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Suns Rally In Ninth For 5-4 Win

The Suns rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Biscuits 5-4 in the series finale at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Suns rallied in the ninth inning for a 5-4 win over the Biscuits on Tuesday afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium.  Jacksonville scored four times in the final two innings to overcome a 3-1 deficit.

The Suns took the lead in the top of the first inning when Ryan Patterson homered to left to put Jacksonville in front 1-0.  All three of Patterson’s home runs this season have been solo blasts.  The Suns have scored in the first inning in 11 of their 40 games this season with a 9-2 record in those games.

The Suns have scored first in three of the last four games, and improved to 16-2 when scoring the game’s first run.  Montgomery is now 6-17 when allowing the first run of the game.

Montgomery tied the game 1-1 in the fourth inning against Suns starter Omar Poveda when Tyler Bortnick hit his first home run of the season, a no-doubt shot to left field.  The Biscuits have hit 23 home runs this season.

In the sixth inning, the Biscuits took the lead when Hak-Ju Lee led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, and stole third.  The Biscuits lead the league with 54 stolen bases.  Lee scored when Omar Luna grounded out to short to put Montgomery in front 2-1.  After Kyeong Kang tripled to deep center field, Bortnick continued his big day at the plate when he singled to drive in Kang to make the score 3-1.  The Biscuits lead the league with 22 triples this season.

Both starters departed after pitching six innings.  Biscuits lefty Kyle Lobstein allowed three hits and one run.  For the Suns, Omar Poveda allowed five hits and three runs.  In the series, the Suns collected just 11 hits and scored just five runs against the Biscuits starting pitchers, but scored nine runs against the Biscuits bullpen.

The Suns started their late inning comeback in the eighth off of reliever Frank De Los Santos.  Curt Smith hit his eighth double of the season to lead off the inning, and scored on Jake Smolinski’s single to right field to cut the lead to 3-2.  Smolinski is 9-for-21 this season with runners in scoring position.

In the top of the ninth inning, the Suns completed the comeback with catcher Jake Jefferies coming through against his former team.  With relief pitcher Kirby Yates trying to protect the lead, Russell Mitchell drew a one out walk and Jeff Dominguez singled behind him.  That set the stage for Jefferies, who hit a towering three-run home run to right field to put the Suns in front 5-3.  Jefferies is 2-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored since returning to Jacksonville from New Orleans.

Kyeong Kang led off the bottom of the ninth with a double off of Suns reliever A.J. Ramos, and scored for the the second time in the game when Michael Sheridan singled to center field to cut the Suns lead to 5-4.  With a runner on first, David Wendt’s blast to left was hauled in by Jake Smolinski on the warning track for the second out of the inning.  Ramos then struck out Brad Coon on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

Jeff Dominguez finsihed the day 2-for-4 and scored a run.  Seven different Suns players had at least one hit in the game.  Ryan Patterson and Jake Jefferies hit the long ball.  After going 13 games without a home run, the Suns have hit four in the last four games. 

Tyler Bortnick entered the game with just three hits in his last 28 plate appearances.  He led the Biscuits on Tuesday going 3-for-4 with two singles and his first home run of the season.  Kyeong Kang was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.  Kang has 26 hits on the season, with 18 of them for extra bases (eight home runs, eight doubles, two triples).

A.J. Ramos pitched the eighth and ninth, allowing three hits and a run to improve to 2-0 on the season.  Ramos has allowed only two runs this season in his 16 appearances.

The Suns are now 9-7 in one-run games this season and won for the first time when trailing after the seventh inning (1-16).  Jacksonville opens a five game series against Pensacola on Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds with Jose Alvarez (1-1, 3.90) taking the hill for his seventh start of the season.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:35PM ET.

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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 And Biscuits Split Twin Bill

The Jacksonville Suns and Montgomery Biscuits split a doubleheader at Riverwalk Stadium on May 13, 2012. The Suns won game one 6-2 and the Biscuits claimed the night cap 7-1. Photo Courtesy: Montgomery Biscuits

By Steve Kolbe 

The Suns and Biscuits split a doubleheader on Sunday May 13th at Riverwalk Stadium with Jacksonville winning the first game 6-2, and Montgomery claiming game two 7-1.
In the first game of the day, the Suns took the lead in the fourth inning off of Montgomery starter Jake Thompson. Dallas Poulk led off the inning with a single, and later scored when Kyle Jensen sent a sacrifice fly to center to put Jacksonville in front 1-0.  The lead was short lived, with Montgomery sending eight men to the plate and scoring twice with two outs in the bottom half of the fourth .  At one point, five straight batters reached base in the inning against Suns reliever Bobby Bramhall, with Greg Sexton and Brad Coon each driving in a run with and RBI single for a 2-1 Biscuits advantage.
The Suns took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Russell Mitchell led off with a single, and Jake Jefferies followed with a double to put runners on second and third.  Chris Gutierrez then drove in his ninth run of the season with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2, and Jake Smolinski singled to knock in Jefferies with the go-ahead run and give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead.
Suns designated hitter Kyle Jensen hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth, when he jumped on the first pitch from relief pitcher Marquis Fleming and sent it over the right field wall to increase the Suns lead to 4-2..  It was Jensen’s fourth home run of the season.  Later in the inning, Donnie Webb drove in Ryan Patterson with a sacrifice fly and Dallas Poulk added an RBI single with Jefferies scoring to expand the lead to 6-2.

Suns catcher Jake Jefferies slides in safely just ahead of the throw to Biscuits catcher Mark Thomas in the Suns 6-2 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Photo Courtesy: Montgomery Biscuits

The win snapped the Suns six game losing streak.  Jacksonville had four extra-base hits in the game, one more than their total in the previous six games.  The Suns improved to 15-1 when scoring the first run of the game.
Corey Madden (1-0) pitched an inning and a third to earn his first win of the season.  Bryan Evans, who beat Montgomery for his first career double-A victory last August, started game one of the twin bill for the Suns.  Evans was forced to leave the game after he was injured on a play at the plate in the first inning, when he was sent into the air and landed on his back after tagging out the runner Ty Morrison.  Biscuits starter Jake Thompson (0-4) dropped his fourth straight game to fall to 0-4 on the season.  He allowed three runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings of work. 
In the night cap, the Biscuits used the big inning to defeat the Suns 7-1.  Montgomery jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning against Suns starter Zach Neal, when David Wendt tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Emeel Salem. 
Montgomery broke the game open by scoring five times in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 6-0.  The big hit in the inning was a fly ball to left field off the bat of Kyeong Kong with the bases loaded.  Three runs scored when Jake Smolinski fell down trying to make the tough catch and was given an error on the play.  Tyler Bortnick and Emeel Salem also drove in a run in the inning against Neal and reliever Wade Korpi. 
The Suns scored their only run of the second game when Paul Gran walked in the sixth inning and then scored on a ground out by Smolinski.  The Biscuits tacked on a run in the bottom half of the sixth, when David Wendt singled and was driven in by Ty Morrison.  Wendt finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Alex Koronis (1-0) pitched two innings for his first win of the season.  Spot starter Merrill Kelly, normally a long reliever, and two relief pitchers combined to allow the Suns just three hits in the seven inning game.  Zach Neal (2-5) pitched four and two-thirds innings and suffered his fourth straight loss after allowing just one earned run.
Game four of the series is set for Monday night at Riverwalk stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05PM ET.  LHP Graham Taylor (2-3, 4.81) will start his eighth game of the season for Jacksonville.  RHP Shane Dyer (4-2, 2.18) takes the mound for Montgomery for his eighth start of the year.

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Suns And Biscuits Lose To Mother Nature

The Saturday May 12th game between the Jacksonville Suns and Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama was postponed by heavy rain. Photo Courtesy: Montgomery Biscuits

By Steve Kolbe

The second game of the series between the Jacksonville Suns and Montgomery Biscuits scheduled for Saturday night was postponed due to inclement weather.  It’s the first time this season that the Suns have had a game canceled due to rain.  

