The Miami Marlins Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns have had a tough road trip to this point, going 2-6 through the first eight games against Chattanooga and Mobile.
The Suns have two games left in Mobile tonight and Saturday before an off day Sunday and a series with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos starting on Monday in Jacksonville.
Here's a look back at those games from where we left off last week.
Chattanooga jumped on starter Jake Esch, handing him his first Southern League loss after he allowed five runs on eight hits during his four innings of work. Byron Buxton, the MLB.com No. 1 prospect for 2015, led the Lookouts by going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Once again the Lookouts scored early runs on a Suns starter, having a three-run bottom of the first off Trevor Williams. It was the Byron Buxton show again for Chattanooga, going 3-for-5 with a pair of triples and an RBI. Jacksonville was led by David Adams with a 3-for-4 performance with singles in his last three at-bats.
In a game that saw six lead changes, a season-high 13 runs on a season-high 17 hits wasn't enough for the Suns as Jacksonville fell to Chattanooga 14-13. Sean Ellington blew a save after he gave up a 12-9 lead in the eighth inning, and after the Suns led 13-12 in the ninth Sean Donatello blew his first save of the year as Chattanooga walked off a winner 14-13. David Adams had the best day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with 4RBI.
Kendry Flores pitched a brilliant eight scoreless innings, only allowing one hit and facing just one batter over the minimum in his time on the mound. Despite six hits the Suns could not push across a run, and in the bottom of the ninth Byron Buxton capped his impressive series for Chattanooga with a two-run walkoff homer off reliever Casey McCarthy to give the Lookouts a 2-0 win.
After a long bus ride through the night from East Tennessee to lower Alabama, the Suns dropped the first game of the Mobile series 8-6 at Hank Aaron Stadium. The BayBears at one point led 8-1 in the fifth inning before the Suns got back in the game with a run in the sixth and a four-run seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Zack Cox. Austin Brice took the loss for the Suns, dropping to 0-3 this season with an ERA of 8.02.
The Suns snapped a season-long five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win on Wednesday. Zack Cox was once again the spark plug for the Jacksonville offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and he scored both of the Suns' runs. Jake Esch was dominant on the mound with his seven scoreless innings, striking out eight batters. Sean Donatello got a six-out save despite allowing a ninth inning solo homer to Gerson Montilla.
Gerson Montilla continued wearing out the Suns with his third homer in as many days, this time a grand slam homer that highlighted a seven run bottom of the sixth as Mobile won 11-4. Trevor Williams picked up his fourth straight loss, allowing six runs on seven hits with four walks in his five innings pitched. Kenny Wilson smashed his third homer of the season in the loss for Jacksonville.
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