By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– The Jacksonville Suns (24-36, 53-76) were dropped in their rubber match with the Birmingham Barons (33-26, 66-62) 5-3 Thursday night from Regions Field.
Myles Jaye (W, 12-7) in his start for Birmingham lasted six frames allowing one run (earned) on three hits while walking two and striking out five. Suns starter Austin Brice (L, 5-9) worked six innings surrendering three runs (all earned) on six hits while walking four and striking out one. Zach Isler (S, 7) nailed down his seventh save of the year after tossing a perfect ninth.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first, after Jacob May singled and stole second to set up in scoring position for Nicky Delmonico’s RBI ground rule double, that pushed Birmingham ahead 1-0.
Moving to the top of the fourth, David Adams led off the frame with a walk, to then steal second, and get driven home courtesy of Eudy Pina’s two-out RBI single into center, that tied the score at one.
In the last of the fourth the Barons had the bases loaded after a single and a pair of walks. With two outs, Marcus Lemon collected a RBI infield single that moved Birmingham in front 2-1. Next batter, Tim Anderson, then rolled a run-scoring infield single down the third base line to increase the Barons advantage to 3-1.
Flashing to the bottom of the seventh, the Barons worked a pair of runners on with two outs against Suns reliever Juancito Martinez. Danny Hayes would then provide a two-run triple that ballooned the Birmingham edge to 5-1.
In the top of the eighth, against Barons reliever Peter Tago, the Suns generated the bases loaded. Adams then manufactured a walk to force in a run and trim the Suns deficit to 5-2. Now with Birmingham bullpen arm Tim Crabbe on the mound, he would offer up a wild pitch that plated a run and created a 5-3 ballgame. After a walk to Viosergy Rosa loaded the bases, Matt Juengel bounced into a double play to end any further threat.
Juancito Martinez out of the bullpen for the Suns tossed the seventh frame relinquishing two runs (both earned) on a pair of hits. Josh Hodges in his first game back off the disabled list hurled a scoreless eighth.
The Suns will kick off a five-game series with the Tennessee Smokies Friday night from Smokies Stadium with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.66 ERA) while the Smokies have yet to announce their starter.
Suns fans can also listen to Friday’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 6:50 p.m. ET.
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