By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Jacksonville Suns (26-41, 55-81) were dropped by the Mississippi Braves (36-30, 69-65) 10-6 Friday night from Bragan Field
Brighton Trepagnier (W, 4-2) earned the victory after tossing a scoreless eighth for the Braves. Josh Hodges (L, 1-2) (BS, 1) in relief for Jacksonville only retired one batter allowing six runs (all earned) on four hits while walking two and not striking out a batter.
The scoring would begin in the top of the second after KD Kang led off with a triple, to then get knocked in by Rio Ruiz’s run scoring groundout that moved the Braves in front 1-0.
Moving to the third frame, a one out double by Emerson Landoni set him up in scoring position for a Kevin Ahrens RBI single, that made it a 2-0 edge for the Braves.
Flashing to the bottom half of the third inning it was Chris Hoo ripping a one out triple to stand 90-feet away from home for Scott Lyman’s RBI single to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
In the top of the fourth the Braves worked a pair of runners on the corners with one out. Matt Lipka then bounced into a RBI fielder’s choice scoring a run, and pushing the Braves edge to 3-1.
Flashing to the bottom of the sixth the Suns worked the first two batters on base via the walk. David Adams looped a run scoring single into right to bring the Suns to within a 3-2 tally. Next batter Matt Juengel, then arched a RBI sacrifice fly into center to tie the score at three.
To the seventh, against Suns reliever Jose Jose, Steve Rodriguez mashed a double to center to set up shop in scoring position. After a sac bunt moved Rodriguez to third, a fielding error by Suns right fielder Carlos Lopez brought home a run and moved the Braves ahead 4-3.
In the last of the seventh Jacksonville manufactured runners on the corners with one out. It was David Adams who laced a two RBI single that moved the Suns in the lead at 5-4.
In the top of the ninth the Braves worked runners on the corners with nobody out against Suns reliever Josh Hodges. It was Matt Lipka who laid down a RBI squeeze bunt that tied the game at five. Two batters later, Landoni looped a two-run single to move Mississippi ahead 7-5. Next batter Kevin Ahrens provided a sac fly to move the Braves in front 8-5. A RBI single by Eric Garcia and a throwing error on Terrence Dayleg put the Braves on top 10-5.
A RBI single by Elliot Soto in the bottom of the ninth moved the Suns to within a 10-6 tally.
Suns starter Scott Lyman lasted six innings allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out two in a no decision.
The Suns and Braves will square off again Saturday night from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Suns will send out left-hander Jarlin Garcia (0-3, 5.58 ERA) while the Braves will counter with righty Andrew Thurman (1-3, 4.58 ERA).
It’s Pedro Fedora Giveaway Night on Saturday plus the Zooperstars, Blood Alliance Blood Drive & Saturday Night Shrimp Dinner! Pedro’s Last Dance is in the final weekend and we’re giving Pedro Fedoras to the first three thousand fans, courtesy of Community First Credit Union of Florida, FOX 30 & 96.9 The Eagle! It’s also your last chance in 2015 to catch the zany antics of the Zooperstars who will be on hand and performing throughout the game! Plus don’t miss the hottest new rides from your local Southern Ford Dealers! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be on hand and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game and a hot dog and soda voucher! Also enjoy the Sea Best Unlimited Shrimp Dinner in the Sundowner Lounge from 6-8! Get unlimited Butterfly Breaded Shrimp, sides and a soda for only $16.50!
Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’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.
The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.
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