By Steve Kolbe
By Steve Kolbe
By Steve Kolbe
The Mobile BayBears increased their lead in the South Division over Jacksonville to three games with a 6-1 win on Tuesday night. Mobile has won the first three games of the series, outscoring the Suns 19-2.
The BayBears started quickly against Suns pitcher Zach Neal sending nine men to the plate in the first inning. The first four batters of the game singled to put Mobile in front 2-0. Brent Clevlen and Marc Krauss each drove in a run. Before the inning was over Alfredo Marte had driven in a run with a single, and Wladimir Sutil knocked in a run with a double for a 4-0 BayBears lead. It was the second time this season that the Suns allowed four runs in the first inning.
In the second inning, David Nick led off with a single and Clevlen drove in his second run of the night with a ground out to make the score 5-0 BayBears. Zach Neal allowed five runs on seven hits in two innings on the night. The BayBears are the second team in the Southern League to reach 20 wins.
The Suns scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning when Kyle Skipworth walked with one out and Kyle Jensen doubled behind him. Dallas Poulk then drove in his second run of the year with a sacrifice fly to center.
Mobile added a run in the sixth inning when Sutil tripled to left and came in to score on a Rossmel Perez sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-1. Wladimir Sutil finished the game 3-for-4, drove in a run and also scored. All three of his hits were for extra bases with two doubles and a triple. David Nick, Kyle Greene, and Marc Krauss each finished with two hits, and Brent Clevlen drove in two of the six runs for Mobile. Krauss, who was named the Southern League player of the week, has now hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games.
Derek Eitel improved his record to 3-2 with the win. He pitched six innings allowing five hits and one run. It was the first earned run that a BayBears starting pitcher has allowed in three games in this series. In the first eight games of the season series against Mobile, the Suns have scored just nine runs against BayBears starting pitchers. Suns starter Zach Neal pitched two innings, allowing seven hits and five runs to fall to 2-4.
The BayBears have won nine of their last 12 games and scored at least six runs in six of the wins. The Suns have lost five of their last six and have been outscored 32-18.
Game four of the series is Wednesday afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05PM at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. LHP Graham Taylor (2-2, 5.23) will make his seventh start of the season for the Suns. The BayBears counter with RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 2.63) as he starts his fifth game of the year.
By Steve Kolbe
The Jacksonville Suns five-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday night with an 8-1 loss to Mobile at Hank Aaron Stadium. The BayBears became the first team in the South Division to reach 10 wins this season, and once again are alone in first place with a record of 10-7.
BayBears starter Trevor Bauer entered the game with a league-best 3-0 record and a 0.57 earned run average. Suns starter Bryan Evans came into the game looking for his first win of the year. Bauer, the third overall draft pick in 2011, was sharp throughout the game. And with his fastball reaching 97 miles per hour, he allowed only four hits in his seven innings of work. Evans matched Bauer pitch-for-pitch throughout the night, including getting the BayBears to hit into three double plays. Evans held Mobile hitless through the first five innings.
In was in the sixth inning that the BayBears finally broke though against Evans. Leadoff hitter Trevor Bauer drew a walk on four pitches. It was the fourth time in the game that Evans walked the leadoff batter in an inning, and this time he couldn’t pitch his way out. After Bauer advanced to second on a wild pitch, he then scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Wladimir Sutil to make it 1-0. Mobile scored four runs in the inning, with the big hit coming of the bat of the Southern League’s top hitter Matt Davidson, who blasted a two-run homer to left-center field. By the end of the inning Mobile had collected four hits and scored four runs.
Suns reliever Chris Squires took over for Evans in the sixth, and in his one-and-a-third innings of work allowed two runs on four hits. The BayBears tacked on two more runs in the seventh, when the first four batters in the inning reached base. Catcher Rossmel Perez led off the inning with his second double of the season. Pinch hitter Kyle Greene walked, and Raoul Torrez singled to load the bases. Wladimir Sutil then drove in his second run in as many innings to increase the lead to 5-0. Brent Clevlen added a run by lifting a sacrifice fly to center, and the Suns trailed 6-0.
It was more of the same in the home half of the eighth for Mobile hitters, when Alfredo Marte singled off of Suns lefty Wade Korpi to lead off the inning. That brought Marc Krauss to the plate, and after hitting a long foul ball to right he straightened a pitch out and hit a two-run home run over the right field fence for an 8-0 BayBears lead. The runs were the first that Korpi has allowed in his last three appearances.
Trevor Bauer improved to 4-0 with the win. He pitched seven innings and scattered four hits while striking out eight and walking only two. The only Suns batter to reach second base was Ryan Patterson, who doubled in the seventh. In the game, Jacksonville had just four runners in scoring position. Bryan Evans pitched five-and-a-third innings and lost his first game of the season (0-1). The BayBears nine hits and their eight runs all came from the sixth inning on. The Suns were limited to just four hits in the game, and scored their only run in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Patterson. It was the first run that Jacksonville has scored in the ninth inning this season.
Game three of the series is 2:05PM on Sunday afternoon with Zach Neal scheduled to make the start for the Suns. He’s 1-1 with a 0.69 ERA in his two starts this season. Neal has allowed only one run in his 13 innings pitched. Charles Brewer takes the hill for the BayBears looking for his first win of the year. Brewer has already allowed two home runs in his first three starts this year, after giving up just two home runs all of last season.