Spring Training ends with slugfest against Suns

Stanton hits RBI double; Double-A prospect Rosa crushes slam in nine-run inning

Spring Training ends with slugfest against Suns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Viosergy Rosa continued his torrid hitting from a year ago, connecting for a grand slam in the seventh inning to lift the Double-A Jacksonville Suns to a 14-8 win over the Marlins in an exhibition game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon.

Rosa played 20 games the last month of the 2014 season for the Suns, leading them into the postseason, where he won the Most Valuable Player Award during the club's run to the Southern League championship. His blast keyed a nine-run inning that also featured a three-run homer from catcher Sharif Othman.

The big inning spoiled the return to Jacksonville for seven Marlins players who played for the Suns. Included in that group is Miami's starting outfield of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.

Most of the Marlins starters were pulled from the lineup after two at-bats. Stanton had an RBI double in the first inning and walked in his two plate appearances.

It was the final tuneup for the Marlins, who open their regular season Monday in a three-game home series with the Atlanta Braves.

The exhibition game was just that, with a total of 43 players seeing action. The Marlins used 20 position players and six pitchers, three of whom were wearing Suns uniforms. Miami wrapped up two days of action against its affiliates after having played the Class A ballclub, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, on Friday.

Miami manager Mike Redmond said the two exhibition games were special to those who played some of their Minor League ball in those cities.

"You go through every step in the Minor Leagues to get to the big leagues, and each step helps you along the way," Redmond said. "There's no doubt that the guys enjoyed their experience here in Jacksonville and have fond memories. It's nice for us to come back and give those guys a chance to say thanks to the fans and reunite with some old friends, even if it's just for a short time."

Seven current Marlins players spent time in Jacksonville in the Minors. Stanton spent the last half of the 2009 season with the Suns in leading them to the Southern League championship and the first 51 games of the 2010 season as well. The Suns went on to win another league title that season.

"I really enjoyed my time in Jacksonville. I enjoyed the big fan base when I was here and it's awesome to see them come out today and see some familiar faces," Stanton said. "I remember what a great feeling it was winning that championship in 2009. And then I was part of that team the following year that went on and won another one, so I got to play on two championship teams while I was here."

Jeff Elliott is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.