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By Steve Kolbe
Suns center fielder Donnie Webb drove in both runs for Jacksovnille in a 2-1 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Wednesday night at Bayfront stadium. The Suns improved to 8-4 in series finales this season.
The Suns started the scoring in the third inning against Pensacola starter Daniel Corcino. Webb led off with a triple, and scored when Chris Gutierrez lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to put the Suns up 1-0. Webb has hit four of his five triples this season against the Blue Wahoos. The Suns are 22-6 when scoring the first run of the game, while the Blue Wahoos dropped to 4-20 when they allow the first strike.
In the fifth inning, Webb connected for his second home run of the season to increase the lead to 2-0. The Suns have hit 13 home runs in the last 22 games. Both of Webb’s round trippers this season have come against Blue Wahoos pitcher Daniel Corcino. Webb finished the series 6-19 and drove in four runs in the five games.
Pensacola scored a run in the eighth inning when Ryan LaMarre came home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Fellhauer to cut the lead to 2-1, but that would be the last run of the night. The Suns improved to 12-8 against the Blue Wahoos this season, and close calls have been the norm between the in-state rivals, with 11 of the 20 meetings decided by only one run.
Jacksonville improved to 17-13 on the road this season, with nine of the wins by just a single run. The Suns moved into sole possession of third place in the South Division, one game ahead of Pensacola. The Suns denied the Blue Whoos their first three-game win streak since they won three in a row against Montgomery in the first series of the season.
The Suns won for just the second time this season when scoring two runs or less (2-23). Their previous win was 2-0 on Opening Night against Huntsville April 5th at the Baseball Grounds.
The center fielders stole the show at the plate. For the Suns, Donnie Webb finished 3-for-4 and scored both runs. For the Blue Wahoos, Ryan LaMarre went 3-for-4 with three singles and scored Pensacola’s lone run. All six of the Blue Wahoos hits in the game were singles.
Suns starter Matthew Neil made his Double-A debut against the Blue Wahoos May 20th, and on Wednesday he earned his first career Double-A win against Pensacola. Neil allowed five singles and struck out a season-high six batters over six innings. Evan Reed closed out the game for his 12th save of the year, and is now tied for the league lead. In his fourth start against Jacksonville this season, Daniel Corcino suffered his third straight loss and fell to 2-4 on the season. He allowed two runs on five hits in five innings of work.
The Suns return home on Thursday to face the top team in the Southern League, with the 37-23 Jackson Generals making their lone visit of the season to the Baseball Grounds.
By Steve Kolbe
A towering three-run home run by Kyle Jensen helped the Jacksonville Suns to a 5-3 win over the Mobile BayBears on Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds. After losing both games of a double header on Tuesday, the Suns have now won two straight to even the series and more importantly gain ground on the BayBears in the South Division.
Mobile took the lead in the third against Suns starter Graham Taylor when Wladimir Sutil led off the inning with his seventh double of the season. After a sacrifice bunt by the pitcher Gaby Hernandez pushed Sutil to third, Alfredo Marte drove him in with a sacrifice fly to put Mobile on top 1-0. Marte is tied for third in the Southern League with 33 RBI.
The Suns drew even in the fifth, when Kyle Skipworth was hit by BayBears pitcher Gaby Hernandez to lead off the inning. Kyle Jensen then hit a ground ball to third baseman Matt Davidson, but instead of starting a double play, the ball rolled under his glove and into left field with Skipworth going all the way to third and Jensen to second. It was the third error committed by Davidson in the last two games. Jeff Dominguez stepped in and sent a sacrifice fly to center for his tenth RBI of the season, with Skipworth scoring to tie the game 1-1.
