Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Eight-Run Rally Sparks Victory

With his team trailing 5-0 to the Mobile BayBears in the fourth inning Wednesday, Suns left fielder Austin Dean hit a leadoff single to start an eight-run rally and capped the team’s largest inning of the season with his first Southern League home run to the Tiki Terrace in an 8-6 win in front of 4,877 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

With more than a dozen schools and hundreds of area seniors in attendance for a morning start time on Education Day, the BayBears (6-7) arose quickly against Suns right-hander Ryan Newell. Center fielder Todd Glaesmann hit a one-out double down the third-base line in the first inning, before first baseman Kevin Cron hit a two-run home run to the left-field berm.

In the third inning, Glaesmann and Cron hit consecutive doubles to tally a run. The lead grew to 5-0 in the fourth inning, as catcher Michael Perez homered to the right-field bleachers, and shortstop Ildemaro Vargas had an RBI groundout.

Dean began the pivotal bottom of the fourth inning against right-hander Johnny Omahen (0-2) with a single to left field, promptly followed by singles from right fielder Matt Juengel, first baseman Brady Shoemaker and catcher Francisco Arcia, whose RBI made it 5-1.

Center fielder Jeremias Pineda beat the relay throw to first base on a double-play attempt to drive in another run, and shortstop Peter Mooney added an RBI infield single.

Pinch hitter Moises Sierra walked, and third baseman Yefri Perez beat the throw to first base on Mobile’s attempt at an inning-ending double play, as a run scored to make it 5-4. Perez stole second base to put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, and second baseman J.T. Riddle hit a two-out, two-strike, two-run single to left-center field for a 6-5 Suns lead.

Dean followed with his home run – his second hit of the inning and third of the game – to end the day for Omahen, who allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

With Newell finished after allowing five earned runs on eight hits in four innings, Suns right-hander Scott Lyman began the fifth inning and allowed a sixth-inning run before Mobile loaded the bases with two outs.

Right-hander Tyler Bremer (1-0) entered, and Perez made a diving catch of Cron’s line drive for the third out, keeping the 8-6 lead. Bremer and right-hander Sean Donatello combined to face one over the minimum in the final three innings, with the latter earning his second save.

The Suns conclude their series with Mobile at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, when Suns left-hander Tim Berry (0-0) is scheduled to face BayBears right-hander Matt Koch (0-1).

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