Suns Outshine Wahoos 3-2

June 30, 2013

Noah Perio blasted his first homer of the year in the last of the seventh, snapping a 2-2 tie and sending the Jacksonville Suns to a 3-2 triumph over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Perio’s first round-tripper since April 22, 2012 came out of the blue against Wahoo reliever Josh Ravin who had retired all five hitters he had faced out of the Pensacola bullpen. Ravin took the loss to fall to 1-3 on the year, giving up the run on one hit in two innings with a strikeout and a walk.

Chad Rogers and Robert Morey dueled through five innings apiece to a 2-2 stalemate. Morey, starting for the first time since a complete game a week ago, held Pensacola hitless through 2.2 innings before Yorman Rodriguez singled home Brodie Greene, who had walked in the inning, with two outs in the third to give the Wahoos a 1-0 lead.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Jacksonville came back with two runs in the last of the third against Rogers. Morey and Jake Marisnick walked to start the frame and each moved up a base on a sac bunt. Morey scored on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto while Marisnick came around on an RBI single by Zack Cox to put the Suns on top 2-1 after three innings.

The Wahoos knotted the game up at two in the fifth on a similar formula. Greene walked to lead off the frame, was sacrificed to second and scored easily on Rodriguez’s two-out double.

Both starters received no decisions in the contest. Rogers, in his second start back off the DL, went five innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Morey matched him pitch-for-pitch, yielding two runs on four hits with three punch-outs and four walks in five frames.

Bryan Evans (1-3) picked up the win for the Suns with two scoreless innings of relief. Michael Brady picked up his 13th save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.

The five-game series continues with game two on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. CT. Tim Crabbe (3-6, 3.38) gets the ball for Pensacola.

by Kevin Burke

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