By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Suns (29-36) generated an eight-run seventh to help top the Chattanooga Lookouts (39-25) 8-4 Wednesday night from AT&T Field.
Blake Logan (W, 3-1) twirled a scoreless and hitless one and two-thirds innings while not walking a batter and striking out two out of the bullpen for Jacksonville. Nick Burdi (BS, 2) (L, 3-4) did not retire a Sun allowing five runs (all earned) on three hits while walking two and not striking out a batter in the loss for Chattanooga.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the second when Max Kepler led off the frame with a triple to set up 90-feet away from home. Next batter Adam Brett Walker grounded a RBI single into right to leap the Lookouts to a 1-0 advantage. After a double by Mike Gonzales, two men were in scoring position for Stuart Turner’s run-scoring groundout that made the tally 2-0.
To the last of the fifth, and Niko Goodrum ripped a double to right field to set up in scoring position with one out. Two batters later Goodrum was knocked home courtesy of Kepler’s RBI single to give the Lookouts a 3-0 edge.
In the seventh inning, back-to-back base hits by Matt Juengel and David Adams set a pair of runners on base and also chased Lookouts starter Brett Lee from the ballgame. With reliever Nick Burdi now in the game, the Suns would get a run-scoring double by Terrence Dayleg, and a RBI infield single from Chadd Krist to tie the score at three. The bases now loaded, and Austin Nola worked a walk to bring in the go-ahead run and jump Jacksonville ahead 4-3. Then Juengel’s (HR, 12) grand slam off of Lookouts bullpen arm Jake Reed, jolted the Suns ahead 8-3 to complete Jacksonville’s eight spot in the frame.
In the bottom of the ninth the Lookouts got a solo run courtesy of a Kepler RBI single to make the final score of 8-4.
Suns starter Matt Tomshaw lasted five and one-third innings allowing surrendering three runs (all earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four in a no decision. Out of the bullpen Craig Stem worked a scoreless eighth for Jacksonville. Juancito Martinez hurled the ninth and would allow a run (earned) on one hit.
Michael Morse on a major league rehab assignment finished 0-for-5 at the plate with three strikeouts.
The Suns and Lookouts will square off once again Thursday night from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated for 7:15 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Jake Esch (5-3, 2.71 ERA) while the Lookouts will counter with left-hander David Hurlbut (2-2, 5.14 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Thursday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM & 100.3 FM “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 7:00 p.m. ET.
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: