Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Jacksonville Splits Saturday Doubleheader with Generals

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Suns (13-17) and Jackson Generals (18-10) split a doubleheader with the Suns rallying back to win Game One by a 6-3 score, before the Generals took the nightcap 6-4 to conclude the series at The Ballpark at Jackson on Saturday evening.

This concludes a 26-hour stretch where the Suns and Generals played 32 innings, and Jackson took three out of five games to win the series. This also marks the end of Jacksonville’s only trip to Jackson this series.

The Suns took the first game of the doubleheader 6-3. The Generals built an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs scored off Suns starter Chris Reed. The Suns got a run closer in the top of the sixth inning on an Austin Dean RBI single to make it a 2-1 game. The Generals got that run back in the bottom of the sixth on a Marcus Littlewood RBI double to make it 3-1 going to the seventh.

Jacksonville tied the game with a two-run infield single by Cam Maron to even the score at three. The Suns took the lead with a J.T. Riddle two-RBI single to give Jacksonville a 5-3 advantage. The Suns added another run when Brady Shoemaker provided a sacrifice fly to give the Suns a 6-3 lead, and the five-run inning fueled the Suns to the win. Hunter Adkins worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh to earn the save, while Reed (1-0) earned the victory.

The Generals won the second game of the doubleheader 6-4. Jackson built a 3-0 lead in the first two innings off Suns starter Ivan Pineyro (0-2), who would take the loss.

The Suns stormed back with a four-run top of the fourth inning. An Austin Dean ground-rule RBI double started the scoring, before Moises Sierra hit an RBI single to make it a 3-2 game. Yefri Perez gave Jacksonville a 4-3 lead with a two-RBI single. Jackson retook the lead with a two-run bottom of the fourth. Tim Lopes drove in his third run of the game with an RBI single to tie the game, then D.J. Peterson gave the Generals a 5-4 lead with his RBI double. The Generals added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Benji Gonzalez brought home Zach Shank on a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-4 Jackson, which would be the final.

The Suns will bus through the night to Biloxi, Mississippi before an off day Sunday. The Suns will return to action on Monday night against the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Suns will start right-hander Jake Esch (4-2, 4.30 ERA) against Biloxi right-hander Adrian Houser (1-3, 8.63 ERA).

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