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Lookouts Handle Suns 10-2

The Jacksonville Suns fall to the Lookouts at the Baseball Grounds. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Jacksonville Suns lost 10-5 to the Chattanooga Lookouts on Wednesday afternoon.  The Lookouts have won the first two games against the Suns scoring a total of 14 runs in their first road series of the season.  Last year Chattanooga won 41 times away from home, the most road wins of any team in the Southern League. 

The Suns started quickly in the first inning when Lookouts starter Ethan Martin had trouble with his control.  He walked the bases loaded, and with Jake Smolinski, Paul Gran and Kyle Jensen aboard he issued a free pass to Curt Smith to force in the first run of the day.  Smolinski walked three times in the game.  It was Smith’s fourth run batted in this year.  Kyle Skipworth made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to center, with Gran scoring from third.  For Skipworth, it was his third sacrifice fly of the season. 

The lead was a brief one for the Suns.  In the second inning, Lookouts catcher Matt Wallach hit a 2-run home run to right to off of Suns starter Bryan Evans and the score was tied 2-2.  It was Wallach’s first home run of the season, and the second round-tripper that the Suns have surrendered in the first seven games. 

In the home half of the fifth, the Suns regained the lead when pitcher Bobby Bramhall singled and eventually moved around to third after a double play.  With two outs, Bramhall scored on a wild pitch by Jon Michael Redding to put the Suns ahead 3-2. 

Chattanooga had an answer in the seventh inning, when Louis Nunez doubled to left off Kyle Kaminska driving in a pair of runs to give the Lookouts a 4-3 lead.  Nunez finished the day 2-for-2 with for runs batted in.  

The Lookouts took command of the game in the eighth inning when they collected seven hits and scored six runs to increase their lead to 10-3.  Chattanooga batted around in the inning, with five different players driving in at least one run.  The Lookouts finished the day 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position. 

Louis Nunez, Pedro Baez, and Matt Wallach each had two hits for the Lookouts.  Donnie Webb went 2-for-2 for Jacksonville.  Paul Gran went 1-for-2 and scored a pair of runs. 

Kyle Jensen hit his first home run of the season in the eighth for Jacksonville to make it 10-5 but that’s as close as the Suns would get.  Bryan Evans pitched three and a third innings and allowed two runs on three hits.  Bobby Bramhill tossed two and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit.  Kyle Kaminska was the losing pitcher, giving up six runs on six hits in one and a third innings.  Suns pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts in the game and have now fanned 24 batters in the last two games.  Jon Michael Redding went two innings to pick up his first win of the season for the Lookouts. 

The middle game of the series is Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:35PM. 

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Lookouts Claim Series Opener With 4-3 Win

The Suns drop 4-3 decision to Chattanooga. Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Chattanooga Lookouts jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the second inning and edged the Suns 4-3 in the first of a five-game set on Tuesday night. 

The Lookouts entered the game after losing four-of-five at home to Tennessee in the first week of the season.  In those games Chattanooga scored 17 runs, with most of them coming in a 10-2 win.  On Tuesday, the Lookouts struck first at the Baseball Grounds.   After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning against Jacksonville starter Joey O’Gara, the Lookouts jumped out in front in the second inning when they loaded the bases again.  That set the table for J.T. Wise, who drove in two runs with an infield single to make it 2-0.  Kyle Russell followed with and RBI single to center to make the score 3-0. 

Donnie Webb led off the Suns half of the third inning with a walk, and eventually came around to score on a Jeff Dominguez single to cut the Lookouts lead to 3-1.  The Suns threatened later in the inning, but Jake Smolinski was thrown out at the plate trying to score after a Shawn Bowman single, and that ended the rally. 

In the fourth inning, the Suns made it 3-2 when Kyle Skipworth scored on an infield hit by O’Gara.  It was the first hit by a Suns pitcher this season.  Smolinski singled to right later in the inning to drive in Donnie Webb and that tied the score 3-3.  Skipworth and Smolinski were both 2-for-4 in the game.  Smolinski drove in his first run of the season. 

But that would be all for the Suns offensively.  Chattanooga took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth when Pedro Baez doubled to left field, and Blake Smith drove him home with a double of his own to right field. 

The winning pitcher was Allen Webster.  He went six innings to improve to 1-1 on the season.  Webster allowed nine hits and three runs, he also struck out three.  Shawn Tolleson earned his first save of the season sitting the Suns down in order in the ninth. 

Suns starter Joey O’Gara suffered the loss and is now 1-1 on the season.  O’Gara pitched five innings allowing six hits and four runs, only one of which was earned.  He walked only two batters while striking out seven.  The trio of Josh Schmidt, Wade Korpi, and A.J. Ramos combined to pitch four innings and struck out a total of seven more Chattanooga hitters.  For the game, the Suns pitching staff struck out 14. 

Game two of the series between Chattanooga and Jacksonville is Wednesday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 PM.  Ethan Martin will take the mound for the Lookouts with Bryan Evans making a spot start for the Suns.

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