The Suns and Biscuits will play a double header on Sunday May 13th at Riverwalk Stadium.  In game one, RHP Bryan Evans (0-2, 4.70) will start his seventh game of the season for the Suns.  For the Biscuits, RHP Jake Thompson (0-3, 6.83) will also start his seventh game of the year.  The first pitch for game one is schedule for 2:05PM ET.

RHP Zach Neal (2-4, 4.65) will start game two for Jacksonville, while Montgomery will send RHP Merrill Kelly (1-0, 5.30) to the mound for the second of the two seven inning games.

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Suns Blanked By Biscuits 1-0

Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee drove in the only run of the game with an eighth inning double in the Biscuits 1-0 win over the Suns. Montgomery snapped a five-game home losing streak while Jacksonville lost for the sixth straight game. Photo Courtesy: Montgomery Biscuits

By Steve Kolbe

The Jacksonville Suns fell to the Montgomery Biscuits 1-0 in the first game of their five game series at Riverwalk Stadium on Friday night.  The Suns have now been shutout three times during their season-high six game losing streak. 

The Suns were hitless against Montgomery starting pitcher Matt Buschmann until the sixth inning, when Taylor Krick hit a line drive single to left.  Jacksonville starter Jose Alvarez was also impressive, allowing just five hits on the night.  Both starters didn’t figure in the decision, and handed the game over to their bullpen after pitching six and two-thirds innings each. 

The Biscuits broke through in the bottom of the eighth inning against reliever Garrett Parcell.  With one out, Mark Thomas doubled to left for his first hit of the game.  Top prospect Hak-Ju Lee followed by jumping on the first pitch he saw from Parcell and sending a line drive down the right field line for a double, with Thomas crossing the plate to give the Biscuits a 1-0 lead.  It was Lee’s 12th run batted in this season.  Thomas entered the game batting just .163 in his first 24 games of the season, but his double in the eighth started the rally. 

The win snapped a five game home losing streak for Montgomery.  The Biscuits were outscored 39-17 by Birmingham in the Barons sweep of a five game series at Riverwalk Stadium.  The Suns have lost six straight games and have been outscored 26-3 in those games.  Jacksonville has been shutout four times this season, and three times during the losing streak.  

Runs have been scarce for Jacksonville.  Since scoring all of their runs in the first four innings of an 11-7 win at Birmingham May 5th, the Suns have scored only three times in the last 59 innings.  In the last six games, the Suns have been outhit 51-28 and outscored 26-3.  Only three of the Suns 28 hits in that time have been for extra bases, with two doubles by Ryan Patterson and one by Kyle Jensen. 

The Suns and Biscuits are now tied for second place in the South Division with a record of 17-19 and both teams are six games behind the first place Mobile BayBears.  Three pitchers combined to three-hit the Suns in the win for Montgomery.  Jacksonville was also on the wrong side of a 1-0 one-hitter tossed by the Chattanooga Lookouts on April 12th at the Baseball Grounds. 

Matt Buschmann started the game for Montgomery and pitched six and two-thirds innings.  He allowed just one hit and struck out 12 of the 21 Suns batters that he faced in the no decision.  Frank De Los Santos pitched and inning and a third to earn his second win of the season for the Biscuits. 

Montgomery closer Adam Liberatore had to wiggle his way out of a jam in the ninth.  After Paul Gran singled and Jake Smolinski reached on an error to give the Suns runners on second and third with no outs, Liberatore found a way to escape.  He retired Kyle Skipworth and Curt Smith on ground outs, and Kyle Jensen on a fly ball to left to end the game and record his fourth save of the season.

It’s a matchup of right-handers looking for their first win of the season on Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.  The Suns will send  Bryan Evans (0-2, 4.70) to the mound.  Evans allowed just one run over five innings in his last start.  The Biscuits counter with RHP Jake Thompson (0-3, 6.83).

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