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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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Suns Comeback Falls Short Against Blue Wahoos

Suns right fielder Kyle Jensen drove in two runs with a double in the seventh inning. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos jumped out to a big lead over the Jacksonville Suns and held on for a 6-5 win at the Baseball Grounds on Saturday night.  The Suns have now lost seven of the last eight home games. 

In a rough first inning for Suns starter Graham Taylor, the first three batters of the game for Pensacola had a hit.  Ryan LaMarre led off the game with a double, and Didi Gregorius singled to put runners on first and third.  Brodie Greene delivered the game’s first run with a single to give Pensacola a 1-0 lead.  With one out, David Vidal singled to left field with Gregorius scoring to increase the lead to 2-0.  In the inning, the Blue Wahoos had scored two runs on five hits. 

The Blue Wahoos doubled their lead in the fifth, when Joel Guzman swung at the first pitch he saw from Taylor and hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-run blast into the right field stands.  Guzman has plenty of power, he led all of double-A baseball in 2010 when he hit 33 home runs for the Bowie Baysox.  It’s the fourth home run that Graham Taylor has allowed this season. 

While his teammates padded the lead, Pensacola starter Kyle Lotzkar cruised through four innings allowing just two singles.  He was replaced by reliever Mark Serrano in the fifth inning.  The only two Suns players with hits against Lotzkar were Jake Smolinski and Chris Gutierrez.  After the game, Gutierrez was promoted to triple-A New Orleans. 

Pensacola scored two more runs in the seventh off of reliever Kyle Kaminska to take command of the game.  LaMarre once again led off the inning with his second double of the game, and Brodie Greene drove him in to make it 5-0.  Joel Guzman then singled to drive in Greene for a 6-0 Pensacola advantage. 

In the bottom of the seventh, the Suns came to life against a Pensacola bullpen struggling with control.  Paul Gran led off the inning when he was hit in the shoulder by Mark Serrano.  Jeff Dominguez singled moving Gran to third, and Dominguez took second on a throw to the infield.  Jake Smolinski knocked in the Suns first run with an infield single for his 10th run batted in this season to make it 6-1.  With two outs, Kyle Jensen double to left and to drive in two runs with Dominguez and Smolinski scoring to cut the lead in half with the Blue Wahoos in front 6-3. 

Reliever Wilkin De La Rose entered the game and struggled to find the plate.  He walked three straight batters as Jake Jefferies, Russell Mitchell, and pinch-hitter Curt Smith all were given a free pass.  Smith’s walk came with the bases loaded to force in a run, and the Suns trailed 6-4.  Paul Gran started the inning when he was hit by a pitch, and at the plate for the second time in the inning he was hit by the first pitch from De La Rosa to force in another run and Jacksonville had cut the Blue Wahoos lead to 6-5.  The Suns sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs on just three hits in the inning.   

The Suns stranded a season-high 13 runners on base, and twice during the night left the bases loaded.  Jacksonville center fielder Ryan Patterson struck out and flied out with the bases loaded and is now 0-for-4 this season with the bases full. 

Suns starter Graham Taylor pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs to fall to 2-4.  He had allowed a total of four runs in his last two starts.  Taylor is 1-3 at the Baseball Grounds this season.  Mark Serrano pitched two and a-third innings, allowing one hit and two runs and earned the win to improve his record to 3-0.  Donnie Joseph pitched the ninth for his league-leading ninth save of the season.  He has closed the door on the Suns in each of the last two games. 

With the loss, Jacksonville is now 8-15 at the Baseball Grounds this season.  The Suns fell to 3-21 when allowing the first run of the game, and are now 9-9 in games decided by a single run.  Jacksonville is 3-10 against team’s from the South Division in the month of May. 

The Blue Wahoos collected 13 hits on the night, with eight players recording at least one.  Ryan LaMarre finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored two runs.  LaMarre is batting .306 on the road this season with 15 runs scored,  10 extra-base hits, and six stolen bases.  LaMarre swiped his 12th base of the season on Saturday, and is now seventh in the league in stolen bases.  Brodie Greene, Joel Guzman, and David Vidal had two hits apiece.  For the Suns, Jeff Dominguez and Jake Smolinski each finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Kyle Jensen drove in two runs for the Suns.  Paul Gran, Curt Smith, and Jake Smolinski each drove in a run. 

The Suns will look to get back on track on Sunday afternoon with new arrival Matt Neil on the mound.  The right-hander is schedule to make his first start double-A start.  RHP Daniel Corcino (2-2, 3.64) takes the hill for his ninth start of the year for Pensacola. The first pitch from the Baseball Grounds is 3:05PM ET and can be seen on CW-17 in Jacksonville.

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Biscuits Walk-Off With 3-2 Win

Biscuits starter Shane Dyer allowed just one hit over seven innings against the Suns at Riverwalk Stadium. Photo Courtesy: Montgomery Biscuits

By Steve Kolbe

 
The Montgomery Biscuits edged the Jacksonville Suns 3-2 in walk-off fashion at Riverwalk Stadium on Monday night.
 
The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off of Biscuits starting pitcher Shane Dyer when Kyle Jensen hit a solo home run over the left field wall.  Jensen is tied for the team lead with five home runs this season, and he has hit the Suns last three round-trippers.  That pitch to Jensen was the only mistake that Dyer would make in the game.  He pitched seven innings allowing just that one hit.
 
Montgomery took the lead in the bottom half of the fourth against Suns left-hander Graham Taylor when Omar Luna led off the inning with a bunt single, and Kyeong Kang followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs.  An error cost the Suns three runs in their 7-1 loss on Sunday night, and once again a miscue opened the door for Montgomery.  Michael Sheridan hit a line drive to second, but the ball went under Paul Gran’s glove for an error with both Luna and Kang scoring on the play to put the Biscuits in front 2-1.
 
After cruising through seven innings with a one-hitter, Shane Dyer turned the game over to Biscuits closer Adam Liberatore.  In the ninth inning pinch-hitter Ryan Patterson and Jake Smolinski both singled to left, and for the second time in the series Liberatore was on the ropes in the ninth.  This time he didn’t escape, with Kyle Skipworth hitting a ground ball to first baseman Michael Sheridan, who threw the ball into left field trying to start a double play.  On the error, Patterson scored all the way from second base and the game was tied 2-2.
 
In the home half of the ninth, Sheridan put the error he committed behind him by leading off the inning with a single off of Suns reliever Kyle Kaminska.  A sacrifice bunt by Greg Sexton then moved Sheridan to second base.  After an intentional walk to Brad Coon and a walk on for pitches by Mark Thomas the bases were loaded for one of the top prospects in the Rays system and all of minor league baseball.  And Hak-Ju Lee didn’t disappoint the home crowd, swinging at the first pitch he saw from Kaminska in the ninth and driving it into center field for the walk-off single to give the Biscuits a 3-2 win.  The winning run was scored by Sheridan, who had committed the error that allowed the Suns to tie the game in the top of the inning.
 
Both starters pitched seven innings and didn’t figure in the decision.  Graham Taylor allowed seven hits and two runs(one earned)while walking only one batter.  Shane Dyer allowed just one hit, struck out a season-high five batters and walked one.  Dyer entered the game with a 2.18 ERA, fifth-best in the Southern League.  Montgomery improve to 15-0 when leading a game heading into the ninth inning.
 
Adam Liberatore pitched the final two innings earning the win to improve to 3-2.  He also has a save in the series.  Kyle Kaminska lost a game for the first time since April 11th.  He pitched the eighth and ninth for the Suns, allowing three hits and the game winning run.  
   
Hak-Ju Lee finished 3-for-5 with three singles and now leads the league with 158 plate appearances.  Lee had just two hits in his last 15 at-bats entering the game.  Omar Luna and Michael Sheridan each collected two of the Biscuits 10 hits in the game.  
 
The Suns have dropped eight of their last nine games, and in the last two games against the Biscuits have just seven hits.  Jacksonville lost for just the second time this season when scoring first (15-2).
 
The Suns will send RHP Omar Poveda (3-1, 6.08) to the mound for the series finale on Tuesday morning.  The Biscuits turn to LHP Kyle Lobstein (2-2, 6.32) with the first pitch scheduled for 11:35PM ET from Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Suns Work Extra For Win Over Barons

Suns left fielder Jake Smolinski slides in safely for one of his three doubles at Regions Park against the Barons. Smolinski finished the day 4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored. Photo Courtesy: Birmingham Barons

By Steve Kolbe

The Jacksonville Suns won their second straight game over the Barons with an 8-6 victory in 12 innings on Wednesday afternoon.  The Suns are a season-high five games over .500 with a record of 16-11, and have sole possession of first place in the South Division.  

Birmingham scored the first run of the day in the third inning, when Tyler Saladino walked and scored on a single by Drew Garcia to give the Barons a 1-0 lead.  Garcia increased his hitting streak to six games and at that point had driven in all four Birmingham runs in the series.
 
Before back-to-back losses to the Suns, the Barons had won five straight after their series sweep over Montgomery.  The Barons outscored the Biscuits 39-17 in the process.  Birmingham lost for just the second time this season when scoring at least six runs in a game.  The Suns won for just the third time when allowing the game’s first run.
 
Birmingham starter Nestor Molina entered the game in search of his fourth straight win, and pitched into the fifth before the Suns were able to get to him.  Three straight singles by Donnie Webb, Jake Smolinski, and Dallas Poulk put Jacksonville on the scoreboard in the fifth.  Poulk’s base hit to center field drove in Webb to tie the game 1-1.  Poulk and Smolinski would later score when Kyle Jensen doubled to left.  Jensen now has 15 runs batted in for the season.
 
The Barons sent eight batters to the plate and scored three times in the sixth inning, when Suns starting pitcher Bryan Evans was a little wild.  Saladino walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and crossed the plate later in the inning on a wild pitch to cut the Suns lead to 3-2.  Wade Korpi entered the game in relief, and with the bases loaded Jose Martinez came through with a single to left field driving in two runs and giving the Barons in front 4-3.  Martinez now has a five-game hitting streak.
 
No lead was safe throughout the day, and in the seventh inning the Suns tied the game 4-4 off of Barons reliever  Nevin Griffith.  Jake Smolinski drew a leadoff walk and scored on Shawn Bowman’s single to right.  Bowman has 14 runs batted in this season.  Jacksonville took a 5-4 lead in the eighth when Kyle Jensen singled to center to lead off the inning.  Ryan Patterson entered the game as a pinch runner and went to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored when Curt Smith sent a fly ball to center.  Smith has driven in six runs in the last three games.
 
A.J. Ramos entered the game in the eighth inning, but couldn’t hold the one-run lead.  Andy Wilkins hit a solo home run to right field to tie the game 5-5.  It was his fourth round-tripper of the season.  Ramos had given up just one single to the first 40 batters that he had faced this season.  He allowed two hits and one run in his two innings of work on Wednesday against Birmingham.

In the 12th inning, Ryan Patterson led off with a walk.  Curt Smith then drove in his second run of the day with a double to center with Patterson scoring to give the Suns a 6-5 advantage.  Donnie Webb drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt to increase the lead to 7-5, and Jake Smolinski plated a run in the inning with his third double of the game.  The Suns improved to 2-0 in extra inning games this season.  During the 2011 campaign, the Suns led the Southern League with 10 extra inning wins.

Overall, seven of Jacksonville’s 13 hits were doubles.  Jake Smolinksi finsihed 4-for-6 with three doubles, two runs scored, and a run batted in.  Dallas Poulk wednt 3-for-7 with two doubles and scored a run.  Kyle Jensen and Curt Smith each had two hits and two runs batted in.  It’s the second time this season that Smolinski has had three doubles in a game to come within one of tying the Southern League record for most doubles in a single game.  He had three doubles against Huntsville April 7th.

Suns starter Bryan Evans pitched five-and-a-third innings, allowing two hits and three runs(two earned).  Kyle Kaminska was the winning pitcher to improve his record to 4-1.  He tossed two innings, allowing just two hits and struck out two.   Evan Reed pitched the 12th inning to notch his league-leading eighth save of the season.  Six Suns pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 17 Birmingham hitters. 

