By Steve Kolbe
When the night began, the Jacksonville Suns and Mobile BayBears were tied for the top spot in the South Division with identical 17-13 records. By the end of the night, the BayBears had hit their way to an 11-0 win and handed the Suns their worst loss of the season. The game was called in the eighth inning due to heavy rain and lightning.
A day after scoring 11 runs on 11 hits in the series finale in Birmingham, the Suns managed only one hit off of Mobile starter Trevor Bauer. Jake Smolinski’s leadoff single in the first inning was the only hit surrendered by Bauer in the game.
Mobile took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Matt Davidson doubled for the first hit against Suns starter Jose Alvarez. After a Brent Clevlen walk the stage was set for Marc Krauss. He jumped on the first pitch that he saw from Alvarez and hit a three-run home run into the right field stands to put the BayBears in front 3-0. Krauss now has five home runs and 22 runs batted in this season. He has collected 14 hits in his last 11 games. Mobile improved to 16-5 when scoring the game’s first run, while the Suns dropped to 3-13 when they allow their opponent to strike first.
In the sixth, Matt Davidson led off the inning with a walk and Clevlen followed with a single to put two on with no outs. Marc Krauss drove in Davidson with a single, and Clevlen scored on a fielder’s choice to increase the BayBears lead to 5-0.
Mobile sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning against Suns reliever Wade Korpi. Three straight singles by Archie Gilbert, David Nick, and Matt Davidson started the rally with Gilbert scoring the first run of the inning to push the lead to 6-0. After scoring two runs earlier in the game, Clevlen drove in Mobile’s seventh run with a sacrifice fly to left and it was 7-0. Later in the inning, Ed Easley drove in Davidson with a single to center and the lead was 8-0. The BayBears scored three more runs in the inning when Yazy Arbelo doubled to drive in a pair, and Wladimir Sutel singled to drive in Arbelo to make it 11-0. The BayBears scored six runs on six hits in the inning. It was the second time this season that the Suns allowed six runs in an inning, with the last coming in a 10-5 loss at home to Chattagnooga April 11th.
Trevor Bauer, the Arizona Diamondbacks first round pick in 2011, one-hit the Suns over his seven innings of work to improve his record to 6-1. He leads the league in wins and is among the leaders in earned run average. In his two starts against the Suns this season, Bauer has allowed only 5 hits in 14 innings. Jose Alvarez pitched five and a-third innings allowing five runs on five hits and falls to 1-1 on the season. Wade Korpi pitched one and a-third innings, giving up six runs on six hits. Chris Squires also pitched and inning and a-third allowing one hit before the game was stopped.
Game two of the series is Monday morning at 11:00AM at the Baseball Grounds with the Suns looking to even the series. Bryan Evans (0-2, 5.26) will take the mound for Jacksonville against Mobile’s Tyler Skaggs (0-2, 3.91).