— The Jacksonville Suns (11-10, 45-43) took advantage of four Mobile BayBears (14-8, 53-38) errors en route to a 6-1 victory in game two of a five-game series at Bragan Field.
The teams finished even with seven hits apiece, but Mobile made three crucial errors in a four-run fourth inning for Jacksonville. The Suns also got a strong spot start from right-hander Bryan Evans in front of 5,187 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
“[Mobile] didn’t play very good defense tonight, and normally they’re pretty sharp,” said Suns manager Andy Barkett following the win. “We piled on some runs there, when he had the chance.”
Michael Main knocked in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to put Jacksonville ahead 1-0 in the second inning, but Mobile’s true troubles began in the fourth. After J.T. Realmuto led the inning off with a double, a throwing error by BayBears pitcher Bo Schultz (3-2) on a bunt attempt from Mark Canha allowed Realmuto to score.
The Suns would add RBI’s from Noah Perio and Michael Main in the frame before Mobile finally escaped. By the time Danny Black grounded into an inning-ending double play, Jacksonville had a 5-0 advantage.
Bryan Evans made the lead stand with five solid innings on the mound. Evans did not allow a run over his five frames, allowed just three hits and struck out five while walking none.
“He’s got plenty of experience starting,” Barkett said. “He’s very versatile…and can be in the rotation. He throws strikes and keeps the ball down.”
Jacksonville would later add a run in the fifth, while the Suns’ bullpen continued to impress, posting four innings of one-run ball against Mobile.
The Suns will send right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (2-1, 4.29) to the mound in game three of the five-game set against Mobile, opposed by BayBears left-hander Andrew Chafin (6-5, 2.70). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Suns fans can listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET with the UF Health Suns Pre-Game Show.
Friday at Bragan Field is St. Patrick's Day in July with Leprechaun World Championship Wrestling, Blood Alliance Blood Drive & NAPA Friday Family Fireworks. It's St. Patrick's Day in July and concessions stands will be serving green beer, plus after the game see two real live leprechauns wrestle for a Pot O' Gold, presented by CW17 & 96.9 The Eagle. The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be at Bragan Field and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood. The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game, a hot dog and soda voucher and a special Suns gift.
Before the game the Suns will honor Jacksonville University Baseball coach Terry Alexander, who is retiring after 23 seasons leading the Dolphins in a ceremony on the field. Plus, fans can see all of the hottest rides from your local Southern Ford Dealer. Fans should be sure to stick around after the game and before the wrestling as the Suns light up the skies with the best fireworks show in town the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks, presented by your NAPA AutoCare center dealers.