Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Jacksonville Snaps Braves’ Streak with 5-4 Walk-Off Win

The Jacksonville Suns came within an out of a win in the top of the ninth inning, but after the Mississippi Braves took a 4-3 lead, Suns third baseman Brian Anderson capped a two-run bottom of the ninth with a walk-off single for a 5-4 win in front of a Saturday season-high 6,693 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Saturday night.

Facing a Braves team that had won eight games in a row, the Suns (23-25 second half, 53-65 overall) took the lead of the series in the bottom of the second inning against Braves right-hander Max Povse. With two outs, second baseman Peter Mooney singled to left field, stole second base and scored on catcher Cam Maron’s RBI single to center field. Jacksonville extended the lead in the fourth inning, when Anderson reached on a wild-pitch strikeout, center fielder Alex Glenn singled to left field, and first baseman Chris Curley hammered a two-run double deep to center field for a 3-0 lead.

Suns right-hander Patrick Johnson kept Mississippi (30-17, 64-52) scoreless until the sixth inning, when center fielder Connor Lien hit a leadoff home run. In six innings, Johnson allowed five hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

After right-hander Tyler Kinley pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, right-hander Sean Donatello began the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead. After back-to-back singles, Donatello retired the next two batters before walking pinch hitter Willians Astudillo. Second baseman Ozzie Albies drove a two-out, three-run triple to left-center field for a 4-3 Braves lead.

In the bottom of the ninth inning against Braves right-hander David Peterson, pinch hitter Kenny Wilson had a leadoff infield single and scored on left fielder Austin Dean’s triple to left-center field. After an intentional walk to shortstop J.T. Riddle, Anderson lined the first pitch he saw past Peterson into center field for the Suns’ second walk-off win this season.

The Suns continue their series with Mississippi at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, when Suns left-hander Matt Tracy (2-3) is scheduled to face Braves left-hander Jed Bradley (6-5). Gates open at 2 p.m.

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