By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Suns (29-39) were topped 7-4 by the Chattanooga Lookouts (42-25) Saturday night from AT&T Field.
Jake Reed (W, 3-2) generated a pair of scoreless innings while not allowing a hit or a walk and churning out three strikeouts out of the bullpen for Chattanooga. Blake Logan (L, 3-2) tossed a solo frame for the Suns in relief surrendering two runs (both earned) on two hits while not walking a batter and striking out two. Zach Jones (S, 10) hurled a scoreless ninth for the Lookouts for his 10th save of the year.
The scoring would begin in the top of the fourth when the Suns would get a leadoff double from Michael Morse, and a single from Matt Juengel to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Next batter Viosergy Rosa, then laced a two RBI double to bring in both runners and leap his squad in front 2-0. After a Zack Cox groundout placing Rosa at third, Terrence Dayleg would arch a RBI sacrifice fly to left to complete Jacksonville’s three run fourth.
To the bottom of the fourth, and the Lookouts would get on the board courtesy of a RBI single by Mike Gonzales, that came subsequent to a walk to Max Kepler and a Travis Harrison double. With Chattanooga now trailing 3-1, and the bases full for Heiker Meneses, he would generate a RBI base knock to bring in another run and keep the bases full in a 3-2 ballgame.
Flashing ahead to the seventh, the Lookouts worked a pair of runners on against Suns reliever Blake Logan who would then be replaced by bullpen arm Juancito Martinez. Martinez would walk the first batter he saw to load the bases with nobody out. Next batter for the Lookouts, Harrison, would come through with a bases clearing three RBI double that made the tally 5-3 in Chattanooga’s favor. The bases loaded once again in the frame, Stuart Turner would bounce into a double play to bring in a solo run and complete the four-run rally in the seventh with Chattanooga now leading 6-3.
In the top of the eighth frame Kenny Wilson worked a lead off walk against Lookouts reliever Nick Burdi to then steal second and move to third on a throwing error. Next man to the plate Carlos Lopez brought home Wilson with a RBI sac fly that trimmed the Suns deficit to 6-4.
To bottom half of the eighth, and Goodrum provided a run scoring single to right field pushing Chattanooga’s edge to 7-4.
Suns starter Trevor Williams worked five frames allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out seven.
The Suns and Lookouts will conclude their series to mark the end of the first half of the season Sunday afternoon from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated for 2:15 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Scott Lyman (0-1, 7.36 ERA) while the Lookouts will counter with right-hander Greg Peavey (6-2, 4.66 ERA).
Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 1:45 p.m. ET.
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contest: