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BayBears Beat Suns To Take First Place

Mobile BayBears starter Trevor Bauer allowed just one hit in seven innings against the Suns to improve to a league-leading 6-1 on the season. Photo Courtesy: Mobile BayBears

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).

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Blue Wahoos Walk Away With 2-1 Win Over Suns

Joel Guzman walks with the bases loaded in the 9th inning to give the Blus Wahoos a 2-1 win. Photo Courtesy: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

By Steve Kolbe

In the first-ever meeting between Jacksonville and Pensacola, the game was decided in the ninth inning with the Blue Wahoos winning 2-1 over the Suns
 
With the bases loaded in the home half of the ninth and two outs, clean up hitter Joel Guzman stepped to the plate to face Suns relief pitcher A.J. Ramos.   Guzman played in Jacksonville and was part of the 2005 Championship and led the Suns in home runs and RBI’s that year, but on Sunday with the game on the line he never swung the bat and walked on four pitches to force in the game-winning run. 
 
In the fifth inning the Blue Wahoos took a 1-0 lead when Henry Rodriguez hit a home run over the left field wall off of Suns pitcher Bobby Bramhall.  A blast that left the park in spite of a strong wind blowing in from that direction.  Rodriguez hit the first-ever home run in Pensacola history on Opening Day against Montgomery.
 
The Suns tied the game 1-1 in the top of the sixth when Kyle Skipworth led off the inning with a double to the wall in right field.  After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Skipworth came in to score on a single by Jeff Dominguez.  Skipworth finished the day 1-for-3 and now has a hit in each of his last three games in the starting lineup.  Dominguez went 1-for-4 and Jake Smolinski finished 2-for-4.  Smolinski led off the game with a double for the second straight day.
 
Last season Jacksonville won 36 road games, fourth-most in the Southern League.  Only Chattanooga(41), Tennessee(39), and Mobile(37) had more wins away from home.
 
The three combined runs were the fewest in a game in the brief history of Maritime Park.  With the loss Jacksonville drops to 4-7, while Pensacola improves to 7-4 with the victory.  The Blue Wahoos have been outscored 25-24 in their six home games this season, but have won five times.
 
Pedro Villarreal started for Pensacola and pitched six innings, allowing five hits and just one run.  It was the second straight start that Villarreal allowed just one run and didn’t record the win.  Donnie Joseph earned his second win of the season, pitching two innings of scoreless baseball.  He hasn’t allowed a run in five appearance this season.  Edgar Olmos made his Double-A debut for the Suns.  He pitched four innings and allowed just one hit.  Olmos struck out one and walked eight Blue Wahoos batters.  Wade Korpi suffered his first loss of the season.  He pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing three singles, and left the game with the bases loaded in the ninth. 
 
The Suns are 0-6 this season when they allow the first run, the Blue Wahoos are 5-1 when they cross the plate first.  Both teams combined to go 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position, and also combined to strand 19 base runners with Pensacola leaving a dozen on base.
 
Game two of the series is Monday with a match up of right-handers. Bryan Evans is scheduled to take the mound for Jacksonville against Pensacola’s Curtis Partch.

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