In the sixth, the Suns broke the game open scoring four runs on four hits against Hernandez. Chris Gutierrez led off with a walk, and was sacrificed to second by Paul Gran. Jake Smolinski scratched out an infield single to put runners on the corners with one out. Shawn Bowman delivered with his 25th RBI of the season, a line drive single to center field with Gutierrez scoring to put the Suns in front 2-1. Kyle Jensen cleared the bases with a manager’s best friend, the three-run home run. Jensen turned on a Hernandez pitch and smashed a mammoth blast that hit the scoreboard in left field to make the score 5-1. Jensen leads the Suns with seven home runs.
Brent Clevlen hit a solo home run off of Taylor in the seventh to cut the Suns lead to 5-2, and Alfredo Marte hit a solo home run off of Evan Reed in the eighth to edge the BayBears closer but that would be all for the Mobile offense. Reed struck out the side in the eighth. The home run by Marte is the first round tripper that Reed has given up this season. Mobile tied the Jackson Generals for the most home runs in the league with 40. The Generals are at the Baseball Grounds next week for a five game series.
Five different players had one hit for the Suns, with Jensen hitting Jacksonville’s second three-run home run in as many days against Mobile. For the BayBears, Matt Davidson finished 2-for-4 with a single and a double. Alfredo Marte hit his 11th home run of the season and drove in two of the BayBears three runs. Marte and Davidson are now tied for the league lead with 11 homers each.
The BayBears have been held to three runs or fewer in seven straight games and eight of their last 10, but have managed to win six times. The Suns have scored at least five runs in two straight games for the first time in 13 games.
After snapping their eight-game losing streak to the BayBears with a 9-0 victory on Wednesday, the Suns have won two straight over Mobile for just second time this season. Jacksonville is now 5-24 when allowing their opponent to score first, while the BayBears fell to 23-8 when taking the lead.
Suns starting pitcher Graham Taylor won for the first time in over a month (April 28th vs. Pensacola) and improved his record to 3-4 with two of the wins against Mobile. He allowed two runs on six hits over his seven innings of work, throwing 77 pitches, 55 for strikes. Against Mobile this season Taylor has allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits over 20.2 innings pitched. Taylor has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his 11 starts. Evan Reed fanned three batters in the eighth inning. A.J. Ramos was overpowering in the ninth, striking out the side for his second save of the season. BayBears starter Gaby Hernandez allowed five runs on five hits, and has now lost his first two starts with the BayBears after signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks two weeks ago.
The series is up for grabs on Friday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05p.m. RHP Matthew Neil (0-0, 8.38) will start his third game for the Suns. LHP Tyler Skaggs (3-3, 2.72) is set to start his tenth game of the season for Mobile.
By Steve Kolbe
By Steve Kolbe
By Steve Kolbe
The Jacksonville Suns spotted the Pensacola Blue Wahoos a 3-0 lead on Sunday afternoon, but rallied for a 4-3 win at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The last three games in the series have all been decided by one run.
By Steve Kolbe
The Jacksonville Suns used the long ball to defeat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the first game of their series 8-5 at the Baseball Grounds on Thursday night.
After a 44 minute rain delay, the Suns jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Pensacola starter J.C. Sulbaran, when Jeff Dominguez singled and scored on a Kyle Skipworth grounder that went under the glove of Blue Wahoos second baseman Brodie Greene. The Suns have scored at least one run in the first inning 12 times in 41 games this season, and have a record of 10-2 when they cross the plate in the first inning.
Jacksonville increased the lead to 2-0 in the second, when Kyle Jensen led off with a walk and scored on a one-out double by Chris Gutierrez. It was the first of two doubles and two runs batted in for Gutierrez, who now has eight doubles this season.
The Blue Wahoos figured out starter Jose Alvarez in the third inning, collecting four hits and scoring two runs to tie the game 2-2. With one out, Didi Gregorius doubled and Brodie Greene singled to put runners on first and third. Joel Guzman and Koyie Hill each drove in a run with and RBI single.
Pensacola added two more runs in the fourth against Alvarez when P.J. Phillips led off the inning with a single, and Andrew Means then doubled to center with Phillips motoring around to increase the Blue Wahoos lead to 3-2. Means would later score on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan LaMarre, and Pensacola had a 4-2 advantage.
