Miami Sports Day

SUNS: Sierra’s Three Hits Lift Jacksonville Over Blue Wahoos

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Jacksonville Suns right fielder Moises Sierra had a three-run home run among three hits, and Suns relievers combined for seven innings – including a perfect final three innings – in a 6-5 victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to clinch a second straight series win in front of 2,976 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Sunday afternoon.

Sierra gave the Suns (20-23) a first-inning lead with his home run to left field, after second baseman J.T. Riddle hit a two-out triple to center field and first baseman Brady Shoemaker walked against Blue Wahoos right-hander Nick Travieso.

In the second inning, left fielder Jeremias Pineda walked, stole second base, went to third base on a groundout and scored on a ground ball to the first-base side of the pitcher’s mound by Suns pitcher Jarlin Garcia. It was the first hit and first RBI for Garcia in 17 professional at-bats and gave his team a 4-0 lead.

Garcia returned to the Suns from four days on the roster of the major league Miami Marlins. Pitching in a game for the first time since May 10, he allowed a hit and two walks with two strikeouts. He was removed before the third inning for right-hander Hunter Adkins, who allowed Pensacola (25-19) to take the lead.

In the third inning, two walks and two-error play by third baseman Avery Romero scored a run before a two-out, two-run single by Blue Wahoos left fielder Tony Renda made it 4-3. In the fifth inning, first baseman Kyle Parker’s two-run home run – the only earned runs against Adkins in three innings – gave Pensacola a 5-4 lead.

The visitors had one more hit – a sixth-inning leadoff double – against Suns right-handers Tyler Bremer (one inning) and Tyler Kinley (two) and left-hander Raudel Lazo (one), who earned his first save.

Against Blue Wahoos right-hander Jimmy Moran (0-1), Sierra began the sixth inning with a single, catcher Francisco Arcia walked, and Pineda sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Romero hit a game-tying sacrifice fly, before pinch hitter Cam Maron reached on third baseman Eric Jagielo’s throwing error that gave Jacksonville its 6-5 lead.

The Suns conclude their series with Pensacola at 7:05 p.m. Monday, when Suns right-hander Patrick Johnson (1-1) is scheduled to face Blue Wahoos left-hander Amir Garrett (3-3). Gates open at 6 p.m.

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