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BayBears Rally In Ninth For 4-2 Win Over Suns

 

The BayBears increased their lead in the South Division by scoring two times in the ninth inning for a 4-2 win over the Suns June 1, 2012 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

By Steve Kolbe 

The Mobile BayBears scored two runs in the ninth inning on the way to a 4-2 win over the Suns on Friday night.  After winning five of their first six series of the season, the Suns have lost their last five series.
 
The BayBears took the lead in the second inning against Suns starter Matthew Neil.  Marc Krauss led off the inning with a double when he hit a deep drive toward the wall in left-center field.  Jake Smolinksi went crashing into the outfield fence attempting to make the catch and injured himself on the play.  Smolinski had to leave the game, with Ryan Patterson taking his place in left field.  After a single by Alfredo Marte put runners on the corners with no outs, Brent Clevlen drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to put Mobile in front 1-0. 
 
The Suns drew even in the second against BayBears starter Tyler Skaggs.  Donnie Webb led off the inning with a single to left, and stole second base.  Chris Gutierrez then doubled to right-center to drive in his 15th run of the season, with Webb scoring to tie the game 1-1. 
 
In the fourth inning Mobile reclaimed the lead.  BayBears cleanup hitter Marc Krauss, behind in the count 0-2, blasted his eighth home run of the season over the center field fence for a 2-1 lead.  Krauss is tied for the league lead with 37 runs batted in.
 
The Suns rebounded again in the home half of the eighth inning when pinch hitter Jeff Dominguez started the rally with a double.  After an infield single by Gutierrez put runners on the corners with no outs, German Duran drove in Dominguez from third with a sacrifice fly and the game was tied again 2-2.
 
Suns reliever Bobby Bramhall ran into trouble in the ninth.  David Nick led off the inning with a bunt single, and Matt Davidson singled behind him.  Marc Krauss then walked to load the bases with no outs.  Alfredo Marte put the BayBears back in front 3-2 with a sacrifice fly to right, with Nick crossing the plate.  Mobile added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Rossmel Perez to pad the lead 4-2.
 
For the Suns, Chris Gutierrez finished the night 2-for-4 and drove in a run.  Donnie Webb went 2-for-3 and stole his second base of the season.  For the BayBears, Marc Krauss was 2-for-3 with a double and his ninth home run of the season.  Krauss leads the Southern League with 30 extra base hits.  Three of Mobile’s runs scored on sacrifice flies.
 
Matthew Neil started his third game for the Suns and pitched a season-high seven innings.  He allowed two runs on three hits, including a home run and did not figure in the decision for the third straight time.  Neil struck out four without a walk.  Bobby Bramhall allowed two runs on two hits and walked three batters.  He surrendered the winning run in the ninth.  BayBears starter Tyler Skaggs threw 100 pitches over eight innings to improve his record to 4-3.  He allowed two runs on six hits and has won four of his last five starts.  Matt Gorgen pitched the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
 
The Suns begin a five game series against the Blue Wahoos in Pensacola on Saturday night with the first pitch scheduled for 8:30 p.m EST. 

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BayBears Pitching Shuts Down The Suns 2-1

BayBears starter Tyler Skaggs won his first game of the season striking out seven over seven innings against the Suns in a 2-1 win at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

By Steve Kolbe
 
The Mobile BayBears edged the Jacksonville Suns 2-1 on Monday afternoon to increase their lead in the Southern League South Division to two games.
 
Starting pitching has been the story of the series so far for Mobile.  The Suns managed just one hit against Sunday’s starter Trevor Bauer, and on Monday Tyler Skaggs allowed only five.  In 14 innings the two BayBears starters have not allowed an earned run to the Suns.
 
Mobile took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Monday against Jacksonville starter Bryan Evans.  With two outs, Tyler Skaggs doubled to left and Archie Gilbert drove him in with a double of his own.  Skaggs is one of the better hitting pitchers in the league and is now 4-for-8 at the plate this season.  The BayBears are 17-5 when scoring the game’s first run, while the Suns are 3-14 while they allow the first run.
 
The Suns scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning against Skaggs.  Curt Smith led off the inning when he reached on an error by third baseman Matt Davidson.  After a double by Ryan Patterson gave the Suns runners on second and third with no one out, Skaggs settled down to get Taylor Krick and Chris Gutierrez on ground outs with the runners stuck in scoring position.  Pinch hitter Donnie Webb struck out which should have ended the inning, but Mobile catcher Rossmel Perez couldn’t hang on to the ball.  Instead of throwing the ball to first to record the final out of the inning, Perez threw to third with Smith coming in to score on the strikeout to tie the game 1-1.  The BayBears committed two errors in the inning, increasing their league leading total to 43.  Last season Mobile committed only 98 errors, fewest in the Southern League.
 
In the eighth, Archie Gilbert walked to lead off the inning and later scored on Brent Clevlen’s sacrifice fly to give the BayBears a 2-1 lead and that was the game winning run.
 
