By Steve Kolbe
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By Steve Kolbe
Pensacola tacked on another run in the eighth inning on a RBI ground out by Chris Berset, and the Blue Wahoos had a 9-2 win. It’s the sixth time this season that the Suns have allowed eight runs or more, with the Blue Wahoos accomplishing the feat three times. Pensacola has won consecutive games for the first time in over two weeks, last winning two contests in a row in Jacksonville May 18-19.
It’s the third time this season that the Blue Wahoos have scored nine or more runs in a game, they also had a 9-3 win over the Suns April 26th at the Baseball Grounds. The seven run win is the second largest margin over victory that Pensacola has had in a game this season, second only to an 8-0 win over Birmingham May 12th at Bayfront Stadium.
Suns pitcher Graham Taylor had his shortest outing since his first start of the season, when he allowed six runs in four innings against Chattanooga. Taylor surrendered six runs (5 ER) on ten hits in his four innings of work on Tuesday and fell to 3-5 on the season. Zach Neal came out of the bullpen, allowing three runs on four hits in the final four innings of the game.
Blue Wahoos starter J.C. Sulbaran allowed two runs on seven hits over six and a-third innings to improve his record to 4-4. Sulbaran struck out 10 Suns batters to earn his first win over Jacksonville this season in four starts. Relievers Wilkin De La Rose and Clayton Tanner finished the job, allowing just one hit in the final three innings. Pensacola pitchers fanned 14 Suns batters on Tuesday, and in the series Blue Wahoos hurlers have 49 strike outs in four games.
For the Suns, Donnie Webb and Jeff Dominguez each finished with two hits, with Webb driving in his 15th run of the season. Ryan Patterson, Curt Smith, Kyle Jensen, and Kyle Skipworth each had one hit. The Blue Wahoos collected 14 hits. Five players had multi-hit efforts and seven players scored at least one run for Pensacola. David Vidal finished 3-for-3, drove in a run, and scored twice. Andrew Means went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Ryan LaMarre and Brodie Greene each had two hits and two RBI. Didi Gregorius added a pair of hits to extend his hit streak to eight games. It’s his second streak of at least eight games this season.
The rubber match of the series is Wednesday night with the first pitch scheduled for 8:00 p.m. from Bayfront Stadium in Pensacola. RHP Matthew Neil (0-0, 5.49) will start his fourth game of the season for the Suns. RHP Daniel Corcino (2-3, 3.79) is set to take the mound for the Blue Wahoos.
By Steve Kolbe
By Steve Kolbe
The Jacksonville Suns hammered out a season-high 14 hits, and used a late inning rally for a 9-6 win over the Blue Wahoos in Pensacola on Saturday night. The Suns took sole possession of third place in the South Division with the victory.
The Suns took the lead in the first inning against Blue Wahoos starter Tim Crabbe. Chris Gutierrez walked to start the game for the second straight night, and German Duran doubled off the left field wall to put runners on second and third with no outs. Kyle Jensen then gave the Suns a 1-0 lead with a ground ball to the right side of the infield for his 30th RBI of the season. The Suns improved to 21-5 when scoring the first run of the game. The Blue Wahoos fell to 4-19 when they allow the first run.
German Duran increased the Suns lead in the third inning with his second home run of the season, a solo blast to left field for a 2-0 advantage. Duran finished the game 3-for-5 and a triple shy of the cycle. He drove in two runs and scored three times.
Suns starter Omar Poveda allowed just three hits in the first four innings, but struggled in the fifth with the first five Pensacola batters in the inning reaching base. Pensacola sent 10 men to the plate in the inning and scored six times. Pinch hitter Stephen Hunt singled and Ryan LaMarre walked to start the rally. Didi Gregorius hit a ball sharply to first that went under the glove of German Duran and into right field, with Hunt scoring on the error to put the Blue Wahoos on the board. Brodie Greene gave Pensacola a 3-2 lead when he drove in two runs with a single to center, with LaMarre and Gregorius crossing the plate. David Vidal drove in a run with a single to increase the lead to 4-2. The Blue Wahoos used the suicide squeeze with Josh Fellhauer racing home from third, and a sacrifice fly by Mark Fleury to make the score 6-2. The Suns have allowed six runs in an inning three times this season.
The Suns started their comeback in the seventh when Donnie Webb doubled to lead off the inning. With two outs, German Duran singled to right to drive in his second run of the night to cut the lead to 6-3. Shawn Bowman followed with double, with Duran scrambling all the way from first and it was 6-4 Blue Wahoos.
In the eighth, the Suns put together the big inning against reliever Justin Freeman sending eight men to the plate and scoring four runs on five hits. Bowman drove in two runs with his third double of the game. Webb and Gutierrez each had RBI singles and the Suns grabbed an 8-6 lead.
