By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-11) fell victim to a potent Chattanooga Lookouts (10-11) lineup en route to a 7-3 loss Friday night from AT&T field.
Lookouts starter Tyler Duffey (W, 1-2) earned his first victory of the year tossing a strong seven innings allowing three earned runs on four hits while walking a pair and striking out four. Suns starter Jake Esch (L, 2-1) lasted four innings allowing five earned runs on eight hits while not walking a batter and striking out two.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first when the Lookouts had two men aboard for DJ Hicks, who would lace a RBI double to send home Byron Buxton to give the Lookouts a 1-0 lead. Later in the frame Chattanooga tacked on a pair of runs on one swing, courtesy of Travis Harrison’s two-run double that would create 3-0 cushion over the Suns through one inning of play.
Moving to the third the Lookouts added a solo run after Adam Walker’s RBI base knock gave his squad a 4-0 scoreboard advantage through three frames at AT&T field.
In the fourth frame Byron Buxton’s RBI sacrifice fly sent home Levi Michael pushing Chattanooga’s lead to 5-0.
Jacksonville produced a three-spot in the top of the fifth. Sharif Othman’s run-producing double, a Duffey wild pitch, and Justin Bohn’s RBI ground out brought the deficit to 5-3.
The last of the fifth saw a run come across for the Lookouts, after Austin Nola’s throwing error from shortstop after gloving a groundball off the bat of Walker, made the tally 6-3.
Jorge Polanco’s RBI double sent home Buxton in the last of the sixth swelling Chattanooga’s advantage to 7-3.
Greg Nappo tossed three innings allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in his appearance out of the bullpen. Blake Logan hurled the eighth for Jacksonville allowing one hit while striking out a batter.
The Suns and Lookouts will square off again Saturday night from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated for 7:15 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Trevor Williams (0-2, 3.63 ERA) while the Lookouts will throw righty Jose Berrios (2-1, 3.27 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Saturday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM/600AM WBOB or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: