Suns Cook the Blue Wahoos Early

Wandy Peralta was the starting pitcher for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He failed to finish the first inning, giving up five hits and a walk before departing with two out in the first with five runs already crossing the plate. Juan Perez made a critical error on a ball that could have been turned into a double play to gift wrap the last two runs. The Jacksonville Suns would ride the seven innings of pitching from Jake Esche to claim the 6-2 victory.

Carlos Lopez had the big first inning hit when he sailed one over the head of right fielder Juan Duran for a triple, scoring Kenny Wilson, who had started the game with a single. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases before Wandy could get the first out on a grounder to second. With runners on first and third and one out Terrence Dayleg bounced a one hopper at Perez who had it skip by his glove for an error. A two out RBI single by the pitcher Jake Esche ended the day for Peralta.

The Blue Wahoos tallied their first run in the fourth. Jesse Winker walked and an error by shortstop J.T. Riddle put runners at first and second with no out. Seth Mejias-Brean grounded into a double play at third, but the 6′7″ Juan Duran drove in Winker with a line single up the middle.

Matt Juengel got the run back for the Suns with a blast that barely cleared the fence in left field to give the Suns a 6-1 cushion. The Wahoos came right back after a Juan Duran walk and a triple from Juan Perez to make it 6-2. Yovan Gonzalez could have made the game more interesting by driving in the runner from third, but he stranded him with a swing and a miss. Brian Ellington came on to relieve Esche and retired the last batter to stem the threat.

Pensacola was unable to muster any kind of rally in the last two innings, despite the appearance of the rallyfish. Juan Duran hit a two out double in the ninth off the right centerfield fence but Juan Perez struck out for the final out of the game.

Game Notes: The sight lines for this stadium are excellent, with the fans watching the game while looking at the water of Pensacola Bay. A good 450 shot could carry into the water. If you arrive early enough you might see the Blue Angels work on their flight formations as they pass over the stadium. There was a full moon out and scattered thunder clouds hanging from the sky to make for an interesting post card picture moment…The mascot is Kazoo, a blue dinosaur like creature…Just like Mobile, only the video board was working to project the innings and score. The regular scoreboard was not working…The one downside with the park is the abundance of advertising. Every strikeout is a mention for roto rooter and a ball sailing out of play will get the ball smashing into car window sound, followed by an advertisement for car window repair…They had an eyeball race in the 6th inning. Different colored eyes racing against each other sponsored by an eye doctor…The Silver Wahoos, a group of older ladies who danced on the field was sponsored by a retirement planning group…A dark cloud passed over the field and inundated us with a ten to fifteen minute rain shower. It was not enough to postpone the game, but the fans left their seats. There is not a lot of cover to hide under at Wahoo Park…Juan Duran did not impress me with his defensive chops, but at 6′7″ if he can get his arms extended he could be a force…Jesse Winker also had a good offensive day going 2 for 3 with one walk. He also made a nice sliding catch…Myworld can’t say anyone on the Jacksonville Sons stood out…

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