The Suns will look to continue their winning ways on Thursday night with RHP Zach Neal (2-2, 2.16) on the mound.  Neal’s 2.16 ERA has him among the league leaders.   LHP Pedro Hernandez (2-1, 3.24) is scheduled to start for the Barons.

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Suns Blank Blue Wahoos In Matinee

Three Suns pitchers combine for a 4-0 shutout over Pensacola in the series finale as Jacksonville takes three of five from Pensacola. Photo Courtesy: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

 
 
By Steve Kolbe
 
The Jacksonville Suns shut out the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4-0 on Sunday afternoon, and in the process improved to 14-11 to pull even with Mobile for first place in the South Division.  The Suns ended April the same way they started it, with a shutout win at home.  On Opening Day some 25 days ago, the Suns blanked Huntsville 2-0 behind the pitching of Joey O’Gara.
 
The starting pitcher for the Suns in the series finale against the Blue Wahoos was a mystery earlier in the week with the fifth starter’s spot vacant due to the suspension of Omar Poveda.  Jacksonville gave the ball to Bobby Bramhall on Sunday, and it was the right decision.  Bramhall was brilliant in his first start, pitching four innings and allowing just two singles while striking out three Wahoos batters.  Bramhall had appeared in four games this season all in relief, and Including Sunday he’s allowed just one run in just over 14 innings of work.  Bramhall didn’t figure in the decision, but he set the tone for the day.
 
In the fourth, the Suns broke the ice against Pensacola starter J.C. Sulbaran when Shawn Bowman doubled to lead off the inning.  Taylor Krick followed with a single to put runners on the corners with no one out.  Curt Smith drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field, with Bowman tagging from third and crashing into Blue Wahoos catcher Brian Peacock who tried to block the plate on the play.  The throw beat Bowman, but Peacock dropped the ball as he fell to the ground and the Suns led 1-0.  Smith drove in a season-high three runs on the day.  With two outs in the fourth, Chris Gutierrez drove in his sixth run of the season with a single to center, with Krick scoring from second to increase the Suns lead to 2-0.
 
The Suns scored again in the fifth inning to make the score 3-0, when Smith walked with the bases loaded to force in Donnie Webb, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  The base on balls to Smith would be Sulbaran’s last batter of the day. 
 
In the seventh, Jacksonville loaded the bases for the second time of the afternoon when Jake Smolinski singled, Shawn Bowman doubled, and Taylor Krick was hit up high by a pitch from reliever Mark Serrano.  Once again, Smith plated a run with a sacrifice fly and the Suns were cruising along with a 4-0 advantage. 
 
Curt Smith finished 1-for-1 with a walk and drove in three of the four Jacksonville runs.  He came to the plate with six runners in scoring position during the game, and cashed in a run every time.  Jake Smolinski returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with an injury and reached base all four of his trips to the plate.  He singled three times and scored a run.   Shawn Bowman went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and scored a run.  Bowman has four doubles this season after having seven all of last year.
 
Jacksonville has won seven of the first 10 games from their in-state rivals, and improved to 10-5 against division opponents overall.  The Suns record when scoring the game’s first run improved to 13-1, with their only loss coming to Chattanooga April 11th.
 
Three Suns pitchers combined for the shutout.  Pensacola finished with five singles and a double.  Bramhall tossed four innings and allowed two hits.  Kyle Kaminska earned the win to improve to 3-1 on the season.  He pitched three innings allowing four hits and struck out four.  A.J. Ramos continued his early season dominance, pitching the eighth and ninth without surrendering a hit.  This season Ramos has faced 40 batters in 13 innings of work and allowed just one hit.  The losing pitcher was J.C. Sulbaran.  He pitched seven innings and allowed three runs to drop to 1-3 on the season. 
 
With four shutouts this season, the Suns are just three away from their total during the 2011 campaign.  In the four shutouts, Jacksonville pitchers have allowed a total of 19 hits.
 
A travel day on Monday for the Suns, who begin a five game series in Birmingham on Tuesday.  The Suns have won seven of their first 10 road games of the season.  Both teams will start the series with a record of 14-11.  Jacksonville will run into a team riding a hot streak.  This week the Barons completed a sweep of a five game series against Montgomery, outscoring the Biscuits 39-17 along the way.

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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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