The Jacksonville Suns (3-5, 32-45) will square off with the Chattanooga Lookouts (1-6, 44-31) to kick off the July fourth weekend at 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
The Lookouts will enter tonight’s series opener 1-6 in the second half and 44-31 overall, after taking a first-half North Division crown and guaranteeing their spot in the Southern League playoffs. With the call-ups of top prospects in the Twins’ organization Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Jose Berrios, the Lookouts have started the second half losing six of their first seven contests. Chattanooga has had Jacksonville’s number this year winning eight of the 10 meetings, all of which were at AT&T Field. Max Kepler will be a player to watch for the Lookouts as he currently controls the league’s best batting average (.341).
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature right-hander Trevor Williams to be opposed Chattanooga lefty Brett Lee. Williams enters this start 3-7 alongside a 4.57 ERA in 14 starts for the Suns this year. He has made a pair of starts in 2015 against Chattanooga, and has worked to a 6.00 ERA saddled with an 0-1 mark, as he’s allowed six earned runs in a total of nine innings of work.
Lee will step to the mound 0-1 with an ERA of 5.16 in four starts. He received a call up from the High-A level to make his first career double-A start on June 5th against Tennessee. He has made one start against Jacksonville this year and provided longevity in six and a third innings of work surrendering two runs (both earned) in a 82-pitch performance and a no decision. Last year the former 10th round selection of the Twins in the 2011 draft was a Mid-Season All Star in the Florida State League.
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 the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
The Homestand kicks off on Saturday, Independence Day and don’t miss our 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, Red, White and Blue Patriotic Jersey Auction and Blood Drive! The Suns are celebrating Independence Day with the Biggest Fireworks Show of the season after the game, courtesy of Brumos Automotive! Also the Suns salute the Military by wearing special Patriotic jerseys which will be available to buy in our silent auction during the game to benefit the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. You can win the jersey off of your favorite player’s back, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, CW17 & 99.9 Gator Country! The Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be at Bragan Field and the Suns encourage all fans to donate blood! The first 25 donors receive 2 tickets to the game and a hot dog and soda voucher!
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.
Matchup: Chattanooga Lookouts (1-6, 44-31) @ Jacksonville Suns (3-5, 32-45)
Starters: CHA: LHP Brett Lee (0-1, 5.16 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (3-7, 4.57 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 26 of his last 29 games, and during that stretch he has manufactured a .355 average (39-for-110). David Adams has a seven-game hit streak after blasting his third home run of the year on Thursday night, and during the hit streak he’s hitting .435 (10-for-23). J.T. Riddle belted his first double-A home run on Monday and finished a single shy of the cycle, the Suns shortstop has now hit safely in four of the six games he has played in Jacksonville since his call up on 6/27. Matt Juengel mashed his 14th home run and collected his team-leading 46th RBI in Wednesday night’s 6-2 win.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Closer Sean Donatello (on DL) is first in saves (14) in the Southern League. Matt Juengel rests third in home runs (14) and fourth in total bases (127) while sitting fifth in RBI (46) and extra base hits (29). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (42). For relievers, Brian Ellington controls the best ratio of fewest baserunners/9IP (9.00), and the second-best average against (.196) while he’s controlling the fourth best K/9 ratio (9.69). Starter Austin Brice has the fourth-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.49). Kenny Wilson is knotted in second in games played (74). Starter Matt Tomshaw has the tenth-best ERA (2.78) in the S.L.