For the second straight game the Suns would rally from two runs down for a win. In the bottom of the fourth, Kyle Jensen doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Gutierrez to trim the Blue Wahoos lead to 4-3.
In the fifth inning, Jacksonville took the lead back when Jeff Dominguez and Jake Smolinski walked to start the inning. Kyle Skipworth drove in Dominguez with a ground out, and Ryan Patterson plated Smolinski with a double down the right field line and the Suns were ahead 5-4.
The score stayed that way until the ninth, with Evan Reed trying to preserve the win. With one out, Didi Gregorius singled and stole second base. Reed retired Brodie Greene on a fly out to center, but with two outs Joel Guzman jumped on a 2-0 pitch and doubled to left to drive in Gregorius and tie the game 5-5.
The Blue Wahoos turned the game over to Curtis Partch for the bottom of the ninth. Jake Smolinski led off with a double, and then Skipworth was walked intentionally. Shawn Bowman ended the game with a walk-off three-run home run that sailed into the flag court in left field to give the Suns an 8-5 win. The Suns have now hit a home run in five of the last six games.
The win snapped the Suns five game home losing streak. Jacksonville was outscored 25-3 in a five game sweep by the Mobile BayBears last week.
Chris Gutierrez finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. It was his fifth multi-hit game of the year. Kyle Skipworth drove in two runs to increase his RBI total to 17. The Suns finished with 10 hits in the game, reaching double-digits in hits for the first time in 13 games. Seven of the 10 hits were for extra bases, with six doubles and a home run.
Suns starter Jose Alvarez pitched six innings in his seventh start of the season. He allowed seven hits and four runs, while striking out five and walking just one. Blue Wahoos starter J.C. Sulbaran pitched four innings and allowed four hits and five runs. Evan Reed pitched two innings for the Suns earning the win and is now 2-1 this season. He allowed three hits, struck out three, and gave up the game tying run in the ninth. Curtis Partch didn’t record an out in the ninth and fell to 2-3 on the season.
By Steve Kolbe
The Jacksonville Suns improved to 8-3 on the road this season with a 4-3 win over Birmingham at Regions Park on Monday night.
The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third when Jose Duarte led off the inning by walking on four pitches, and Jake Smolinski tripled to center to drive him in. The Suns now have seven triples this season. In the home half of the inning, Jared Mitchell and Damaso Espino both walked to start the inning against Jacksonville starter Jose Alvarez. That set the table for Drew Garcia, who drove in two runs with a double down the left field line to put the Barons in front 2-1.
Birmingham increased the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Justin Greene singled and later scored of a sacrifice fly by Garcia, who drove in all three runs for the Barons in the game to increase his RBI total to 20 for the year.
The Suns tied the game in the sixth when Paul Gran doubled and Shawn Bowman singled before there was an out in the inning. Russel Mitchell then singled up the middle to drive in Gran and cut the Barons lead to 3-2. Later in the sixth, Curt Smith’s sacrifice fly tied the game 3-3. Mitchell now has five runs batted in with the Suns, and Smith has driven in four runs in the last two games. With Birmingham a Chicago White Sox affiliate, Monday’s game was the first of the season for Jacksonville with the designated hitter and Smith came through.
In the seventh inning, the Suns completed the comeback when Smolinski hit his second triple of the night and came in to score on a Shawn Bowman sacrifice fly to give Jacksonville a 4-3 lead. Bowman leads the team with 14 runs batted in. Smolinski is now five-for-eight in his last two games since returning from an injury.
Jose Alvarez pitched six innings allowing seven hits and three runs to earn his first win of the season. Once again the Suns bullpen was flawless, tossing three innings without allowing a hit. Garrett Parcell pitched the seventh, Josh Schmidt the eighth, and Evan Reed locked down his seventh save by retiring the Barons in order in the ninth. Reed leads the Southern League in saves. Barons starter Jose Quintana pitched six innings and allowed five hits and three runs and didn’t figure in the decision. The losing pitcher was Santos Rodriguez. He dropped to 0-1 as the Barons five game winning streak came to an end.
The Suns improved to 14-1 when they score the first run. It was also the fifth come-from-behind win for Jacksonville this season.
Game two of the series is Tuesday morning at 11:00AM with Bryan Evans (0-2, 5.75) scheduled to make the start for the Suns. Nestor Molina (3-1, 3.56) will take the mound for Birmingham.
By Steve Kolbe
The Jacksonville Suns scored three runs in the first inning Saturday night on the way to a 5-2 win over Pensacola at the Baseball Grounds.
Donnie Webb led off the game by reaching base on an error charged to shortstop Miguel Rojas. It was the 12th time this season that the first batter of the game for the Suns has reached base. Ryan Patterson then singled against Blue Wahoos starter Tim Crabbe, and both he and Webb advanced to second and third with no outs. Shawn Bowman delivered with the runners in scoring position, a double to right field to drive in a pair of runs for a 2-0 Suns lead. Bowman and Kyle Jensen are tied for the team lead with 13 runs batted in. Jacksonville tacked on another run in the first when Russell Mitchell singled to drive in Bowman from second. Mitchell has driven in four runs in his last three games.
Suns starting pitcher Graham Taylor was strong throughout, allowing only four singles through five innings. He was able to keep the Pensacola bats silent, the Blue Wahoos had scored 17 runs on 26 hits in the last two games. In the sixth inning, Pensacola broke through against Taylor when Henry Rodriguez beat out an infield single and Cody Puckett hit his first home run of the season to cut the Suns lead to 3-2. Puckett hit 15 home runs last season with the Carolina Mudcats, which was good for second-most on the team. He hit his first round-tripper this season in his 21st game of the year.
Down by just a run and in search of their third straight win, the Blue Wahoos went to their bullpen in the sixth and seventh innings. Drew Hayes and Wilkin De La Rosa struggled in the seventh allowing two runs, walking three batters, and hitting another.
The Suns sent eight men to the plate in the seventh, and with the bases loaded Kyle Skipworth was hit by a pitch on a full count to force in a run an increase the lead to 4-2. It was Skipworth’s 12th run batted in this season. Jose Duarte, Shawn Bowman, and Russell Mitchell each drew a base on balls in the inning, with Mitchell’s walk forcing in a run to make it 5-2.
Graham Taylor improved his record to 2-1. He pitched six innings allowing six hits and two runs, struck out five and walked only Ryan LaMarre, who was the first batter of the game. In his last two starts, Taylor has allowed eight hits and just two runs in 13 innings of work. Evan Reed earned his league-leading sixth save of the season by pitching two hitless innings and striking out two batters. Tim Crabbe was the losing pitcher and is now 1-1 on the season. He allowed seven hits and those three runs in the first inning, but none after that.
Shawn Bowman finished 2-for-3, drove in two runs, and scored another. Kyle Jensen went 2-for-4 and has had at least one hit in all four games in the series against the Wahoos. Russell Mitchell was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in. The Suns scored in the first inning for the ninth time this season, and are now 12-1 when scoring the game’s first run. With the win the Suns improved to 13-11, and are now 6-8 at home.
The rubber game of the series between the Suns and Blue Wahoos is Sunday afternoon at 3:05 pm. The game will also be televised on CW-17.
By Steve Kolbe
The Suns returned to Jacksonville after winning seven games on their 10-game road trip and picked up right where they left off, downing Pensacola 6-5 at the Baseball Grounds.
