Donnie Webb struck out which should have ended the inning, but Mobile catcher Rossmel Perez couldn’t hang on to the ball. Instead of throwing the ball to first to record the final out of the inning, Perez threw to third with Smith coming in to score on the strikeout to tie the game 1-1. The BayBears committed two errors in the inning, increasing their league leading total to 43. Last season Mobile committed only 98 errors, fewest in the Southern League.
In the eighth, Archie Gilbert walked to lead off the inning and later scored on Brent Clevlen’s sacrifice fly to give the BayBears a 2-1 lead and that was the game winning run.
Ryan Patterson finished the game 2-for-4 and his double in the fifth inning was the only extra base hit for the Suns on the day. Jake Smolinski, Paul Gran, Chris Gutierrez, and Kyle Skipworth each had a single in the game. Jacksonville has a total of nine hits in the first two games of the series.
For the BayBears, Archie Gilbert finished 2-for-3 and walked twice. He drove in a run and scored the game-winning run. Four of the BayBears seven hits in the game were doubles. The two teams combined to go 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position, and stranded 15 runners on base Monday afternoon.
Tyler Skaggs threw 94 pitches to earn his first win of the season striking out seven and walking just one. He pitched seven innings and scattered five hits and did not allow an earned run. Evan Marshall pitched the ninth for his fifth save of the season. Suns starter Bryan Evans pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and didn’t figure in the decision. Josh Schmidt (1-1) pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing two hits and one run and lost for the first time this season.
The BayBears have won eight of their last 11 games while the Suns have dropped four of their last five. Game three of the series is Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05PM. Zach Neal (2-3, 3.41) takes the mound for the Suns. He allowed five runs on seven hits in his last start. Derek Eitel (2-2, 3.86) will start for the BayBears.
By Steve Kolbe
A day after the Suns had their five-game winning streak come to an end, a fast start on Sunday afternoon propelled Jacksonville to a 4-3 win in Mobile. The Suns and BayBears are once again tied for first place in the South Division of the Southern League with identical 10-8 records.
Paul Gran tripled off of starting pitcher Derek Eitel to start the game. It was the second triple of the season for the Suns. After Ryan Patterson walked, Curt Smith drove in the first run of the game when BayBears third baseman Matt Davidson committed an error allowing Gran to score for a 1-0 Suns lead, with Patterson advancing to third on the miscue. Kyle Jensen followed with a sacrifice fly to right for his eighth RBI of the season, and Jacksonville led 2-0. Mobile has been outscored in the first inning this season 14-3.
The BayBears have committed five errors in the series and 23 total in the season’s first 18 games. During the 2012 season, Mobile had the fewest errors in the league with only 98.
Mobile cut the lead in half in the second inning against Suns starter Zach Neal when they loaded the bases with no outs. BayBears catcher Rossmel Perez grounded into a double play with Brent Clevlen scoring from third to make it 2-1. It could have been worse, but Neal was able to limit the damage and avoid the big inning.
Jacksonville scored in the third inning, when Curt Smith made it to first safely to avoid hitting into a double play. Jensen then drove in his second run of the game with a double to left field to increase the Suns lead to 3-1.
Mobile cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Marc Krauss walked to start the inning, and scored when Archie Gilbert doubled into left-center to drive in his first run of the season. Krauss reached base in all four of his trips to the plate during the afternoon, finishing with a single and three walks.
The Suns scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth when Jake Jefferies and Chris Gutierrez singled, and Donnie Webb reached base on an error. With the bases loaded and no outs, pitcher Zach Neal grounded into a double play, with Jefferies scoring to make the score 4-2 Jacksonville.
Reliever Josh Schmidt took over for Neal and pitched the seventh. The BayBears scored their final run of the game in the inning when Gilbert singled, and then stole both second and third. He now has six stolen bases this season after swiping 26 last year. Gilbert scored from third on a ground out by Raoul Torrez and Mobile trailed 4-3, but that’s as close as they would get.
Evan Reed pitched the last two innings to earn his fifth save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out two. Mobile did get the tying run aboard in the bottom of the ninth, when Archie Gilbert singled for his third hit of the game. Knowing that Gilbert already had two stolen bases and that he wanted to get in scoring position, Reed tossed numerous times over to first in an attempt to keep the speedster close. Reed finally caught Gilbert leaning the wrong way, and picked him off to end the game and give the Suns the 4-3 win. It was the third base runner that Suns hurlers have picked off on the road trip. Omar Poveda and Wade Korpi each had a pick off against Pensacola, with Korpi’s coming in the bottom of the twelfth in a game the Suns won in the very next inning.
Zach Neal improved his record to 2-1, pitching six innings and allowing six hits and two runs. He’s allowed only three runs in his first three starts of the season. Schmidt pitched the seventh, allowing a hit and a run. Since letting a ninth inning lead slip away in a loss to Huntsville, Reed has now converted his last four save opportunities.
Paul Gran finished 1-for-3, scored a run, and stole a base. Chris Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Curt Smith drove in his sixth run of the season. The Suns are now 8-1 when they score the first run of the game, the BayBears are 0-5 when they give up the game’s first run.
The Suns have won six of the first eight games on the season’s first road trip, and five of those wins have been by a single run. Game four of the series in Mobile is Monday night at 7:05PM with Graham Taylor scheduled to make his fourth start of the season. The BayBears counter with Chase Anderson, who will be making just his second start at the double-A level.