By Andrew Green / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns ended their six-game series with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on a high note on Saturday evening, defeating the Blue Wahoos 7-1. The two teams finished the set even at three games apiece.
The Suns powered past Pensacola thanks to in part to back-to-back homers from 1B Logan Morrison, who is with Jacksonville on a Major League Rehab Assignment, and RF Kyle Jensen in the eighth inning.
Below are the calls of both home runs from the “Voice of the Suns” Roger Hoover.http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/b3syjo7j15/lomo_hr.mp3%20 http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/gh9wytlp9t/jensenhr.mp3%20
For Morrison, it was his first home run of his Major League Rehab Assignment, while it was Jensen’s eighth roundtripper of the year.
Outfielder Christian Yelich (2-5, 1 RBI), along with infielder Zack Cox (2-5, 1 R) each recorded multi-hit efforts for the Suns in the victory, while Blue Wahoos outfielder Bryson Smith (2-4) collected two base knocks.
Suns starter Adam Conley (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO) did not factor in the decision after yielding a lone earned run on five hits, adding six strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work, while Pensacola starter Tim Crabbe (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO) suffered the loss.
Jacksonville now returns to Bragan Field for a five-game series with the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first pitch of the series is set for 6:05 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds, with RHP Jay Jackson (2-2, 2.70 ERA) slated to take the hill for the Suns, while the BayBears are anticipated to give the nod to LHP Andrew Chafin (1-4, 3.00 ERA).
The Miami Marlins, the Suns’ parent club, were also victorious on Saturday as they defeated the New York Mets 8-1 behind a strong start from rookie RHP Jose Fernandez (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO). Fernandez earned the victory to improve to 3-3 on the year after allowing just three hits over the course of his seven shutout frames.
Former Suns outfielder Marcell Ozuna saw his Major League leading 16-game hit streak come to an end with an 0-for-3 night, though he did draw a walk and score a run.
Having already clinched the three-game series, the Marlins look to sweep the Mets Sunday afternoon, with the series finale set for 1:10 p.m. at Marlins Park. New York is scheduled to send RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85 ERA) to the mound, while RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Fish.
Below is today’s Suns This Morning.
Florida Times-Union: ‘Logan Morrison, Kyle Jensen Hit Homers To Power Suns Past Blue Wahoos”
Pensacola News Journal: “Blue Wahoos Fall In Series Finale”
MiLB.com: “Northcraft Shuts Down Biscuits For Six”
Miami Herald: “Jose Fernandez Dominates Mets In Easy Marlins Win”
Sun Sentinel: “Veteran Mathis To Catch Youngsters Fernandez, Turner”
Palm Beach Post: “Another Encouraging Batting Practice For Giancarlo Stanton; Casey Kotchman Nears Return”
MLB.com: “Hall of Famer Dawson Offers Tips To Young Marlins”
Big League Stew: “Josh Donaldson Hits O.co Coliseum Bullseye During BP, Celebrates With Reverse Victory Lap”
ESPN Sweetspot: “NL’s Latest Rookie Crop Shining Bright”
Baseball Prospectus: “Bill James, Base Umpires, And The Sabermetric Significange of Check Swings“