By Steve Kolbe
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By Steve Kolbe
In a game that featured five home runs, the Suns jumped out to a big lead and hung on to win their season-high third straight game, an 8-7 victory over Pensacola on Wednesday night.
In the second inning, Kyle Jensen put Jacksonville on top 1-0 with his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right field off of Blue Wahoos starter Tim Crabbe. After Chris Gutierrez and Donnie Webb drew walks in the inning, Paul Gran jumped on the first pitch he saw from Crabbe and drove in two runs with a double to left and the Suns led 3-0. Gran finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and drove in two runs.
Kyle Skipworth increased the lead to 4-0 in the third with the Suns second solo home run in as many innings. Skipworth has now hit safely in his last four games in the starting lineup. It was his second home run of the season.
Suns starting pitcher Graham Taylor was cruising along in his third start of the season. Through the first four innings, he allowed just three hits and the Blue Wahoos had stranded six runners on base. In the fifth inning, the Pensacola bats came to life. After a single by Didi Gregorius and a double by Henry Rodriguez, Brodie Greene hit a three-run home run to left-center to cut the Suns lead to 4-3. Greene double his RBI total with one swing of the bat. Since scoring four runs in the first inning in the second game of the series, the Blue Wahoos had gone 24 innings without scoring run before Greene’s homer.
Jacksonville padded the lead in the top of the sixth, when Kyle Jensen walked to lead off the inning and Curt Smith followed with a double. Gutierrez drove in the first of his two runs in the game with a single to center to make the score 5-3 Suns. A batter later, Donnie Webb’s sacrifice fly drove in Smith to make it 6-3.
Pensacola scored three more runs in the seventh off of Suns reliever Garrett Parcell. Ryan LaMarre led off the inning with a solo home run, and Joel Guzman hit a two-run blast and the game was tied 6-6. It’s the second time this season that the Suns have surrendered three home runs in a game.
The Suns took the lead for good in the eighth inning off losing pitcher Drew Hayes, when Jensen led off again with a walk and Gutierrez drove him in with a double down the right field line. One batter later, pinch-hitter Jose Duarte drove in Gutierrez with a line drive single up the middle and Jacksonville led 8-6. Gutierrez finished 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Jensen walked twice and scored both times to go along with his home run. In the game, half of the Suns eight runs were scored by players that reached base with a walk. Six different Suns player drove in a run.
In the ninth, Pensacola collected three hits and scored a run but left the tying run on base when Evan Reed struck out pinch-hitter Mark Fleury.
For Pensacola, Didi Gregorius was 4-for-5 to increase his hitting streak to seven games. He also scored three of the Wahoos six runs. The trio of Joel Guzman, Ryan LaMarre, and Brodie Greene each finished with two hits and combined to drive in all seven Pensacola runs.
Suns starter Graham Taylor pitched five innings, allowing six hits and three runs and didn’t figure in the decision. Garrett Parcell went one-and-a-third innings, allowing four hits and three runs. Josh Schmidt retired the only two hitters he faced in the seventh inning to earn his first win on the season. Evan Reed pitched the eighth and ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The Suns are 7-1 when they score the game’s first run, 0-7 when they don’t. In the first four games of the series the Suns have a total of 30 hits and have scored 21 runs. Jacksonville has hit five home runs in the last four games with four of them solo shots.
The series finale is Thursday with the first pitch scheduled for 8:00PM eastern time. It’s a matchup of right handers with Omar Poveda back on the mound for Jacksonville looking for his second win of the season. He left his last start after being hit in the ankle with a line drive. J.C. Sulbaran gets the call for the Blue Wahoos.
By Steve Kolbe
By Steve Kolbe
The Suns finished their season-opening series against the Stars with a 7-4 win on Monday afternoon to improve to 3-2 on the season.
The Suns began the scoring in the third inning off of Stars starter R.J. Seidel, when Paul Gran singled and pitcher Omar Poveda walked. Jeff Dominguez then hit a three-run home run into the right field seats to give Jacksonville a 3-0 lead for the second time in as many days. It was the first hit of the season for Dominguez, and the Suns second three-run blast of the year.
In the fifth inning, Jake Smolinski scratched out an infield hit and Kyle Jensen drew a walk. Smolinksi would score on a Kyle Skipworth sacrifice fly and Jensen would cross the plate on a pass ball to increase the Suns lead to 5-0. Smolinski finished the day 0-for-5 with a run scored. Jensen went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
The stars would get on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, scoring twice to cut the Jacksonville lead to 5-2. The Stars collected four hits in the inning, with Anderson De La Rosa and Lee Haydel each scoring a run. De La Rosa and Haydel combined for six of the 14 hits by the Stars in the game. Kentrail Davis, Jeff Bianchi, and Scooter Gennett had two hits apiece. Huntsville put at least one runner on base in every inning except the eighth.
The Stars drew even closer in the seventh. Hunter Davis reached base on an error and was driven in by De La Rose with an RBI single. Haydel then tripled into the right field corner to push De La Rosa across to make it a one-run game at 5-4.
But that was as close as Huntsville would get. Reliever Evan Reed entered and made sure there wouldn’t be another comeback by tossing two solid hitless innings for the Suns. Jacksonville added a run in the seventh on an Skipworth single that drove in Shawn Bowman, and another run in the eighth when Curt Smith hit a solo home run to left. It was Jacksonville’s fifth home run in five games to start the season.
The two teams combined for 24 hits in the game, and over the last two games there have been a total of 39 hits. Eight different Suns players had at least one hit in Monday’s game.
The winning pitcher was Omar Poveda. In his first start of the season he pitched five and two-thirds innings allowing 10 hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked only one. Last season Poveda struck out 116 batters in his 27 starts. Even Reed earned his first save of the year.
The Suns begin a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Tuesday April 10th, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05PM. Joey O’Gara looks to make his second start of the season for the Suns when they take on the Lookouts. O’Gara allowed only three hits and no runs to earn the win in the season opener against Huntsville.