By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Suns (10-14) lose in walk-off fashion for a second straight night to the Chattanooga Lookouts (13-11) by a 2-0 score courtesy of Byron Buxton’s two-run home run in the ninth Monday night from AT&T Field.
Hear from Suns Manager David Berg Postgame:
Zack Jones (W, 1-0) earned the victory out of the bullpen for Chattanooga tossing a scoreless ninth relinquishing two hits while striking out a pair of batters. Casey McCarthy (L, 0-1) took the loss for Jacksonville after entering in the ninth and allowing the game-winning home run to Buxton.
After eight scoreless innings at AT&T field, Carlos Paulino would start out the ninth frame with a walk for Chattanooga to then be moved into scoring position via a sac bunt by Heiker Maneses. Then Buxton (HR, 3) stepped to the plate against Suns reliever Casey McCarthy, who would relinquish the walk-off two-run home run to clinch Chattanooga’s 2-0 victory.
Kendry Flores provided his strongest outing of the year tossing eight scoreless frames surrendering only one hit while walking a batter and striking out five in a no decision. Lookouts starter D.J. Baxendale worked 6 and 1/3 scoreless innings allowing three hits while walking four and striking out six in his start for the Lookouts.
The Suns and will open up a five-game series with the Mobile BayBears Tuesday night with a first pitch slated for 7:35 p.m. ET from Hank Aaron Stadium. The Suns will send out right-hander Austin Brice (0-2, 6.48 ERA) while the BayBears will throw righty Brandon Sinnery (2-1, 1.61 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, AM 600/ FM 100.3 The Answer or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:20 p.m. ET
The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.
Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: