Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Jacksonville Send Generals Out of Town with 4-1 Win

Jacksonville Suns right-handers Hunter Adkins, Travis Ballew and Sean Donatello combined for eight shutout innings, while catcher Sharif Othman and center fielder Alex Glenn each had three hits in their team’s 4-1 win over the Jackson Generals in front of 4,730 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Saturday night.

After the first 1,000 fans received a Randy Johnson 1987 Jacksonville Expos Replica Jersey courtesy of Winn-Dixie, Adkins faced two batters over the minimum through the first four innings. Generals designated hitter Ryan Casteel drew a second-inning walk but was thrown out by Othman while trying to steal second base. Adkins struck out the side around an infield hit in the third inning, and he stranded the tying run at third base to end the top of the fourth inning with a 1-0 lead. In his second start of the series, Adkins allowed one hit and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings.

Jacksonville (16-19 second half, 46-59 overall) took the lead in the second inning against Jackson right-hander Paul Blackburn (6-5). Glenn hit a one-out single into left-center field and scored on second baseman Peter Mooney’s RBI double to right-center field.

The Suns extended the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, when left fielder Austin Dean walked and went to second base on an infield single by shortstop J.T. Riddle, who extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest in the Southern League this season and longest by a Sun during the Marlins affiliation that began in 2009. Glenn hit a one-out RBI single to make it 2-0. Blackburn was charged with two earned runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings.

After Adkins’ four scoreless innings, Ballew (1-0) and Donatello each worked two scoreless frames. The Suns added two runs in the seventh inning, as Othman tripled, right fielder Ronnie Mitchell hit an RBI double, and Riddle hit an RBI single. Jackson (19-15, 65-39) tallied its only run in the ninth inning on Casteel’s sacrifice fly against right-hander Austin Brice.

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