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8-Run First Inning Fuels Suns to 8-3 Win

Adkins strikes out a career-high nine batters
June 23, 2016

PEARL, Miss. - The Jacksonville Suns (1-0, 31-40) defeated the Mississippi Braves (0-1, 34-36) by an 8-3 score in the first game of the five-game series at Trustmark Park on Thursday night.

The Suns scored all eight of their runs in the first inning en route to the win that begins the second half of the 2016 season. Jacksonville starter Hunter Adkins (1-1) earned the win by pitching six innings where he allowed three runs on four hits with a walk and a career-high nine strikeouts. Mississippi starter Andrew Thurman (1-6) took the loss, allowing seven runs on one hit with six walks and a strikeout, as he only recorded two outs in Jacksonville's 8-run first inning.

After Thurman walked the bases to start the game, Moises Sierra cashed in with a two-run double to give Jacksonville a 2-0 lead. A wild pitch later brought in the third run, before Suns pitcher Adkins drew a two-out bases loaded walk to give the Suns a 4-0 advantage, and Thurman was taken out of the game. Braves reliever Jed Bradley then gave up a two-run double to Yefri Perez to make it 6-0, before J.T. Riddle capped the rally with a two-run single to give the Suns an 8-0 lead.

The Braves scored two runs in the bottom of the second before Adkins settled into a groove, setting down 12 batters in a row until Mississippi's Dansby Swanson hit a solo homer to put the score at 8-3, which would be the final. The Suns only had one hit and four baserunners in the last eight innings after the 8-run top of the first. Suns relievers Tyler Higgins and Sean Donatello didn't allow any Braves runs to finish the game.

The Suns and Braves will continue the series with the second game of the five-game set tomorrow night at Trustmark Park at 8 p.m ET. The Suns will start right-hander Patrick Johnson (3-3, 4.45 ERA) against Mississippi right-hander Victor Mateo (0-2, 4.26 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Suns Baseball Network, beginning at 7:45 p.m. with the pregame show "Suns On Deck" on FM 102.3 The Beach, the TuneIn Radio app, and

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