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Smokies Slug Three Home Runs To Down Suns

Tennessee shortstop Junior Lake hit a pair of two-run home runs in the Smokies 7-5 win over the Jacksonville Suns July 25, 2012 at the Baseball Grounds. Photo Courtesy: Tennessee Smokies

 By Steve Kolbe

The Tennessee Smokies powered past the Suns by hitting three home runs for the second straight game in a 7-5 victory Wednesday afternoon.  The Suns have given up 10 home runs in their last six games at the Baseball Grounds.
Suns starter Bryan Evans struggled with his control in the first inning, walking the first three batters of the game to load the bases.  Justin Bour drove in the first run of the day with a sacrifice fly to right field, with Junior Lake scoring to put the Smokies in front 1-0.  Bour leads the Southern League with 76 RBI’s. 
In the second inning Junior Lake connected for a two-run homer off of Evans to increase the Smokies lead to 3-0.  Lake has hit three of his six home runs this season against Suns pitching.
The Suns closed the gap in the home half of the second against Tennessee starter Dae-Eun Rhee.  With one out, Shawn Bowman reached on an error by first baseman Justin Bour.  Curt Smith then singled to center, and when center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha ran past the ball, Bowman went to third and Smith advanced to second.  Jake Jefferies knocked in both base runners with a single to center to cut the Smokies lead to 3-2. 
Jacksonville tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning when Danny Pertusati reached base on an infield single, and scored when pinch hitter Jose Duarte double into the left field corner.  After a single by Jake Smolinski put runners on the corners, Duarte hustled home on a ground out by Chris Gutierrez to put the Suns in front for the first time 4-3. 
Junior Lake hit his second two-run homer of the day off Suns reliever Jordan Conley in the top of the sixth, and the Smokies were on top 5-4.  Lake had a hand in all seven runs for the Smokies, driving in four of the  seven runs in the game, and scoring three others..  Nelson Perez added some insurance in the ninth inning when he belted the Smokies third two-run home run of the game to pad the lead to 7-4.  Danny Pertusati drove in a run in the Suns half of the ninth to make the final score 7-5.
The Smokies had at least one base runner in every inning on Wednesday.  In the series Tennessee has scored 16 runs on 23 hits.  The Smokies went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left a dozen men on base, including the bases loaded twice.
Suns starter Bryan Evans allowed three runs on three hits, and walked six batters in a season-low two and two-thirds innings.  Evans had walked a total of six batters in his previous four starts.  Jordan Conley (1-2) surrendered two runs on five hits in the loss.  Smokies starter Dae-Eun Rhee (7-5) allowed four runs on nine hits in the win.  Frank Batista pitched the final two innings to tie for the league lead in saves with 18.
Game three of the series is Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:35 p.m.  LHP Brian Flynn is expected to make his first start for the Suns.  RHP Dallas Beeler (4-6, 4.11) will take the mound for Tennessee.

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Jose Alvarez Quiets Smokies In 2-0 Win

Suns starter Jose Alvarez allowed just two singles over eight innings in the Suns win over the Tennessee Smokies.  Alvarez and closer A.J. Ramos combined for the two-hitter.  Photo Courtesy: Jacksonville Suns

By Steve Kolbe

The Jacksonville Suns used the combination of dominant pitching by Jose Alvarez, and the long ball, to blank the Tennessee Smokies 2-0 Friday night at the Baseball Grounds. 

With eight shutouts already this season, the Suns have one more than their total from the 2011 campaign.  Each of the last three home victories for the Suns have been by shutout (7-0 and 9-0 over the Jackson Generals; 2-0 over the Tennessee Smokies).  Seven different pitchers have been on the mound for Jacksonville shutout wins this season, with Graham Taylor involved in two. 

The Suns jumped out to an early lead in the first inning against Smokies starter Dae-Eun Rhee.  On the second pitch that he saw, Suns leadoff man Donnie Webb hit his fourth home run of the season to give Jacksonville a 1-0 edge.  Webb’s blast landed in the last row of seats in right field, and nearly cleared the stands.  It was the second straight night that the Suns have hit a home run in the first inning.  Webb has now smashed three home runs in his last 11 games in the starting lineup. 

A day after Chris Gutierrez had his 16-game hit streak end, he found his power swing in the fifth inning on Friday night.  His solo home run to left field increased the Suns lead to 2-0.  Gutierrez has hit both of his round trippers in front of the home fans this season. 

The two-run advantage was more than enough for Suns starter Jose Alvarez, who rebounded from his shortest outing of the season June 14th at Mississippi (3.1 IP, six runs on eight hits).  The last time that Alvarez pitched at the Baseball Grounds on June 8th, he tossed a season-high eight innings and allowed just one run on four hits and deserved a better fate.  The Suns were shutout 1-0 by Jackson Generals starter Danny Hultzen on that night.

Alvarez was rewarded for his efforts on Friday against Tennessee, winning for the first time since May 1st to improve to 2-4 on the season.  He allowed just two singles over eight innings, walked only one and struck out five.  From the fourth inning to the eighth inning, Alvarez retired 14 straight batters.  In his last three starts at the Baseball Grounds, Alvarez has surrendered only three runs on 10 hits in 21 innings of work.  With Alvarez at the 99 pitch mark (61 for strikes), the Suns summoned A.J. Ramos to pitch the ninth inning, and he slammed the door on the Smokies to ear his fifth save of the season. 

Pitching on eight days rest, Tennessee starter Dae-Eun Rhee suffered the loss to drop to 4-3 on the season.  He tossed seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  Rhee has allowed the second-most runs (55) of any pitcher in the Southern League.

The Suns improved to 27-8 when scoring the first run of the game.  Jacksonville has scored at least one run in the first inning 20 times this season, with a record of 16-4 when they cross the plate in the first. 

Game three of the series in Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m.  RHP Bryan Evans (2-4, 2.90 ERA) will start his 14th game of the season for the Suns.  Evans is third in the Southern League with his 2.90 ERA.  For the Smokies, RHP Dallas Beeler (2-5, 4.32 ERA) gets the nod for his 15th start of the season.

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