The Jacksonville Suns will seek to even the series tonight in Chattanooga after the Lookouts held on to take the early advantage with a 6-4 victory on Monday. The first pitch of tonight's matchup is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.
Last night's series opener at AT&T Field was eerily similar to the previous three ballgames the Suns (3-8) have played on the season's first road trip. Jacksonville led early and battled back late, yet came up short in the final analysis. This time, the Suns left the tying run stranded in scoring position to end the contest.
Jacksonville will look to left-hander Andrew Heaney (1-0, 2.38) in an attempt to even the series. The Suns also hope outfielder Brady Shoemaker continues to swing a hot bat in the second of five contests with the Lookouts. Shoemaker, it was announced today, enters the game as the reigning Southern League Player of the Week.
Tyson Brummett will be making his second start of the season for Chattanooga. The righty pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball on April 10 at Tennessee. He struck out two and walked four in the contest.
You can listen to tonight's game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with the "Voice of the Suns" Roger Hoover providing play by play. Hoover is now in his third season as Jacksonville's Director of Broadcasting. He is assisted by Michael West and Jason Patterson. West and Patterson will host the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
Starters: JAX : LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 2.38) CHT: RHP Tyson Brummett (0-0, 0.00)
Series: Chattanooga leads 1-0
Who's Hot: OF Brady Shoemaker (newly selected Southern League Player of the Week)
Sun Spots: Here are few notes to consider heading into tonight's game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Michael West:
-With a Southern League-best .568 OBP and batting average (.429) through his first 10 games of 2014, Jacksonville's Brady Shoemaker earned Southern League Player of the Week honors.
-The Suns scored first in five of their six away games, but have lost their last three games when scoring first w Jacksonville is tied with Tennessee for the league lead in errors with 14 (errors in nine of their 11 games).
-The Suns would go 2-7 in Chattanooga last year, averaging 0.57 runs per game in their seven losses (shut out by Lookouts four times).
-Jacksonville has lost their last four home games and their last four road games.
Tonight's broadcast will air on the Suns Baseball Network's flagship station 94.1 Classic Rock WSOS-FM. It can also be found via the Suns' mobile app. Click the link below to listen online.