Jacksonville Sports Day

SUNS: Jacksonville Falls to Chattanooga 3-2

The Suns J.T. Riddle extended his hitting streak to 25 games, the best hitting streak in the Southern League  But, the Jacksonville Suns (20-22, 50-62) fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (21-21, 57-55) by a 3-2 score in the second game of the five-game series at AT&T Field on Saturday night.

Chattanooga starter Kohl Stewart (6-5) earned the win, by matching a career high with eight innings pitched, where he allowed two runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Jacksonville starter Matt Tomshaw (2-3) took the loss, allowing three runs in his five plus innings of work on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Jake Reed worked a perfect ninth inning to record his third save of the season.

Brian Anderson gave Jacksonville an early 1-0 lead when he led off the top of the second with a solo home run over the right center field wall. The Suns maintained that lead going into the bottom of the sixth, with Tomshaw working his first five innings in scoreless fashion.

Tomshaw wouldn’t retire a batter in the bottom of the sixth, that began with a triple by Levi Michael. After Zack Granite was hit by a pitch, Engelb Vielma laid down a bunt that forced a throwing error by Suns first baseman Garrett Weber to score Michael to tie the game at 1-1. The next batter Niko Goodrum hit a two-run single that put the Lookouts in front 3-1, and that was the final batter that Tomshaw faced.

The Suns added a run in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Riddle that scored Kenny Wilson to cut Chattanooga’s lead to 3-2, which would be the final score. The single extended Riddle’s hitting streak to 25 games, the best hitting streak in the Southern League this season and the longest in Suns history during the Marlins era from 2009-present.

Suns relievers Ryan Chaffee and Sean Donatello worked the final three innings in scoreless fashion for Jacksonville.

The clubs will continue the series with the second game of the five-game set at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The Suns will start right-hander Patrick Johnson (6-6, 3.70 ERA) against Lookouts right-hander Omar Bencomo (3-6, 4.41 ERA).

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