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The Suns Win A Close Affair; Share First Place

Jacksonville back on track with a 4-3 victory at Hank Aaron Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

By Steve Kolbe

 
A day after the Suns had their five-game winning streak come to an end, a fast start on Sunday afternoon propelled Jacksonville to a 4-3 win in Mobile.  The Suns and BayBears are once again tied for first place in the South Division of the Southern League with identical 10-8 records.
 
Paul Gran tripled off of starting pitcher Derek Eitel to start the game.   It was the second triple of the season for the Suns.  After Ryan Patterson walked, Curt Smith drove in the first run of the game when BayBears third baseman Matt Davidson committed an error allowing Gran to score for a 1-0 Suns lead, with Patterson advancing to third on the miscue.  Kyle Jensen followed with a sacrifice fly to right for his eighth RBI of the season, and Jacksonville led 2-0.  Mobile has been outscored in the first inning this season 14-3. 
 
The BayBears have committed five errors in the series and 23 total in the season’s first 18 games.  During the 2012 season, Mobile had the fewest errors in the league with only 98.
 
Mobile cut the lead in half in the second inning against Suns starter Zach Neal when they loaded the bases with no outs.  BayBears catcher Rossmel Perez grounded into a double play with Brent Clevlen scoring from third to make it 2-1.  It could have been worse, but Neal was able to limit the damage and avoid the big inning. 
 
Jacksonville scored in the third inning, when Curt Smith made it to first safely to avoid hitting into a double play.  Jensen then drove in his second run of the game with a double to left field to increase the Suns lead to 3-1.
 
Mobile cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Marc Krauss walked to start the inning, and scored when Archie Gilbert doubled into left-center to drive in his first run of the season.  Krauss reached base in all four of his trips to the plate during the afternoon, finishing with a single and three walks.
 
The Suns scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth when Jake Jefferies and Chris Gutierrez singled, and Donnie Webb reached base on an error.  With the bases loaded and no outs, pitcher Zach Neal grounded into a double play, with Jefferies scoring to make the score 4-2 Jacksonville.
 
Reliever Josh Schmidt took over for Neal and pitched the seventh.  The BayBears scored their final run of the game in the inning when Gilbert singled, and then stole both second and third.  He now has six stolen bases this season after swiping 26 last year.  Gilbert scored from third on a ground out by Raoul Torrez and Mobile trailed 4-3, but that’s as close as they would get. 
 
Evan Reed pitched the last two innings to earn his fifth save of the season.  He allowed one hit and struck out two.  Mobile did get the tying run aboard in the bottom of the ninth, when Archie Gilbert singled for his third hit of the game.  Knowing that Gilbert already had two stolen bases and that he wanted to get in scoring position, Reed tossed numerous times over to first in an attempt to keep the speedster close.  Reed finally caught Gilbert leaning the wrong way, and picked him off to end the game and give the Suns the 4-3 win.  It was the third base runner that Suns hurlers have picked off on the road trip.  Omar Poveda and Wade Korpi each had a pick off against Pensacola, with Korpi’s coming in the bottom of the twelfth in a game the Suns won in the very next inning.
 
Zach Neal improved his record to 2-1, pitching six innings and allowing six hits and two runs.  He’s allowed only three runs in his first three starts of the season.  Schmidt pitched the seventh, allowing a hit and a run.  Since letting a ninth inning lead slip away in a loss to Huntsville, Reed has now converted his last four save opportunities.
 
Paul Gran finished 1-for-3, scored a run, and stole a base.  Chris Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.  Curt Smith drove in his sixth run of the season.  The Suns are now 8-1 when they score the first run of the game, the BayBears are 0-5 when they give up the game’s first run.
 
The Suns have won six of the first eight games on the season’s first road trip, and five of those wins have been by a single run.  Game four of the series in Mobile is Monday night at 7:05PM with Graham Taylor scheduled to make his fourth start of the season.  The BayBears counter with Chase Anderson, who will be making just his second start at the double-A level.

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Suns Hang On For Win In Pensacola

Blue Wahoos shortstop DiDi Gregorius extends hit streak to seven games in loss to the Suns. Photo Courtesy: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

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.

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Suns Edge Lookouts 7-6 In Series Finale

Suns catcher Kyle Skipworth greeted after his first home run of the season. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Jacksonville Suns used a five run seventh inning to get past Chattanooga 7-6 in the final game of their season-opening 10 game home stand.
 
The Suns started quickly when Jake Smolinski led off the game with a double into the left field corner.  He swung at the first pitch from Lookouts starter Nathan Eovaldi, who has the best fastball in the Dodgers organization.  Smolinski scored the game’s first run on a ground out by Kyle Jensen and the Suns led 1-0.  It was the third time in the series that the Suns scored the first run.
 
The Lookouts took the lead in the top of the third when Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit his first home run of the season off of Suns starter Omar Poveda.  A two-run blast into the flag court to give Chattanooga a 2-1 lead.  Kyle Skipworth tied the score in the home half of the fourth when he hit his first home run of the season.  A blast that landed in the last row of seats in the right field stands.  Skipworth had 11 home runs last season.
 
With the score tied 2-2, Cavazos-Galvez came through again for the Lookouts, this time an RBI double in the fifth to put Chattanooga back in front.  It was his first double of the season.  Cavasoz-Galvez continued his big night in the seventh when he hit his second home run of the game to increase the Lookouts lead to 4-2. 
He finished the night 4-for-5 with four runs batted in and scored three runs. 
 
In the seventh inning, the Suns took the lead for good when relief pitcher Luis Vasquez gave up six hits and five runs.  The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Shawn Bowman, a bases-clearing double that plated three runs.  Kyle Skipworth and Curt Smith also chipped in with RBI singles.
 
The Lookouts scored single runs in both the seventh and ninth innings, but left the bases loaded in the ninth when Suns closer Evan Reed retired Luis Nunez on a ground out.  The winning pitcher was Kyle Kaminska.  He went four innings, allowing five hits and two runs.  Reed earned his third save of the season.
 
The Suns travel to Pensacola starting Sunday to face the Blue Wahoos in a five game series in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.  It marks the first road trip of the season for Jacksonville.  During the 2011 season, the Suns won 36 games on the road, fourth-most in the Southern League.

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Suns Take Series Finale 7-4 Over The Stars

Suns pitcher Omar Poveda earns the win over the Huntsville Stars. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

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.

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