— The Jacksonville Suns could not push a run across in the continuation of Wednesday’s suspended game against the Birmingham Barons, falling by a final score of 2-0 in game two of a five-game series.
Cody Puckett’s sixth inning, two-run home run off Grant Dayton proved to be the difference in a game marked by two hour-plus long rain delays that forced the suspension of a scheduled seven-inning contest that was to follow the Suns’ 2-0 loss.
“It was just a weird night,” said Suns manager Andy Barkett following the loss. “Our bullpen did a nice job. Dayton did a nice job, but made one mistake and [Puckett] hit it over the fence.”
Both teams were scoreless through the first five innings, the first two and half of which were played Wednesday night before a heavy rain storm forced the contest’s suspension. While Jacksonville continued to languish at the plate, Puckett launched his 12th home run and fifth against the Suns to give the Barons all the runs they would need.
“Hopefully we’ll just write this off as a weird day at the office,” Barkett said. “We’ll come back ready to go tomorrow and play two ballgames.”
Kevin Vance earned his seventh save for Birmingham with two scoreless innings in relief of David Cakes (1-0).
The Suns and Barons will play a doubleheader, with each game lasting seven innings, on Friday for games three and four of the five-game set. Pitching matchups have not yet been determined for the twin bill, which will begin at 6:05 p.m. ET.
Suns fans can listen to Friday’s games on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 5:50 p.m. ET with the UF Health Suns Pre-Game Show.
Christmas comes early at Bragan Field on Friday Night with Christmas in August, Throwback Night, Blood Alliance Blood Drive, Suns Food Drive & NAPA Friday Family Fireworks. It's Christmas in August and all fans get a free gift from the Suns. Fans may come early to choose from Bats, Hats, Bobbleheads, Balls and more, courtesy of the Salvation Army & 96.9 The Eagle.
It's also Throwback Night as the Suns will be wearing their old-time Pin-Striped uniforms and the team throws it back to Wolfson Park pricing with $5 Box Seats while they last and Pabst Blue Ribbon will be half price, as well. It's also the Suns 2013 Food Drive with Second Harvest Food Bank of North Florida. Fans may bring any canned good or Non-Perishable Food Item and get a Suns Souvenir.
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. Fans maysStay after the game as we light up the skies with the NAPA Friday Family Fireworks, presented by your NAPA AutoCare center dealers.