JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Kyle Jensen’s solo home run was the only notch on the scoreboard for the Jacksonville Suns (30-27) on Wednesday, as the Mobile BayBears (31-28) earned a series victory with a 5-1 win at Bragan Field.
The Suns were held scoreless against BayBears left-hander David Holmberg (2-3) and a duo of Mobile relievers until the bottom of the ninth, when Jensen launched his league-leading 11th long ball of the season. Mobile tallied five runs prior to the blast, however, and pulled even with the Suns in front of 1,967 fans at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
“We didn’t get it done today,” said Suns manager Andy Barkett following the game. “[Holmberg] threw the ball well, mixed up his fastball and his changeup…but we didn’t have great at-bats.”
Suns starter Robert Morey began his outing with three scoreless innings but fell behind in the top of the fourth. Singles by Jon Griffin and Garrett Weber put two runners on with nobody out for Keon Broxton, who launched his fifth home run of the season to put the BayBears on top 3-0.
Morey would allow one more run in the sixth on Nick Ahmed’s RBI double. The right-hander finished his tenth start after five and a third innings, surrendering a season-high ten hits and allowing four earned runs. Morey also struck out six batters and walked just one.
“At times he was good,” Barkett said. “At other times he left a few too many pitches out over the plate, and elevated. At this level of baseball, you can’t make mistakes like that. You’ll get hurt.”
Mobile added on in the top of the seventh against Robert Waite on Jon Griffin’s RBI single, while the Suns continued to languish at the plate. Jensen finished with Jacksonville’s only multi-hit afternoon, going 2-for-4 with a double in addition to his ninth inning home run.
Logan Morrison, still on a Major League rehab assignment, finished his eighth game with the Suns 0-for-4 with three groundouts and a pop out. Suns outfielder Christian Yelich was held out of the lineup for a second consecutive day due to discomfort in his lower abdominal.
The Suns are even with the Mobile BayBears in second place in the Southern League South division standings entering the series finale on Thursday at Bragan Field. The Suns will send right-hander Bryan Evans (0-3, 7.07) to the mound, while Mobile’s Thursday starter has not yet been announced by the club. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Suns fans can listen to Thursday’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 and Shands Suns Pre-Game Show.