By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Suns (29-40) fell short in their first half series finale with the Chattanooga Lookouts (43-25) by a 6-5 score Sunday afternoon from AT&T Field.
Brandon Peterson (W, 1-0) churned out two and one-third scoreless and hitless innings out of the bullpen for Chattanooga while not walking a batter and striking out five. Kyle Fischer (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) generated one inning out of the bullpen for Jacksonville allowing five runs (all earned) on four hits (two home runs) while walking and striking out a batter. J.T. Chargois (S, 5) nailed down his fifth save after tossing a scoreless ninth for the Lookouts.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first for Chattanooga, after Cosart offered up a pair of walks to Miguel Sano and Max Kepler, setting the table for Travis Harrison’s RBI single to push the Lookouts in front 1-0.
To the first of the fourth frame, and major league rehabber Michael Morse (HR, 1) blasted a solo home run to the opposite field in right center to tie the game at one.
In the first of the fifth frame, against Lookouts reliever Tim Shibuya, Jacksonville used three-straight base hits from Chadd Krist, Kenny Wilson, and Carlos Lopez to load the bases with one out. Following a strike out of David Adams, Morse then ripped a two RBI single to leap the Suns ahead 3-1.
In the sixth frame Jacksonville got their first two runners aboard subsequent to a Ryan Rieger double and a Zack Cox single with nobody out. Terrence Dayleg would bring in Rieger after a RBI groundout to make it a 4-1 contest. Kenny Wilson added a RBI triple to push Jacksonville’s scoreboard edge to 5-1.
With the Suns now turning to bullpen arm Fischer, Chattanooga would get a runner on prior to Adam Brett Walker’s (HR, 19) two run blast to trim Jacksonville’s edge to 5-3. Now with two runners on, it was Sano (HR, 13) who put the Lookouts on top with one swing after his three-run blast over the right field wall made the tally 6-5 in the Lookouts favor.
Jarred Cosart in his major-league rehab start for Miami worked five frames surrendering one run (earned) on three hits while walking six and striking out six. Brian Ellington hurled a scoreless pair of innings while striking out five in relief for the Suns.
The Suns will start the second half of their season against the Biloxi Shuckers on Thursday, June 25th with a first pitch of 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field. The starters have not been announced for either team.
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 6:50 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: