The Miami Marlins are once again making roster moves to their minor league system that will affect the Jacksonville Suns roster. This time, reliever Austin Brice has been promoted to the organization’s Triple-A affiliate New Orleans.
With the Suns Brice was 4-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 27 appearances and 13 starts. He was named a 2016 Southern League Midseason All-Star, and this is the first call-up to the Triple-A level in his career. The move to the bullpen will help Brice get to the major leagues a bit quicker. He was a starter at the beginning of the season, forming a solid trio with Jake Esch and Jarlin Garcia.
In a move that corresponds with the news about Brice, Miami has also announced that right-handed pitcher Andre Rienzo has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. Rienzo pitched an inning and two-thirds where he allowed a run on August 1 for the Hammerheads. Rienzo began the season at Triple-A New Orleans where he was 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 19 relief appearances and collected four saves. Rienzo has pitched in parts of three seasons in the major leagues for the Marlins (2015) and Chicago White Sox (2013-14), and was acquired by the Marlins in exchange for former Suns left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings on December 11, 2014.
The Suns will play two games today as part of a double-header with Biloxi. The Shuckers beat the Suns 3-0 in the first game Tuesday night, only to be rained out in the second contest.
Tuesday’s game was scoreless until the top of the second inning, when Shuckers third baseman Tom Belza and second baseman Javier Betancourt hit consecutive two-out singles against Suns right-hander Patrick Johnson (6-6). Catcher Dustin Houle then singled to center field, scoring Belza.
Betancourt took third base, and center fielder Alex Glenn’s errant throw past third base allowed Betancourt to score, giving Biloxi a 2-0 lead. The Shuckers (14-23 second half, 53-53 overall) added a run in the fourth inning, as first baseman Dustin DeMuth singled to right field, and shortstop Gabriel Noriega singled to left-center field, sending DeMuth to third base.
Betancourt hit a sacrifice fly to left field, but Noriega was retired at second base. Johnson lasted five innings, allowed three runs – two earned – on eight hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Right-handers Tayron Guerrero and Tyler Higgins each pitched scoreless innings for the Suns (17-20, 47-60).