JACKSONVILLE, FL – Jacksonville’s John Otness broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-out, two-run single to left center field against Jeremy Hall, and the Suns (79-58) blanked the Biscuits (71-64) 3-0 at the Baseball Grounds on Friday night.
Otness’ hit came against Biscuits starter Jeremy Hall, who had allowed only one Suns hit through the game’s first five innings. Ozzie Martinez and Vinny Rottino began the sixth with back-to-back singles before Otness dealt the decisive blow with a 2-2 count.
The insurance run came in the eighth inning when catcher Matt Spring sailed a throw to third.
The Biscuits had their chances in the game against five different Suns pitchers, despite getting only five hits on the night. They stranded seven runners total and went 1-7 with runners in scoring position, including a Spring strikeout with runners at the corners to finish the game.
Hall (6-9) was pulled after six, striking out four but walking four. Todd Doolittle (4-4) tossed a pair of scoreless relief innings for the Suns to get the win. Jose Ceda (6) picked up the save.
Mike Folli led the Biscuits offense with a 2-3 night.
LHP Alex Torres will toss for the Biscuits on Saturday night in the second game against RHP Elih Villanueva. Depending on the outcome of the Mobile/Huntsville game, the Biscuits will either be 2.0 or 3.0 games out of the wild card with three games left.