Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Swanson’s HR Gives Braves 3-2 Win

Mississippi Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson hit an RBI double and an eighth-inning, go-ahead two-run home run in his Double-A debut to carry the visitors to a 3-2 win over the Jacksonville Suns in front of 5,270 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Saturday night.

The Suns (10-13) took a first-inning lead for the fourth straight game and third straight against Mississippi (9-14). Suns shortstop Yefri Perez reached on a leadoff infield single to the third-base side, and center fielder Jeremias Pineda followed with an infield single to first base.

After second baseman J.T. Riddle walked to load the bases, left fielder Austin Dean hit a sacrifice fly to left field for a 1-0 lead. First baseman Brady Shoemaker drew a walk to reload the bases, but Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb retired the next two batters to escape the inning. Newcomb did not allow a runner past second base for the rest of his 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Suns right-hander Austin Brice went six innings for the third time in his five starts this season, but he allowed the tying run in the third inning. Braves center fielder Matt Lipka hit a one-out fly ball to shallow right field, where Suns right fielder Moises Sierra dove to the ball and rolled over his gloved left hand, allowing the ball to come free, as Lipka went to second base with a double.

While Sierra remained in the game – until the end of the inning – Swanson lined a double to left field, scoring Lipka. Brice later stranded Swanson at third base and kept Mississippi without a runner in scoring position for the rest of his six innings, allowing three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The 1-1 tie remained until pinch hitter Sean Godfrey opened the eighth inning against right-hander Patrick Johnson with a double to left field. Lipka’s sacrifice put him at third base, before Swanson hit a two-run home run to left field. Jacksonville came within 3-2 in the bottom of the inning against right-hander Mauricio Cabrera.

Riddle hit a one-out single and scored on Shoemaker’s two-out single. In the ninth, Perez hit a two-out single before Cabrera got Pineda to fly out, earning Cabrera his third save and giving a win to right-hander Stephen Janas (2-2) for his 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.

The Suns continue their series with the Braves at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, when Suns left-hander Chris Reed (1-1) is scheduled to face Braves right-hander Rob Whalen (1-2). Gates open at 2 p.m

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