Miami Sports Day

SUNS: BayBears Strike Early to Take Series Finale

The Mobile BayBears scored seven runs in the first three innings, and right fielder Gabriel Guerrero and third baseman Gabriel Noriega each homered to help the visitors to an 11-4 win and fifth-game rubber match victory over the Jacksonville Suns in front of 4,466 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Thursday night.

Mobile (7-7) took the lead for good after the game’s first two batters, as shortstop Ildemaro Vargas and center fielder Todd Glaesmann hit consecutive doubles to left field against Suns left-hander Tim Berry (0-2). Left fielder Mitch Haniger followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 Mobile lead.

In the second inning, BayBears second baseman Jamie Westbrook had the first of his team-high three hits on a one-out double. Vargas drove in Westbrook with a single. The third inning began with Haniger’s single, Berry hitting first baseman Kevin Cron with a pitch, Guerrero’s RBI single, catcher Ronnie Freeman’s RBI infield single, and Westbrook’s RBI single in succession for a 6-0 BayBears lead.

Freeman scored when Noriega hit into a double play. The seven earned runs came on nine hits against Berry in his three-inning outing. But right-hander Victor Araujo followed with three scoreless innings.

Mobile right-hander Matt Koch allowed the first Jacksonville hit in the fourth inning, on shortstop J.T. Riddle’s single to right field. First baseman Brady Shoemaker doubled to right-center field, and Koch left the game after 3 2/3 innings following the Mobile staff’s examination of his throwing hand.

Right-hander Matt Stites (2-0) began by allowing a line drive by catcher Francisco Arcia off Stites’ back, and the ricochet popup to Vargas was dropped for an error. But Stites struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Guerrero and Noriega each hit two-run home runs off Suns left-hander Jose Jose in the seventh inning. The Suns scored twice in the eighth inning against left-hander Keith Hessler on RBI singles by Arcia and right fielder Jeremias Pineda. In the ninth inning, right-hander Adam Miller allowed Riddle’s third hit on an RBI double and Shoemaker’s RBI groundout.

The Suns open a series in Montgomery at 8:05 p.m. Friday, when Suns right-hander Jake Esch (2-1) is scheduled to face Biscuits right-hander Chih-Wei Hu (0-0).

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