JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Despite a three-run first inning, the Jacksonville Suns dropped game three of a five-game series to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4-3 in a rain-shortened six-inning contest at Bragan Field.
"We had a three-run lead and just didn't get it done," said Suns manager Andy Barkett. "We also could have come out on the other side of this and been rained out with a victory. It was tough luck for us, but you can't control the weather."
Jacksonville jumped on Blue Wahoos starter Ryan Dennick for a trio of runs in the bottom of the first. Mark Canha drove in two with a single to right field and Danny Black's RBI single made it a quick 3-0 Suns lead.
Left-hander Adam Conley (7-3) made the Monday start for Jacksonville and appeared to have his best stuff on hand through the first three innings, posting scoreless frames in each to keep his team in front.
The Blue Wahoos rallied in the fourth, however, to take the lead and, subsequently, the game. Travis Mattair knocked in a run with an RBI single off Conley to make the score 3-1, and Pensacola loaded the bases with one out two batters later. With Brodie Greene batting. Suns catcher J.T. Realmuto was called for catcher's interference to force in another run and further decrease Jacksonville's advantage.
Conley's mound opponent Dennick followed with a two-run single that proved to be the game's winning hit. Each pitcher followed with scoreless frames into the top of the sixth, when the game was delayed due to rain beginning at 1:46 p.m. ET.
A little more than an hour later, the game was officially called due to rain, giving Pensacola its first victory of the series and dealing the Suns their fifth loss of the season's second half.
The Suns can still earn a series win in game four of the five-game set on Tuesday, set for a 7:05 p.m. ET start. Jacksonville will turn to right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (2-0, 2.08), while Pensacola is slated to send right-hander Daniel Renken (2-6, 3.97) to the hill.
Suns fans can listen to Tuesday's game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET with Suns Sunday on the UF Health Suns Pre-Game Show.
Fifty Cent Family Feast returns to Bragan Field on Tuesday, and it's also Racing Night, Blood Drive & Gate Tuesday Night Tickets. Fans should be sure to wear the colors of their favorite driver for their chance to win racing prizes including tickets to the Coke Zero 400, courtesy of Daytona International Speedway.
Also, the Geico #13 car driven by Casey Mears will be on hand along with the Bug Out Nationwide car from Scott Lagasse racing and the Geico Bike as seen on "American Chopper". Fans may enjoy $.50 hot dogs, peanuts and ice cream treats, sponsored by Oscar Mayer, Hampton Farms, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Folio Weekly and 99.9 Gator Country. Fans can present a receipt from any local GATE Convenience Store at the Suns Box Office for Buy One-Get-One Tickets.
The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will also be at Bragan Field, and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood. The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game, a hot dog and soda voucher and a special Suns gift.