— The Jacksonville Suns (26-22) saw their winless streak reach a season-high five games in a 2-0 defeat to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (17-32) at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
The Suns failed to score a run for the third time in their last four contests and have plated just one run over the four-game stretch.
Logan Morrison finished 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game with the Suns on a Major League Rehab Assignment, striking out against Loek Van Mil in the top of the ninth inning.
Devin Lohman gave the Blue Wahoos, who snapped a nine-game losing skid with the victory, an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single off Suns starter Jay Jackson (2-2) in the bottom of the second. It would be one of two runs charged to the Suns right-hander, who finished his night after five innings, striking out six but also walking four.
It was the last of the four walks that hurt Jackson the most. Pensacola loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 5th thanks in part to a double by Blue Wahoo’s starting pitcher Chad Rogers. Jackson struck Ryan LaMarre out for the second out of the inning, but then walked Travis Mattair on a 3-2 pitch to force in Pensacola’s second run.
The Suns’ offense, meanwhile, continued to struggle after scoring just a single run total in the final three games of the team’s home series against Birmingham. Jacksonville tallied just three hits in its fifth straight loss, including two against Pensacola starter Rogers (3-2), and the Suns remain without an RBI hit since Chris Gutierrez’s run-scoring triple on Friday.
Jacksonville did have several chances to get back into the game despite the offensive malaise. Pinch hitter Daniel Pertusati led off the top of the sixth with a ground rule double, and Christian Yelich followed with a walk. With Jake Marisnick batting and no one out, Blue Wahoos catcher Danny Vicioso picked Pertusati off second base for the first out, followed quickly by a Marisnick strikeout. Morrison then popped out to end the inning.
The Suns’ final rally came in the top of the eighth, as Jacksonville put two runners on with two out for Jake Marisnick, who struck out swinging to end the frame and the last real scoring chance for the visitors.
Van Mil recorded his second save with one and two thirds scoreless innings, pitching a perfect top of the ninth to seal Pensacola’s first win in its last ten games.
The Suns attempt to end the five-game losing streak on Wednesday in a doubleheader against the Blue Wahoos, the product of a scheduled game between the two teams in April that was postponed. Sam Dyson (1-4, 3.07) will start game one for Jacksonville, opposed by left-hander Ryan Dennick (2-4, 2.82). Game two will feature the first start for Suns’ right-hander Rob Waite (0-0, 0.00), while the Bue Wahoos counter with righty Shaun Ellis (0-1, 5.56). The first pitch of game one is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, with game two beginning a half hour after the first tilt’s conclusion.
Suns fans can listen to Wednesday’s doubleheader on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET with the UF and Shands Suns Pre-Game Show.