Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Perez Hits First Double-A Home Run in Loss

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Jacksonville Suns (8-9) fell to the Montgomery Biscuits (9-7) by an 8-7 score in the second game of the five-game series at Riverwalk Stadium on Saturday night.

Suns reliever Tyler Bremer (1-1) allowed a pair of runs to the Biscuits in the bottom of the eighth to take the loss, while Biscuits reliever Adam Kolarek (1-1) earned the win. Brad Schreiber got the final outs in the ninth to earn his third save of the year.

The Suns took the early advantage in the top of the third with an RBI single by J.T. Riddle to take a 1-0 lead. The next batter Austin Dean reached on a fielder’s choice when Yefri Perez scored and Riddle was out between second and third to put the score at 2-1. The Biscuits got a run back with Jake Hager’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning to trail 2-1.

The Suns answered with a three-run top of the fourth, featuring an RBI triple from Moises Sierra, an RBI single by Avery Romero, and an RBI double by Jeremias Pineda to put the lead at 5-1. Yet again the Biscuits quickly got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, this time with a solo homer by Willy Adames to cut Jacksonville’s lead to 5-2. An inning later in the fifth, Johnny Field hit a solo homer to cut the lead to 5-3.

Suns starter Jarlin Garcia left the game with a 5-3 lead after his three innings of work. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a no decision. It was a no decision because Suns reliever Patrick Johnson gave up a two-run home run to Granden Goetzman that tied the game at five in the bottom of the sixth.

The Suns got the lead back in the seventh inning when Riddle drove in his second run of the game on an RBI single to put Jacksonville on top 6-5. The Biscuits tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Goetzman reached on a fielder’s choice that brought home Jake Bauers to even the game at six.

The Biscuits took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when a bases-loaded wild pitch from Bremer scored Field to put Montgomery ahead 7-6. The Biscuits added a run when Kean Wong hit a sacrifice fly to give the Biscuits an 8-6 lead going to the ninth.

Perez hit a solo homer to start the inning of Schrieber, as the Suns shortstop collected his first Double-A home run. Schreiber got the next three outs in order to preserve the 8-7 Montgomery win.

Tomorrow the Suns and Biscuits will square off in the third game of the series at 3:05 p.m. ET. Right-handed pitcher Austin Brice (0-1, 0.00 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Biscuits right-hander Taylor Guerrieri (0-1, 5.52 ERA).

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