By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (5-5, 34-45) and Chattanooga Lookouts (1-8, 44-33) will resume play of their suspended game in the top of the fifth inning at 5:35 p.m. ET with the Lookouts leading 3-0. That will be followed by a seven inning contest marking game four of the series.
In last night’s suspended game the scoring would begin in the top of the first, after Stephen Wickens collected a double, to then steal third. That was soon followed by a walk to Kennys Vargas that put runners on the corners for Max Keplers’ fielder’s choice RBI groundball leaping the Lookouts in front 1-0
In the top of the fourth, Kepler reached on an error by second baseman Terrence Dayleg, then to get knocked in courtesy of Adam Brett Walker’s RBI double to make it a 2-0 Lookouts lead.
To lead off the fifth Aderlin Mejia (HR, 1) laced a line drive solo home run into the bleachers in right to push Chattanooga’s scoreboard advantage to 3-0.
Tonight’s pitching matchup in the night cap will feature left-hander Matt Tomshaw to be opposed by Chattanooga lefty David Hurlbut. Tomshaw enters this start 3-5 alongside an impressive 2.78 ERA in 19 appearances and eight starts with the Suns. The Jacksonville University product was impressive in his last start against Pensacola, in which he would work seven innings surrendering two runs (both earned) on three hits (one home run) while walking one and striking out five. In the month of June he entered the starting rotation, and opened eyes posting a record of 3-0 to along with a 1.75 ERA in five games and four starts. The southpaw is a former 42nd round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 draft and was picked up by the Marlins via the Rule-5 draft. In a pair of appearances (one start) against the Lookouts this year he has allowed six runs (all earned) on 12 hits.
Hurlbut will take the mound with a 3-4 mark attached alongside a 6.37 ERA in seven starts with Chattanooga. The California native spent time this year with the High-A Fort Myers Miracle before his call up on 6/1. With the Miracle, Hurlbut he pitched in a pair relief appearances, and did not allow a run. The 25-year old is a former 28th round selection of the Twins in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal State Fullerton.
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 5:20 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 For Game Two: CHA: LHP David Hurlbut (3-4, 6.37ERA) vs. JAX: LHP Matt Tomshaw (3-5, 2.78 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 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.