By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (5-5, 34-45) with a win tonight can claim a series victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts (1-8, 44-33) in game three of their five game set from Bragan Field at 7:05 p.m ET.
After last night’s 3-2 win, Jacksonville is now 11-16 overall in games decided by a solo run, and now 1-1 in the second half in tight one-run contests. Their only other one run game in the latter portion of the year came in a losing effort on 7/2 against Pensacola in a 2-1 loss.
Raudel Lazo (W, 1-0) earned the win in relief tonight for the Suns hurling a scoreless inning and two thirds. D.J. Johnson (L, 0-1) out of the bullpen for the Lookouts took the loss after posting an inning of work relinquishing one run (earned) while walking and striking out a solo batter. Juancito Martinez (S, 5) came in with one out in the ninth and allowed one hit after notching down his fifth save of the year for Jacksonville.
The scoring would begin in the bottom of the first after Carlos Lopez (HR, 3) sent a deep solo blast over the right field wall to make it 1-0 Jacksonville. In the same frame, the Suns would load the bases to bring in a run courtesy of an error on a Terrence Dayleg ground ball by Lookouts shortstop Niko Goodrum. The Suns would lead 2-0 through one inning of play. With two outs against Suns reliever Blake Logan, the Lookouts would get a walk from Max Kepler followed up by Adam Brett Walker’s RBI double to trim the Suns lead to 2-1 in the sixth. In the seventh, Niko Goodrum (HR, 2) blasted a solo home run over the right field wall to make it a tie game at two. In the bottom of the same frame, David Adams drove in Carlos Lopez to give the Suns a 3-2 lead, after Lopez led off the frame with a walk, to then move into scoring position courtesy of J.T. Riddle’s sac bunt.
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.
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Matchup: Chattanooga Lookouts (1-8, 44-33) @ Jacksonville Suns (5-5, 34-45)
Starters: CHA: LHP Jason Wheeler (0-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Jake Esch (6-4, 3.57 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games, and during that stretch he has manufactured a .347 average (41-for-118). He also extended his hitting streak to eight-games after homering in the first inning of Sunday’s win. David Adams has hit safely in eight of his last nine games while providing the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh of Sunday’s win. During the hit streak Adams is hitting .379 (11-for-29). Terrence Dayleg has provided a hit in three of his last four games while posting a .346 average at the plate in his last 10.
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), fourth in total bases (128), and fifth in RBI (47). 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 holding onto the third best K/9 ratio (9.69). Starter Austin Brice has the third-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.97). Kenny Wilson is knotted in second in games played (76). Starter Matt Tomshaw has the tenth-best ERA (2.78) in the S.L.