Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Jacksonville Takes Advantage of Biscuit Miscues

By Kamarri Darrington

Montgomery, Ala.—The Jacksonville Suns were looking to avoid their second three-game losing streak this month as the entered the fourth game of their series against the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium.

The Suns got some much needed hospitality from the Biscuits and evened the series.

Jacksonville scored two runs off three Montgomery errors in the fifth and held on for a 4-3 victory on Monday.

After a season-high 15 hits in Sunday’s loss, the Suns (9-10) only needed five hits in improving to 3-6 on the road.

Brady Shoemaker went 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks and a strikeout. Avery Romero went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Shoemaker’s homer was just the fourth hit by Jacksonville this season.

“We were able to get guys on base and really put pressure on their defense,” Shoemaker said. “That’s what baseball is about. We got timely hits and were able to take advantage of their mistakes.”

After third baseman Matt Juengel reached on an error, Avery Romero’s RBI triple tied the score at 3 with one out in the fifth. Yefri Perez then hit an RBI single, scoring Romero to give Jacksonville a 4-3 lead.

The four errors committed by the Biscuits (10-8) were a season-high as Montgomery lost for just the second time in six games.

Montgomery got a fourth-inning solo home run by first baseman Casey Gillaspie to give the Biscuits a 3-2 lead. The Biscuits went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Ryne Stanek (0-3) pitched six innings for the Biscuits and gave up three runs off six hits with four strikeouts. Gillaspie went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Suns starting pitcher Austin Brice (1-1) pitched six innings and gave up three runs off six hits with four strikeouts. Brice’s ERA is now 1.23. Tyler Kinley got his first save of the season.

The two teams will finish their five-game set at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. Jacksonville’s Tim Berry (0-2) will face Montgomery’s Chris Kirsch (2-0).

Shoemaker said a win in Tuesday’s rubber game could get the Suns back on the winning track.

“Every game is very important,” Shoemaker said. “We have really been struggling and we want to take it game-by-game. It’s always good to get a win on the road like this.”

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