By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (6-6, 35-46) and the Chattanooga Lookouts (2-9, 45-34) will get set for their series finale this afternoon from Bragan Field with a first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET.
Last night’s 5-4 win in game four of the series marked Jacksonville’s first series win of the second half, and their first since a five-game set played with Pensacola between the dates of 6/6-6/10. Overall the Suns have six series victories out of the 17 they have played in 2015, and at Bragan Field, they’ve have won four out of the nine five-game sets played.
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.
Today’s pitching matchup will feature Jacksonville right-hander Scott Lyman to be opposed by Chattanooga lefty David Hurlbut. Lyman comes into this start 0-3 with an ERA of 7.85 in four starts with the Suns. The righty in his last start against Pensacola on 7/3, would offer up two runs (both earned) on six hits (one home run) in four and a third innings of work in which he took the loss. Lyman prior to his stop here in Jacksonville, generated a 7-1 mark and a ERA of 1.61 in 11 starts with High-A Jupiter.
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 pitched in a pair of 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 12:50 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
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Matchup: Chattanooga Lookouts (2-9, 45-34) @ Jacksonville Suns (6-6, 35-46)
Starters: CHA: LHP David Hurlbut (3-4, 6.37 ERA) vs. JAX: RHP Scott Lyman (0-3, 7.35 ERA)
Who’s Hot: Carlos Lopez has hit safely in 29 of his last 33 games, and during that stretch he has manufactured a .336 average (42-for-125). David Adams has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games while providing a RBI triple Tuesday night’s 5-4 win. During this stretch for Adams, he is hitting .353 (12-for-34). Suns centerfielder Kenny Wilson has now hit safely in his last five games controlling the JAX’s longest current hit streak. Viosergy Rosa bursted onto the scene on Tuesday night finishing 4-for-5 at the plate in both games played, including a 3-for-3 game in the nightcap.
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), and fifth in total bases (128), and RBI (47). Viosergy Rosa sits fourth in walks generated (43). 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 fourth-best K/9 ratio for starters (9.97). Kenny Wilson is knotted in second in games played (78).