By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– The Jacksonville Suns (22-34, 51-74) fell to the Birmingham Barons (31-24, 64-60) 6-2 in the series opener Sunday night from Regions Field.
Tyler Danish (W, 8-10) in his start for the Barons generated five innings surrendering two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out one. Suns starter Scott Lyman (L, 1-9) worked five innings allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits while walking three and striking out two.
In the bottom of the first frame the Barons got on the board first. With runners on the corners and one out, Christian Marrero generated RBI sacrifice fly to left that pushed his club ahead 1-0.
To the top of the second and the Suns tied the score. After placing runners on the corners with two outs, Nick Delmonico’s throwing error from third, on an Elliot Soto ground ball, knotted the game at one.
In the last of the second, Birmingham’s Joey DiMichele led off the frame with a double, to then get knocked home by next batter Adrien Nieto’s run scoring single, making the tally 2-1. Still in the second, Marcus Lemon provided a double, which was followed up by Suns shortstop Elliot Soto misplaying a ground ball off the bat of Tim Anderson, allowing Lemon to score, and push the Barons in front 3-1.
Jacksonville’s Terrence Dayleg (HR, 4) led off the fourth frame with a solo home run that cut the Suns deficit to 3-2.
To the last of the fifth, and the Barons worked the first two runners on base subsequent to Jacob May’s single and Nick Delmonico’s double. Marrero then singled into center to bring in a pair of runs, and balloon the Birmingham advantage to 5-2. After a wild pitch offered up by Lyman, that would put a pair of runners in scoring position for DiMichele’s RBI sac fly pushing it to a 6-2 ballgame.
Alex Burgos tossed a scoreless sixth inning out of the bullpen for Jacksonville. Tyler Bremer in his double-A debut hurled a pair of scoreless frames.
The Suns and Barons continue their series Monday night with a first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET from Regions field. The Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-1, 3.74 ERA) while the Barons will counter with righty Matt Heidenreich (0-0, 6.00 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Monday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET.
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