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Suns Stumble In Late Innings

 

The BayBears scored six times in the final three innings, erasing a 4-0 deficit for a 6-4 win over the Suns at the Baseball Grounds August 11, 2012. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Jacksonville Suns let one slip away on Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds.  After the Suns built a 4-0 lead over the BayBears through six innings, Mobile scored six runs in the final three innings for a 6-5 win.  The loss, combined with the Montgomery Biscuits walk-off win in the ninth inning on Saturday, dropped the Suns back into a first place tie with the Biscuits in the South Division.  Three of the BayBears four wins in August have been at the expense of the Suns.
 
The Suns took the lead in the second inning against BayBears starter Chase Anderson.  After singles by Kyle Skipworth and Ben Lasater, Kyle Jensen launched a three-run home run over the left field fence to put Jacksonville up 3-0.  It was the third home run that Anderson has allowed to the Suns in his last two starts.  Jensen has hit four of his 15 home runs this season against Mobile, and he has three three-run homers on the year, all off of BayBears pitching.  The Suns have hit a total of 16 home runs against the BayBears, second-most against any team (23 against Pensacola). 
 
Jacksonville increased the lead in the home half of the fifth when Chris Gutierrez reached second base on a throwing error by shortstop Chris Owings, and scored on a RBI single by Danny Pertusati to make the score 4-0.  Pertusati has 12 hits and a dozen RBI’s against the BayBears this season in the two series that he has played. 
 
Suns starter Brian Flynn was in line for his third straight win when he left the game in the seventh inning with the bases loaded.  Reliever Mike Ojala entered, and pinch hitter Kyle Greene singled to left field to plate the BayBears first run and make the score 4-1.  Ojala then walked Evan Frey to force in a run and the Suns lead was cut in half at 4-2.  Collin Cargill entered the game and struck out Alfredo Marte with the bases loaded to end the threat. 
 
In the eighth, the BayBears would send eight men to the plate for the second straight inning.  Matt Davidson was hit by Cargill to lead off the inning, and Brent Clevlen walked to put runners on first and second.  With one out, David Nick singled to left with Davidson scoring on the play to trim the Suns lead to 4-3.  Edgar Olmos then entered the game from the busy Suns bullpen on the pitching change, and walked Ed Easley to load the bases for a second straight inning.  Evan Frey then delivered with a single to drive in two runs and hand the BayBears their first lead of the night 5-4.
 
The Suns evened the score in the bottom of the eighth against Mobile closer Evan Marshall.  Kyle Skipworth doubled to lead off the inning, and scored when Ben Lasater singled to left to tie the game 5-5.  It was Marshall’s fifth blown save of the season. 
 
Walks continued to trouble the Suns in the ninth, when Olmos put the leadoff hitter Alfredo Marte aboard with a free pass.  Jordan Conley entered the game for the Suns bullpen with one out in the ninth, and hit Brent Clevlen with a pitch to put runners on first and second.  BayBears first baseman Ryan Strieby had entered the game with just two hits in the series, but his single in the ninth on Saturday drove in Marte from second with the game-winning run in the BayBears 6-5 win.  After collecting just two hits in the first six innings of the game, Mobile scored six times on six hits in the final three frames of the night.
 
The Suns lost for just the third time this season when leading after the seventh inning, with all three defeats at the Baseball Grounds.  The Mississippi Braves scored five runs in the ninth for an 8-5 win July 20th, and the Huntsville Stars plated a pair of runs to slip past the Suns 5-4 April 6th.  Jacksonville lost for the first time this season when leading a game by four or more runs.  The Mobile BayBears have a record of 59-60, with 15 of their wins against the Suns (25-percent).
 
Ben Lasater went 4-for-4 with four singles, and he is 10-for-11 in the series.  Kyle Skipworth and Kyle Jensen each collected two hits.  David Nick finished 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored for Mobile.  Evan Frey drove in three of the BayBears six runs on the night.  Suns pitchers combined to walk six BayBears batters, with three coming around to score.
 
Neither starter figured in the decision.  Suns lefty Brian Flynn allowed two runs on three hits over his six innings.  BayBears starter Chase Anderson allowed four runs on seven hits in his four and two-thirds innings of work.  Edgar Olmos (0-1) was charged with the game-winning run in the loss.  Evan Marshall (6-2) pitched an inning for the win.  Eury De La Rosa earned his third save of the season after nearly allowing a walk-off home run to Jake Smolinski in the bottom of the ninth, but the ball went foul down the left field line.
 
The series finale is set for Sunday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m.   LHP Jose Alvarez (5-6, 3.48) will start his 21st game of the season for the Suns.  LHP David Holmberg (3-4, 3.68) will take the mound for the BayBears.
 