Ryan Patterson finished the game 2-for-4 and his double in the fifth inning was the only extra base hit for the Suns on the day.  Jake Smolinski, Paul Gran, Chris Gutierrez, and Kyle Skipworth each had a single in the game.  Jacksonville has a total of nine hits in the first two games of the series.
 
For the BayBears, Archie Gilbert finished 2-for-3 and walked twice.  He drove in a run and scored the game-winning run.  Four of the BayBears seven hits in the game were doubles.  The two teams combined to go 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position, and stranded 15 runners on base Monday afternoon.
 
Tyler Skaggs threw 94 pitches to earn his first win of the season striking out seven and walking just one.  He pitched seven innings and scattered five hits and did not allow an earned run.  Evan Marshall pitched the ninth for his fifth save of the season.  Suns starter Bryan Evans pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and didn’t figure in the decision.  Josh Schmidt (1-1) pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing two hits and one run and lost for the first time this season.
 
The BayBears have won eight of their last 11 games while the Suns have dropped four of their last five.  Game three of the series is Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05PM.  Zach Neal (2-3, 3.41) takes the mound for the Suns.  He allowed five runs on seven hits in his last start.  Derek Eitel (2-2, 3.86) will start for the BayBears.
 

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Suns Continue Winning Ways In Mobile

BayBears starter Tyler Skaggs struck out a career-best 12 batters in a loss to the Suns at Hank Aaron Stadium. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

By Steve Kolbe

With a share of first place on the line, the Jacksonville Suns continued their winning ways on the road, powering past Mobile 5-1 at Hank Aaron Stadium.  Jacksonville has used a five game winning streak to improve to 9-7 and tie the BayBears atop the South Division.  Last April, the longest winning streak the Suns put together was two games, when they finished the first month of the season 11-12.  The Suns had two five game winning streaks all year during 2011, May 23-28 and June 16-23.  They’ve matched that mark already. 

The first meeting of the season between the Suns and BayBears began as a pitcher’s duel, with Jacksonville’s Jose Alvarez and Mobile’s Tyler Skaggs stealing the spotlight.  Alvarez breezed along until the fourth inning, when Brent Clevlen hit his first home run of the season to give the Bay Bears a 1-0 lead.  The BayBears had three hits in the game, and all were off the bat of Clevlen.  He finished 3-for-4 with a single, double, and a homer.  

Jacksonville managed just three hits in the first six innings against Skaggs, who was cruising along allowing just a pair of singles by Shawn Bowman and a double by Kyle Skipworth.  Skaggs tied his career high for strikeouts in a game by fanning 12 of the first 22 Suns batters he faced in the game. 

Everything changed for the Suns in the top of the seventh inning.  With one out, Curt Smith reached base with an infield single.  It appeared that Chris Gutierrez was going to pop out to first baseman Yazy Arbelo, but he dropped the ball for an error and gave Gutierrez another swing.  He made it count, ripping a double into right-center and Smith scored all the way from first to tie the game 1-1.  Jose Duarte put Jacksonville in front 2-1 when his double to left drove in Gutierrez.  Gutierrez has driven in four runs and scored five times in his last four games. 

The rough inning for Skaggs continued when pinch-hitter German Duran came to the plate for just the second time this season, and launched a two-run home run over the left field wall.  It was a towering blast that padded the Suns lead to 4-1.  Mobile entered the game with a team ERA of 3.10, second-best in the league behind the Jackson Generals.  The Suns have scored 30 runs during their five game streak. 

In the eight inning, Shawn Bowman hit his third home run of the season to straight-away center to increase the lead to 5-1.  The Suns have hit 16 home runs this season, most in the league and five more than both Jackson and Mobile.  Bowman and Kyle Skipworth are tied for third in the league with three round trippers each. 

The Suns bullpen was strong once again.  Jose Alvarez went four innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out four and didn’t factor in the decision.  The losing pitcher was Tyler Skaggs, he pitched six-and-a-third innings and allowed seven hits and four runs.  Kyle Kaminska pitched two innings without allowing a hit and earned his second win of the season.  Wade Korpi pitched the seventh, Garrett Parcell the eighth, and A.J. Ramos the ninth.  Overall, Jacksonville relievers tossed five innings and allowed just one hit.  Jacksonville hurlers struck out eight without walking a batter.  

Shawn Bowman finished the night 3-for-4.  Kyle Skipworth was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Skipworth is batting .340 in his last seven games in the starting lineup.  He’s hit safely in each game, going 10-for-29.  The win was Jacksonville’s first when they allow their opponent to score first, they were 0-6 entering the game. 

Game two of the series is Saturday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM with Bryan Evans making the start for Jacksonville looking for his first win of the year.  Former first-round draft pick Trevor Bauer takes the mound for the BayBears.  He leads the Southern League with a record of 3-0 and a 0.57 ERA.  Bauer was the third overall pick by the Diamondbacks in the 2011 draft.

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