Jacksonville tacked on one more in the ninth when Jeff Dominguez doubled and scored on Webb’s sacrifice fly. German Duran, Shawn Bowman, and Jake Jefferies each finished with three hits. Bowman’s three doubles tied Jake Smolinski and Paul Gran for the most in a game this season.
The Suns improved to 10-6 against the Blue Wahoos this season. Jacksonville has won five of the six games played at Bay Front Stadium. The Suns have won three of their last four games while the Blue Wahoos have lost three straight and nine of the last 13 games.
By Steve Kolbe
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos jumped out to a big lead over the Jacksonville Suns and held on for a 6-5 win at the Baseball Grounds on Saturday night. The Suns have now lost seven of the last eight home games.
In a rough first inning for Suns starter Graham Taylor, the first three batters of the game for Pensacola had a hit. Ryan LaMarre led off the game with a double, and Didi Gregorius singled to put runners on first and third. Brodie Greene delivered the game’s first run with a single to give Pensacola a 1-0 lead. With one out, David Vidal singled to left field with Gregorius scoring to increase the lead to 2-0. In the inning, the Blue Wahoos had scored two runs on five hits.
The Blue Wahoos doubled their lead in the fifth, when Joel Guzman swung at the first pitch he saw from Taylor and hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-run blast into the right field stands. Guzman has plenty of power, he led all of double-A baseball in 2010 when he hit 33 home runs for the Bowie Baysox. It’s the fourth home run that Graham Taylor has allowed this season.
While his teammates padded the lead, Pensacola starter Kyle Lotzkar cruised through four innings allowing just two singles. He was replaced by reliever Mark Serrano in the fifth inning. The only two Suns players with hits against Lotzkar were Jake Smolinski and Chris Gutierrez. After the game, Gutierrez was promoted to triple-A New Orleans.
Pensacola scored two more runs in the seventh off of reliever Kyle Kaminska to take command of the game. LaMarre once again led off the inning with his second double of the game, and Brodie Greene drove him in to make it 5-0. Joel Guzman then singled to drive in Greene for a 6-0 Pensacola advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Suns came to life against a Pensacola bullpen struggling with control. Paul Gran led off the inning when he was hit in the shoulder by Mark Serrano. Jeff Dominguez singled moving Gran to third, and Dominguez took second on a throw to the infield. Jake Smolinski knocked in the Suns first run with an infield single for his 10th run batted in this season to make it 6-1. With two outs, Kyle Jensen double to left and to drive in two runs with Dominguez and Smolinski scoring to cut the lead in half with the Blue Wahoos in front 6-3.
Reliever Wilkin De La Rose entered the game and struggled to find the plate. He walked three straight batters as Jake Jefferies, Russell Mitchell, and pinch-hitter Curt Smith all were given a free pass. Smith’s walk came with the bases loaded to force in a run, and the Suns trailed 6-4. Paul Gran started the inning when he was hit by a pitch, and at the plate for the second time in the inning he was hit by the first pitch from De La Rosa to force in another run and Jacksonville had cut the Blue Wahoos lead to 6-5. The Suns sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs on just three hits in the inning.
The Suns stranded a season-high 13 runners on base, and twice during the night left the bases loaded. Jacksonville center fielder Ryan Patterson struck out and flied out with the bases loaded and is now 0-for-4 this season with the bases full.
Suns starter Graham Taylor pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs to fall to 2-4. He had allowed a total of four runs in his last two starts. Taylor is 1-3 at the Baseball Grounds this season. Mark Serrano pitched two and a-third innings, allowing one hit and two runs and earned the win to improve his record to 3-0. Donnie Joseph pitched the ninth for his league-leading ninth save of the season. He has closed the door on the Suns in each of the last two games.
With the loss, Jacksonville is now 8-15 at the Baseball Grounds this season. The Suns fell to 3-21 when allowing the first run of the game, and are now 9-9 in games decided by a single run. Jacksonville is 3-10 against team’s from the South Division in the month of May.
The Blue Wahoos collected 13 hits on the night, with eight players recording at least one. Ryan LaMarre finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored two runs. LaMarre is batting .306 on the road this season with 15 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits, and six stolen bases. LaMarre swiped his 12th base of the season on Saturday, and is now seventh in the league in stolen bases. Brodie Greene, Joel Guzman, and David Vidal had two hits apiece. For the Suns, Jeff Dominguez and Jake Smolinski each finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kyle Jensen drove in two runs for the Suns. Paul Gran, Curt Smith, and Jake Smolinski each drove in a run.
The Suns will look to get back on track on Sunday afternoon with new arrival Matt Neil on the mound. The right-hander is schedule to make his first start double-A start. RHP Daniel Corcino (2-2, 3.64) takes the hill for his ninth start of the year for Pensacola. The first pitch from the Baseball Grounds is 3:05PM ET and can be seen on CW-17 in Jacksonville.