Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Jacksonville Suns Erases Biscuits’ Lead for Win

Trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Jacksonville Suns rallied for five runs to tie the Montgomery Biscuits, and Suns designated hitter J.T. Riddle hit a two-out, walk-off RBI single to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 9-8 triumph in front of 3,421 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon.

Jacksonville (17-22) did not have a lead Wednesday until Riddle’s hit for the Suns’ first walk-off win of the season, their largest comeback win, and a season-high third straight victory that clinched the rain-shortened four-game series.

Montgomery (21-17) built its lead with four home runs, including two by shortstop Willy Adames, who went deep back-to-back with first baseman Casey Gillaspie against Suns right-hander Patrick Johnson in the fourth inning.

Johnson allowed three earned runs in a season-high four innings, but he got a no-decision when the Suns tied the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the fourth against Biscuits right-hander Ryne Stanek. Catcher Francisco Arcia hit a two-run triple to right-center field and scored on Riddle’s single.

The Biscuits opened a 6-3 lead against left-hander Jose Jose in the fifth inning, capped by Adames’ two-run home run. Catcher Jake DePew’s sixth-inning solo home run and eighth-inning RBI double made it 8-3.

Riddle walked to begin the ninth inning against right-hander Brad Schreiber, who allowed left fielder Austin Dean’s two-run home run to left field. With one out, right fielder Moises Sierra singled, second baseman Peter Mooney walked, and left-hander Kyle Bird allowed Arcia’s single and a bases-loaded walk to third baseman James Roberts to make it 8-6.

Shortstop Yefri Perez hit a two-out, two-run bloop single to center field to tie it, 8-8. Suns right-hander Ryan Chaffee, who turned 28 Wednesday, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning, and right-hander Tyler Bremer (2-1) pitched a perfect 11th inning.

In the bottom of the 11th, Mooney reached on Adames’ error, and right-hander Brett Marshall (2-2) walked two batters to load the bases for Riddle’s game-winning hit – the Suns’ 16th of the day to set a team season high.

The Suns open a home series with Pensacola at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, when Suns right-hander Jake Esch (4-4) is scheduled to face Blue Wahoos right-hander Sal Romano (1-2). Gates open at 6 p.m

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