Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suns' Defense Helps Darwin Earn Victory

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suns' Defense Helps Darwin Earn Victory

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Jacksonville Suns pitcher David Darwin has been a standout

performer in his last two outings. But in addition to his

performance on the mound, Darwin can thank his teammates for

some stellar defense last night.

The Suns came up with several big defensive plays that allowed

Darwin to cruise to a 5-2 win over the Birmingham Barons, giving

the Suns a three-game sweep of the series in front of 4,548 at

Wolfson Park.

"The defense played well behind him," Suns manager Dave

Anderson said. "He got a lot of ground balls today."

After a slow second-half start, the Suns (6-5) have now won

five of their last six games to climb above the .500 mark for

the first time.

Darwin (8-2) pitched his second consecutive complete game,

allowing just six hits while striking out 10 -- a season-high

for a Suns pitcher -- and walking two. He threw only 99 pitches

and never threw more than six pitches to any hitter.

"He threw the ball well," Anderson said. "It was another game

where he threw strikes."

Shortstop Derek Mitchell went deep in the hole to throw out a

baserunner, and third baseman Carlos Villalobos turned a double

play with runners on first and third and one out and the Suns

clinging to a 3-2 lead. …

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