By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns (6-6, 35-46) split a pair of contests with the Chattanooga Lookouts (2-9, 45-34) after falling in the opener 5-0, they would go on to win game four of the series 5-4 Tuesday night from Bragan Field.
Hear from Suns manager David Berg postgame:
Alex Muren (W, 1-0) earned the victory out of the bullpen for Chattanooga hurling a pair of scoreless frames in which he walked one and did not record a strikeout. Jake Esch (L, 6-5) lasted four innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits (one home run) while walking one and striking out two in his start for Jacksonville.
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, off of Suns reliever Josh Hodges into the bleachers in right, to push Chattanooga’s scoreboard advantage to 3-0.
When both teams resumed play on Tuesday night, in the top of the seventh the Lookouts added to their lead courtesy of Levi Michael’s (HR, 3) two-run home run making the tally 5-0 in Chattanooga’s favor.
Josh Hodges out of the bullpen for Jacksonville worked three frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on two hits (one home run) while walking one and striking out two. Sean Donatello in his first game back since coming off the disabled list worked a pair of scoreless frames in relief for the Suns.
In game two, Matt Tomshaw (W, 4-5) worked five innings allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits while not walking a batter and striking out two. Tim Shubuya (L, 0-3) in a spot start from Chattanooga lasted two and one third innings surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits while not walking or striking out a batter. Juancito Martinez (S, 6) generated a scoreless ninth while walking one for his sixth save of the year for Jacksonville.
The scoring would begin in the top of the second, after a pair of hits from Viosergy Rosa and Ryan Rieger set the table for Zack Cox’s RBI single scoring Rosa, followed by Rieger touching home on an error by Niko Goodrum. Suns would lead 2-0 through two innings of play.
Onto the bottom of the third Jacksonville tacked on three runs courtesy of a sac fly by J.T. Riddle, RBI triple by David Adams, and a RBI single by Viosergy Rosa to make the tally 5-0.
In the top of the fourth Chattanooga worked a three-spot after an Adam Brett Walker run-scoring single, Niko Goodrum RBI sacrifice fly, and Stuart Turner’s RBI single to make it a 5-3 ballgame.
To the top of the fifth the Lookouts made it a one-run contest after a Kennys Vargas run-scoring single made it a 5-4 score
The Suns and Lookouts will square off again Wednesday night in the series finale from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out right-hander Scott Lyman (0-3, 7.85 ERA) while the Lookouts will counter with righty David Hurlbut (3-4, 6.37 ERA).
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Here are highlights from tonight’s contests: