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.