By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (10-12) look to stave off a series loss against the Chattanooga Lookouts (11-11) Sunday afternoon from AT&T field with a first pitch slated for 2:15 p.m. ET.
For the second straight night the potent Chattanooga lineup was able to set the tone with a three-spot in the first inning en route to a 6-3 win over Jacksonville.
Jose Berrios (W, 3-1) lasted six innings in his start for the Lookouts allowing three earned runs on eight hits while walking a pair and striking out nine in a victory. Suns starter Trevor Williams (L, 0-3) lasted four innings allowing four earned runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out two in a losing effort. Zack Jones (S, 6) earned the save tossing a scoreless ninth while striking out a solo batter.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first after Byron Buxton’s double to set the table for Jorge Polanco, who drove him home courtesy of his RBI double to give the Lookouts a 1-0 lead. In the same frame, Travis Harrison tacked on one more courtesy of his run-producing base knock, to make the tally 2-0. Chattanooga was not done, next batter Mike Gonzalez lined a RBI single to complete the three-spot. The score was now 3-0 through one inning of play.It was Sharif Othman (HR, 1) who got the Suns on the board first blasting a two-out solo shot over the right field wall to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the top of the second.In the third frame Chattanooga added to their lead. Mike Gonzalez’s RBI fielder’s choice brought home Miguel Sano who lead off the inning with a double. The score would now sit at 4-1 in the Lookouts favor.Jacksonville provided a pair of runs in the top of the sixth after Sharif Othman’s RBI infield single and Justin Bohn’s run scoring ground out with the bases loaded cut the Suns to within a run. Chattanooga would add to their lead plating two runs in the eighth off of Suns reliever Frankie Reed. Buxton’s RBI triple then Polanco’s run scoring single pushed the Chattanooga’s lead to 6-3 through eight frames at AT&T field.Craig Stem went a strong three scoreless innings in relief for Jacksonville not allowing a hit while walking one and striking out three.
Today’s pitching matchup will feature left-hander Chipper Smith taking the ball for the Suns, to be opposed by Lookouts righty Greg Peavey. Smith comes into this start having earned a no decision his last time out, tossing 6 and 2/3 innings allowing five earned runs on six hits. The southpaw has emerged has Jacksonville’s most consistent starter, and has picked up victories against Jackson on 4/11 and Biloxi on 4/21. Chattanooga will send Greg Peavey to the hill entering with a 1-1 record and a 9.16 earned-run mark. In his last start Peavey was tagged for five earned runs on eight hits over four innings against the Tennessee Smokies in what turned out to be a no decision. The Oregon State product is a former sixth-round pick of the New York Mets, and was acquired by the Twins as a Rule-5 draft pick in 2014. In his one loss, the native of Washington allowed 10 earned runs on 13 hits against Birmingham on 4/18.
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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 a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show, beginning at 1:45 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (10-12) @ Chattanooga Lookouts (11-11)
Starters: JAX: LHP Chipper Smith (2-0, 2.86 ERA) vs. CHA: RHP Greg Peavey (1-1, 9.16 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Suns catcher Sharif Othman now holds on to a five-game hit streak after finishing last night 2-for-4 with two RBI. Othman batting .500 with runners in scoring position alongside 10 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 (23), second in total at-bats (89), extra base-hits (11), and tied for third in total bases (42). Starter Kendry Flores has held opponents to a .175 average, which is good for fourth in the league. Sean Donatello is tied for the league’s best mark in saves (6), and is third in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (5.59) while controlling the fourth-lowest BB/9 (0.93), and possessing the fifth-best .147 batting average against.