The Miami Marlins Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns bounced back over the past week, taking the final two games of their series against the Mississippi Braves before picking up an 8-2 victory over the Birmingham Barons in the 20th annual Rickwood Classic on Wednesday.
The Rickwood Classic takes place each year at Birmingham's Rickwood Field, which opened on August 18, 1910. The ballpark is older than Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, and is America's oldest professional stadium when it is in use once a year by the Barons for the event. 110 Baseball Hall-of-Famers have played there, including the likes of Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Harmon Killebrew, and Christy Mathewson.
The Suns and Barons had throwback uniforms to get in the spirit of the event, and the game featured a five-hit performance by David Adams as the Suns won by six runs.
Here is a game-by-game recap of last week's action for the Suns:
The Suns trailed throughout the game, and down 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth did put together a pair of runs on Kenny Wilson and Zack Cox sacrifice flies to make it a one-run game. Jacksonville couldn't rally back in the ninth, and Jake Esch took the loss for the Suns.
Austin Brice had a rough start to his night, allowing three runs to the Braves in the first inning. Brice also gave up a pair of runs in the third as he took his fourth loss of the year and his ERA jumped up to 8.55. Zack Cox led the way for Jacksonville at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles as the Suns were shutout for the eighth time this season.
Trevor Williams got the Suns back on track with six and a third scoreless innings of work where he only allowed five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. A first inning RBI single by Austin Nola and an RBI groundout by Ryan Rieger scored two runs in the first, the only scoring plays of the game. Sean Donatello earned the save when second baseman Terrence Dayleg made a diving catch into right field to seal the victory.
On Memorial Day Jacksonville picked up a 5-3 win over Mississippi. Matt Juengel led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with three RBI. With the scored tied at three in the seventh, Juengel's RBI single put the Suns ahead for good. Sean Donatello earned his second save in a less than 24 hour span as he kept the Braves off the board.
The Suns offense was strong at America's Oldest Ballpark, with David Adams collecting Jacksonville's first five hit day of the season. Terrence Dayleg also shined going 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, and Matt Juengel homered for the first time this month in the victory. Kendry Flores earned the win with six strong innings where he only allowed two runs on four hits.
The Suns looked primed for their fourth straight win, yet squandered a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning. After Craig Stem allowed a run in the eighth, Sean Donatello blew a save by allowing a run in the ninth to tie the game. In the bottom of the tenth, Christian Marrero started the inning with a triple, and then Birmingham's Danny Hayes brought him home on a walkoff RBI single to end the game. Viosergy Rosa had one of his best days at the plate, going 2-for-4 with four RBI.
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