By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (10-11) look to rebound with a win against the Chattanooga Lookouts (10-11) tonight first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. ET Saturday night from AT&T field.
The Suns would generate a three-run fifth and nothing more at the plate in their 7-3 loss last night to the Lookouts.
Chattanooga’s 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.
Tonight’s contest will feature right-hander Trevor Williams taking the ball for the Suns against Lookouts righty Jose Berrios. Through four starts Williams has an 0-2 record attached with a 3.63 ERA. In his last start he lasted six innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three against Birmingham on 4/27. Coming into tonight he has posted the second-best BB/9 (1.61) in the Southern League. He’s been on the losing side in his last two if you date back to 4/21 in which he was tagged for five earned runs on eight hits against Biloxi. Jose Berrios will take the mound for Chattanooga, and he comes in with a 2-1 record alongside a 3.27 earned-run mark. Berrios currently sits third-best in the S.L. in strikeouts (28) and second in K/9 (11.45). His last outing came on 4/27 against the Tennessee Smokies in which he earned his second win of the year hurling six frames allowing a solo run on two hits while walking four and striking out five. Berrios is a former first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins organization back in 2012 after playing in Puerto Rico.
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Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-11) @ Chattanooga Lookouts (10-11)
Starters: JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (0-2, 3.63 ERA) vs. CHA: RHP Jose Berrios (2-1, 3.27 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Suns catcher Sharif Othman is in the midst of a four-game hit streak while batting .500 with runners in scoring position and nine RBI.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Matt Juengel comes into tonight leading the Southern League in games played (22) and sits second in total at-bats (86). Starter Kendry Flores has held opponents to a .175 average, which is good for third in the league. Sean Donatello is tied for the league’s best mark in saves (6), and is second in fewest baserunners per nine innings (5.59) while controlling the fourth-lowest BB/9 (0.93), and possessing .147 batting average against which is good for fifth-best.