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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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BayBears Sweep Double Header From Suns

 By Steve Kolbe
 
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.
 

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BayBears Sweep Suns

Suns starter Omar Poveda pitched six innings against the BayBears allowing just one run on two hits and struck out five. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Mobile BayBears defeated the Suns 4-1 on Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to complete a five game sweep and take a five game lead in the South Division. 

The BayBears scored in the fifth inning against Suns starter Omar Poveda when Rossmel Perez led off with a single to center.  David Nick drove in Perez with a single later in the inning to put Mobile on top 1-0.  The BayBears scored the first run in all five games in the series. 

The Suns scored in the seventh off of relief pitcher Yonata Ortega, when Russell Mitchell and Paul Gran both walked and Jake Smolinski drove in Mitchell with a single to center to tie the game 1-1.  The Suns finished with seven hits in the game, all singles.  In the series only three of the Suns 25 hits went for extra bases. 

Mobile took the lead back in the eighth with a two out rally.  After Josh Schmidt retired the first two batters he faced in the inning, Matt Davidson drew a walk.  Brent Clevlen then singled and Marc Krauss was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Schmidt then walked Alfredo Marte on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run and the BayBears led 2-1.  Mobile added two more in the inning when Yazy Arbelo drove in two runs with an infield single to increase the lead to 4-1. 

In the series the Suns went 2-for-25 with runners in scoring position and were outscored by the BayBears 25-3.  Jacksonville has lost a season high five straight games and seven of the last eight. 

The winning pitcher was Taylor Sinclair (1-0).  Evan Marshall earned his second save of the series and seventh of the year.  Josh Schmidt lost his second straight outing to drop to 1-2.  Suns starter Omar Poveda pitched six innings and allowed two hits and one run. 

The Suns begin a five game series in Montgomery on Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05PM ET.

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BayBears Pitching Shuts Down The Suns 2-1

BayBears starter Tyler Skaggs won his first game of the season striking out seven over seven innings against the Suns in a 2-1 win at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

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.
 

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