Kyle Skipworth put the Suns in front 1-0 in the second inning with a solo home run off of Blue Wahoos starter Pedro Villarreal. Skipworth has hit three of his four round-trippers this season against Pensacola. Curt Smith walked later in the inning and scored when Ryan Patterson doubled to left field to increase the lead to 2-0. On a wild play, Jose Alvarez hit a ball back to the pitcher with Donnie Webb on first. It bounced off of Villarreal, and started a double play in which Webb and Alvarez were both tagged out on a base running miscue. Patterson scored from second on the play to make it 3-0.
In the fourth inning, Kyle Jensen singled with one out and scored on Patterson’s second double of the night for a 4-0 Suns lead. A batter later it was 5-0 when Donnie Webb hit his second triple of the season to drive in Patterson. It was Webb’s third run batted in of the season. Patterson has now driven in six runs on the year.
Suns starting pitcher Jose Alvarez was cruising along into the sixth inning. He had retired 15 straight Pensacola batters after Ryan LaMarre doubled to lead off the game. But in the sixth, the Blue Wahoos were able to get to Alvarez when Brian Peacock led off with a single, and that was followed by a double by Yordanys Perez. A sacrifice fly by LaMarre plated the first of four runs in the inning for the Blue Wahoos and what was a comfortable Suns lead was gone with the score 5-4. Didi Gregorius had a single to drive in a run in the inning, and Henry Rodriguez drove in his 12th run of the season with a double. Gregorius has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
After Garrett Parcell pitched the eighth inning for the Suns, Evan Reed took over in the ninth inning for Jacksonville looking to secure the win for his sixth save of the season. The leadoff man in the inning Cody Puckett popped up into shallow right field and second baseman Dallas Poulk dropped the ball and Puckett ended up on second. It was the Suns third error of the game and a costly one. Two batters later Brian Peacock drove in the game-tying run with a single to even the score 5-5.
In the home half of the ninth, Donnie Webb led off against relief pitcher Justin Freeman with his second triple of the night. After an intentional walk to pinch hitter Paul Gran, Pensacola manager Jim Riggleman brought his center fielder into the infield to give the Blue Wahoos five players in the infield with the game-winning run at third for the Suns with no outs.
What happened next was a moment that could have been taken right from a Hollywood script. Dallas Poulk, who had committed that error earlier, came to the plate with a chance to give the Suns the win. He didn’t disappoint. After falling behind in the count no balls and two strikes, Poulk launched a single into center field to give Jacksonville the walk-off win 6-5. It was one of those moments that can be frozen in time for a player in just his third game with his new team. It was just the third run that the Suns have scored in the ninth inning in 21 games this season.
Jose Alvarez pitched five-and-a-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits and didn’t figure in the decision. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Evan Reed allowed one hit and one unearned run in the ninth to earn his first win of the season. The losing pitcher was Justin Freeman. He entered the game having allowed only two runs this season, but he allowed the game winning run on two hits on Wednesday to fall to 2-2 on the season.
Donnie Webb had a perfect night going 3-for-3 with two triples, a run batted in, and a run scored. Overall this year, the Suns have hit five triples, and Webb has hit all three of his against Pensacola. Ryan Patterson also had a big night at the plate going 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs batted in, and two runs scored. Kyle Jensen finished 2-for-4 and scored a run.
The Suns have won five straight over the Blue Wahoos after dropping the first-ever meeting against their new in-state rival. Five of the first six meetings this season between the two teams have been decided by a single run, with Jacksonville winning four of them. Jacksonville improved to 10-1 when scoring the game’s first run. The Suns have won eight of their last 11 games, while the Blue Wahoos have just three wins in their last 11 contests.
The win, combined with Mobile’s 8-7 loss to Chattanooga in 12 innings, leaves the Suns alone atop the Southern League South Division. With 12 wins in the month, Jacksonville already has more wins in April then in the 2011, when they finished 11-12 in the first month of the season. Game two of the series against Pensacola is Thursday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. In a matchup of right-handers, Bryan Evans takes the mound for the Suns looking for his first win of the season. Tim Gustafson gets the call for the Blue Wahoos.