Pensacola is the first farm team in action today. Well, the first that there are any updates on. They will be hosting the Jacksonville Suns.
Shaun Ellis is on the mound and has twirled a three-inning shutout so far. Ellis is making his sixth start since being converted from the 'pen. Including today's work he has a 2.08 ERA as a starter. In 26 innings he has allowed 23 hits. He has walked just five while striking out 14.
Shaun Ellis is from the Indy leagues and is 26. Devin Lohman has the lone hit for the offensively-inept Wahoos. He led the home half of the first off with a single. Yorman Rodriguez has been struggling lately. His average is down to .274 and his OPS just slid under .700.
Jacksonville was gifted a run in the top of the fourth and lead 1-0. A walk and then an error on a fielder's choice (Lohman-22) put runners on 2nd and 3rd. A ground ball got the Suns off the schneid. They score without benefit of a hit. Pensacola goes down meekly in the bottom of the inning.
A quiet fifth for Ellis. Five innings, one hit, one unearned run. And a 1-2-3 sixth for the former Indy Leaguer.
Pensacola takes advantage of some Jacksonville sloppiness to plate a pair. Lohman strikes out but reaches first. Yorman doubles him home to tie the game. Marquez Smith singles in the go-ahead run. Pensacola leads 2-1 after six.
Ellis has now set now ten in succession. Final line: 7.0IP 1H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K. Josh Ravin is on. Ravin makes it 13 straight Suns to set down. Trevor Bell will come on in the ninth to try to shut the door. Bell gets the job done and Pensacola wins 2-1.
Bell has yet to give up an earned run in limited 2013 action. He is back in Pensacola after a brief stint in AAA. 11.1 scoreless innings in AA with 4 saves.