By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns
Another day, another walkoff.
For the third straight game, the Jacksonville Suns defeated their opponent in walkoff fashion, as the Suns topped the Mobile BayBears Friday 6-5.
It was Derek Dietrich who played the hero role last night, launching a pinch-hit solo blast to right to end the contest. Below is the “Voice of the Suns” Roger Hoover’s call of that final play.http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/z8048e89g7/walkoff.mp3%20
Jacksonville had gotten out to an early 2-0 advantage thanks to a longball from RF Marcell Ozuna, who has now homered in three straight games, totaling four blasts in that span. CF Christian Yelich doubled the margin to 4-0 with a two-run double in the fourth, while C J.T. Realmuto put the Suns up five with a sacrifice fly.
Mobile, however, clawed their way back with a three-run seventh and a two-run eighth to even the contest at 5-5. Four different BayBears batters, including infielders Nick Evans (2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB) and Nick Ahmed (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI), as well as outfielders Justin Greene (2-4, 1 R) and Brent Clevlen (2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI). Ozuna (2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI) was the lone Suns hitter to record a multi-hit effort.
With Jacksonville leading the series 2-0, they’ll look to clinch a series victory tonight over the BayBears, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. at Bragan Field. The Suns are expected to give the nod to RHP Matt Neil (0-2, 5.74), while Mobile is anticipated to send RHP Zeke Spruill (0-3, 1.35) to the hill.
Jacksonville’s parent club, the Miami Marlins, fell Friday night to the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at Marlins Park. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo powered Chicago’s attack with a pair of longballs, while Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney mashed his first blast of his Major League career (video below).
Former Sun A.J. Ramos was solid in relief for the Fish last night, firing two shutout frames and yielding just two hits, in addition to a strikeout. The two teams square off again tonight at 7:10 p.m., with RHP Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09 ERA) slated to get the start for the Marlins, while the Cubs plan to send LHP Travis Wood (1-1, 2.08 ERA) to the mound.
It was quite a night for another former Suns pitcher, with Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez fanning 17 Braves batters in his eight innings of work, setting a new Tigers record in their 10-0 victory. Sanchez finished his outing in style, striking out the side in the eighth (video below).
Here’s today’s Suns This Morning. As always, we’ll have a Game Preview post on here later today.
Florida Times-Union: “Derek Dietrich’s Home Run Lifts Suns”
AL.com: “Suns Top BayBears With Homer In Bottom Of The Ninth”
Miami Herald: “Slowey Remains Upbeat, Even As a W Continues To Elude Him”
Sun Sentinel: “Homers By Douglas High Grad Rizzo Topples Marlins”
Chicago Tribune: “Close To Home, Rizzo Dials Long Distance Twice In Cubs’ Win In Miami”
MLB.com: “Hechavarria Progressing, Taking Grounders”
Sports Illustrated: “Anibal Sanchez Whiffs A Season-High 17 Braves”
MASNS Sports: “Reading Into The Handling Of Rendon”
MLB.com: “For Some, Mental Approach Is Far From Average”
Baseball Prospectus: “Manufactured Runs: The Hawk Trap“