 
 
 

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Suns Even Series With BayBears

 

Danny Pertusati and Kyle Skipworth each hit a home run in the Suns 9-1 win over the Mobile BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium August 1, 2012. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Jacksonville Suns evened their series with the Mobile BayBears at two wins apiece, with a 9-1 win Wednesday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.   The win, combined with Pensacola dropping both games of a doubleheader to Tennessee, has the Suns tied with the Blue Wahoos for second place in the South Division.
 
The Suns took the lead in the top of the second inning against BayBears starter Chase Anderson.  Kyle Skipworth and Kyle Jensen were both hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Jensen was hit on the hand and would later leave the game with Donnie Webb taking his place in the outfield.  With one out in the inning, Danny Pertusati hit his second home run in as many nights to put the Suns up 3-0.  The Suns improved to 41-18 when scoring the first run of the game.  Jacksonville has outscored opponents 114-77 in the first two innings this season.
 
The long ball continued to play a roll for the Suns in the fourth inning, when Kyle Skipworth belted his 14th home run of the season to increase the lead to 4-0.  The Suns have hit nine home runs (against seven different pitchers) in the four games of this series, after hitting just four in the first 15 meetings of the year against the BayBears. 
 
Brent Clevlen accounted for the lone BayBears run with a solo home run in the home half of the fourth inning of off Suns starter Brian Flynn. 
 
With reliever Eric Smith on the mound for the BayBears in the eighth, the Suns batted around to double the lead.  Chris Gutierrez led off with a double, Paul Gran singled, and Kyle Skipworth walked to load the bases.  Donnie Webb cashed in with a double to the gap in left-center, driving in both Gutierrez and Gran to pad the lead to 6-1.  Webb is now 2-for-4 this season with the bases loaded.  Ben Lasater followed with a single to drive in two more runs to make the score 8-1.  The Suns added a run in the ninth when Kyle Skipworth hit a flyball to left field, Wladimir Sutil was unable to make the catch, allowing Gran to score from second base for the 9-1 final.
 
Paul Gran went 2-for-5 and scored two runs.  Ben Lasater  finished with two hits and drove in two runs.  Kyle Skipworth reached base four times and scored three runs.  He hit a home run, was hit by a pitch, walked, and reached on an error.
 
The Suns have won five of their last seven games, and 12 of the last 17.  The BayBears had their first sub-.500 month of the season by finishing 10-18 in July.  Mobile has just three wins in the last 14 games, a stretch that includes a season-high seven game losing streak.  In the series, the BayBears are 7-for-34 with runners in scoring position, and have left the bases loaded four times.
 
Suns lefty Brian Flynn (1-0) allowed one run on three hits over six innings to earn his first win with the Suns.  Two of the three hits he surrendered were infield singles.  Chase Anderson (3-3) gave up four runs on two hits in his five innings of work in the loss.  Anderson, a Southern League All-Star, entered the game with only three home runs allowed in his previous 15 starts, but both of the hits he surrendered to the Suns on Wednesday were home runs.
 
The Suns look to win the series on Thursday with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 PM from Hank Aaron Stadium.  LHP Jose Alvarez (4-5, 3.95) will take the mound for the Suns.  LHP David Holmberg (2-4, 4.63) will start for the BayBears.

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Suns Drop Fourth Straight To BayBears

 

Alfredo Marte hit an opposite-field two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the BayBears a 2-0 win over the Suns. Marte leads the Southern League with eight home runs. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

 

By Steve Kolbe

The Mobile BayBears once again used a strong pitching performance to shutout the Jacksonville Suns 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon, and extend their lead in the South Division to four games. 

The Suns have been outscored 21-2  in the series by the BayBears, and Jacksonville has been shutout twice in the last four games including 11-0 in the series opener.   Mobile hurlers have limited Jacksonville batters to just 18 hits in the four games, with only three of the hits for extra bases with three doubles.  The Suns are 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position during their losing streak.  The BayBears have 33 total hits in the four games, and are 11-for-30 with runners in scoring position.

The afternoon featured a pitching rematch from and an April 23rd game where Graham Taylor and Chase Anderson combined to allow just five hits and no runs in a game the Suns won 7-0.  Again, the starters stole the spotlight on Wednesday. Chase Anderson allowed just four hits in his six innings of work for the BayBears, and Graham Taylor allowed just one single until the seventh inning.  

In the seventh, Marc Krauss led off the inning with a single and then Taylor made his only mistake of the day.  Alfredo Marte swung at the first pitch he saw in the seventh and smashed a two-run home run into the right field stands to give Mobile a 2-0 lead.  It was Marte’s eighth round tripper of the season.  His eight home runs and 25 runs batted in are tied for the most in the Southern League.   

The BayBears have won four straight games for the first time since their first four games of the season.  The Suns have lost four in a row to tie their season high.  The last time Jacksonville dropped four straight was also at the Baseball Grounds April 10-13 against Chattanooga.  

The Suns have been shutout three times this season, all at home.  The BayBears pitching staff has now tossed four shutouts on the year, two against Jacksonville and two against Mississippi.  Jacksonville has lost six of the last seven games to fall to 17-17 on the season.  The Suns have been outscored 41-18 in the seven games.  The BayBears improved to 21-13 and now have the most wins in the league.

Chase Anderson improved his record to 2-0, with both of his wins coming on the road.  Over 13 innings in his two starts against the Suns this season, Anderson has allowed just seven hits and no runs while striking out 17.  Evan Marshall pitched the ninth to earn his second save of the series and sixth of the season.  Graham Taylor pitched six and two-thirds innings and allowed just three hits but falls to 2-3 on the year.  He struck out five and walked only one batter. 

The Suns will look to salvage the final game of the series on Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.  RHP Omar Poveda (3-1, 6.08) will make his sixth start of the season with the first pitch scheduled for 7:35PM.  Poveda allowed 10 hits and seven runs in his last start at Birmingham but earned the win when the Suns exploded for 11 runs.  RHP Brett Lorin (0-2, 3.26) is set to make his third start of the season for the BayBears. 

 

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Suns Top BayBears To Claim First Place

BayBears manager Turner Ward looks on as the Suns score seven runs in the eighth inning in 7-0 win. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

 By Steve Kolbe 

When the day began, Jacksonville and Mobile each had a share of first place in the South Division of the Southern League, by night’s end the Suns were all alone after a 7-0 win at Hank Aaron Stadium.
 
Hits were hard to come by for the first seven innings, with the starting pitchers allowing a combined five hits.  Both Graham Taylor of the Suns and Chase Anderson of the BayBears were in control from the moment they stepped on the mound on Monday night.  Taylor retired the first nine batters he faced in the game, and allowed just two singles in his seven innings.  Anderson was just as tough, surrendering only three singles in his seven innings while striking out 10 Suns batters.
 
Jacksonville broke through in the eighth inning by sending 12 hitters to the plate against relief pitcher Kevin Munson.  After Jose Duarte struck out to lead off the inning, the next six Suns batters would reach base.  Pinch-hitter Donnie Webb walked, Dallas Poulk singled, and Paul Gran was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  With Suns runners all around, Kyle Jensen drove a ball deep into center field for a base-clearing triple to give the Suns a 3-0 lead.  Jensen now has 12 runs batted in this season.  It was Jacksonville’s third triple of the year. 
 
Jensen wasn’t standing around on third for long.  Kyle Skipworth drove him in with a single to make the score 4-0.  Skipworth and Jensen both finished the night 1-for-5.  The rough inning for Mobile pitcher Kevin Munson continued when Curt Smith lined a double into left field, and Skipworth came in to score increasing the lead to 5-0. 
 
The inning wasn’t over.  Chris Gutierrez and Jose Duarte drew walks to load the bases for a second time.  Donnie Webb then walked for the second time in the inning to force in the Suns sixth run.  A batter later, Gutierrez scored on a wild pitch and the Suns had a 7-run inning with seven different players crossing the plate.  Jacksonville scored seven runs on six hits by the time the inning came to an end.  It’s the most runs the Suns have scored in an inning this year.  Their previous big inning was  in the seventh, with five runs against Chattanooga in a 7-6 win April 14th.
 
The shutout was the Suns third of the season.  Jacksonville posted a    2-0 win Opening Night against Huntsville, and a 7-0 win last week in Pensacola.  Three Suns pitchers combined for the three-hitter.  Winning pitcher Graham Taylor is 1-1 on the season.  He allowed just two hits in seven innings, walked three and struck out three.  Kyle Kaminska pitched a perfect eighth, and Garrett Parcell worked the ninth giving up just one hit.  Keith Munson allowed four hits and seven runs in just two-thirds of an inning in the loss and is now 1-2 this season.
 
The Suns 11 wins this month equals their win total from last April, when they finished with an 11-12 record in the first month of the season.  The road trip comes to an end on Tuesday morning when the Suns play the BayBears at 11:35AM at “The Hank”.  Omar Poveda takes the mound for Jacksonville looking to run his record to 3-0.  Lefty Patrick Corbin gets the start for Mobile

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