Suns' Nine-Run Rally Falls Short

In an abbreviated, two-game schedule, Jacksonville dropped behind 12-3 but rallied for nine runs in the last two innings before losing 13-12. Mike Megrew was battered in the loss. Inland Empire was held hitless into the seventh, had a pair of chances to win but lost 4-2 to Stockton.

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Huge Rally Not Enough-- It isn't often we can report that a Dodger farm club scored nine runs in the last two innings -- and lost -- but that happened against West Tenn Wednesday night.

The Suns, trailing 12-3, rattled off four runs in the eighth and five in the ninth but a stray Diamond Jaxx runs in the bottom of the eight tipped the balance and Jacksonville lost a 13-12 decision.

West Tenn pounded Mike Megrew for 14 hits and 11 runs (seven earned)and the dazed lefthander exited the game down 11-3. Megrew came into the game with a 2.85 earned run average over his first three starts and left with a 4.70 mark behind his name.

Down 8-0 in the top of the fifth, Marshall McDougall doubled and Luke Allen walked and Alberto Concepcion singled to load the bases. Juan Gonzalez's sac fly scored the first Jacksonville run and Chin-Lung Hu singled to load them up again and a two-out double by Xavier Paul drove in the next two runs.

Four runs clattered across the plate in the top of the eighth on a two-run home run by Tony Raglani (#5) and after a double by Allen, Concepcion also smacked a two-run homer (#2).

Now down 13-7 in the top of the ninth, Luis Maza doubled and Paul, John Lindsey and Raglani walked to force over the first run. After Marshall McDougall hit a sacrifice fly, Allen's single brought home a third run and Concepcion walked to reload the bases. Juan Gonzalez's two-run single brought the Suns to within one and it looked as if the Suns might pull of a monumental comeback. However, Hu bounced into a game-ending double play, the throw just nipping the Jacksonville shortstop at first base.

Raglani and Concepcion drove in three runs for the Suns (11-9), while Allen went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

The Suns committed two errors, their eighth consecutive game with an error, and costing Megrew four unearned runs.

The Suns have today off, then return to action Friday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville against the defending Southern League champion Montgomery Biscuits.
 Score by Innings
Jacksonville	000 030 045-12
West Tenn	401 303 11x-13

 Jacksonville	ab  r  h  bi  ave
CHu ss	        6  0  1  1  .321
Maza 2b	        3  1  1  0  .212
Paul cf	        4  1  2  1  .264
Lindsey 1b	3  2  0  0  .196
Raglan lf	4  2  2  3  .303
McDougall dh	4  1  1  1  .289
Allen rf	4  3  2  1  .230
Concepcion c 	4  2  2  2  .160
JGonzalez 3b	4  0  2  3  .185
 Totals	        36 12 13 12
 West Tenn	40 13 17 12

 Errors- Concepcion (3), Allen (2). 
2B- McDougall (6), Paul (5), Raglani 
(6), Allen (3), Meza (2). HR- Raglani 
(5), Concepcion (2). RBI- JGonzalez (4), 
Hu (8), Paul (8), Raglani (17), 
Concepcion (5), McDougall (16), Allen 
(5). LOB-7, West Tenn 6.

 Jacksonville	in   h  r-er bb  so  era
Megrew (1-1)	6.0 14  11-7  3  4  4.70
Ellis	        2.0  3   2-2  0  0  6.00
 T- 3:04. Att- 984.
Stockton Hits Sixer's Bullpen-- Stockton couldn't do much with Inland Empire starter James McDonald (0-2), who allowed only two hits and a single run over the first six innings. But the Sixers were held hitless until two out in the seventh before singles by Lucas May and Tony Harper, plus a walk to Drew Locke loaded the bases with two out.

Stockton scored three runs in the seventh off Carlos Alvarez, two coming on a home run, to take a comfortable 4-0 lead.

But in the eighth, Adam Godwin walked and Ryan Rogowski doubled him to third. Ivan De Jesus' groundout drove in the first Sixer run and May's single plated another. Travis Denker added a two-out single as Inland Empire threatened to get back in the game but they could get no closer.

Shane Justis walked and Russell Mitchell was hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth but after a sac bunt, Stockton retired the final two hitters to lock up the win.
 Score by Innings
Inland Empire	000 000 020-2
Stockton	100 000 30x-4

 Inland Empire	ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rogowski lf	4  1  1  0  .268
De Jesus ss	5  0  0  1  .241
Dewitt 3b	4  0  0  0  .225
May c	        4  0  1  1  .370
Harper 1b	3  0  1  0  .171
 Denker ph-2B	1  0  1  0  .308
Locke rf	4  0  1  0  .271
Justis 2b-1b	1  0  0  0  .360
Nicholson dh	2  0  0  0  .316
 Mitchell ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .344
Godwin cf	2  1  0  0  .135
 Totals	        31 1 5 2
 Stockton	28 4 6 4

 2B- Rogowski (7). RBI- De Jesus (5), 
May (26). RBI- May. SB- Rogowski (8).
HBP- McDonald, Mitchell. LOB- (9), 
Stockton (5).

 Inland Empire	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
McDonald (0-2) 	6.0  2  1-1  0  7  5.89
Alvarez	        1.0  2  3-3  1  1  7.62
Leach	        1.0  2  0-0  2  1  0.63
 WP- McDonald, Alvarez. T- 2:44. Att- 3,839.
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