In a series that has seen just about everything imaginable, nothing has been settled. The Jacksonville Suns (5-9) and Chattanooga Lookouts (5-9) will play game five tonight at AT&T Field with the series still up for grabs. The first pitch of the rubber match is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.
Jacksonville evened things at two games apiece with an outstanding pitching performance from Justin Nicolino (W, 1-2, 3.38). Nicolino worked into the 7th, allowing just one run. The flood gates also opened offensively for the Suns, who used thirteen hits including a trio of home runs to cruise to victory. Two of the blasts were provided by third baseman Ryan Fissher. Fisher delivered his first homers of the season in the 3rd and 9th innings respectively. The infielder ended the night with three runs driven in.
It was a struggle for the Lookouts to find any spark against the Suns southpaw starter, Chattanooga was unable to score against Nicolino until his final inning of work. They plated one run in each in the 7th, and 8th innings before adding their final two runs in the bottom of the 9th. It was too little, too late as Jacksonville came away with the 11-4 victory.
Now the teams will turn their attention to a pair of starters hoping to break into the win column for 2014. Jose Urena (0-2, 10.80) will climb the hill for Jacksonville. Chattanooga will also turn to a right-hander in Garrett Gould (0-2, 9.82). The two young starters will be responsible for setting the tone early on behalf of teams desperate for the momentum a series victory could provide.
The clubs played two five game series at each team's home stadium a year ago, nearly splitting the contests right down the middle. Chattanooga ended up with a slim 10-9 advantage in nineteen games played (a twentieth game was on the schedule, but was ultimately cancelled due to weather). Both teams fared well at home, with the Lookouts winning seven of the nine games played at AT&T Field.
Fans 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.
Matchup: Jacksonville (5-9, 5th SL South) @ Chattanooga (5-9, 5th SL North)
Starters: JAX : RHP Jose Urena (0,-2, 10.80) CHT: RHP Garrett Gould (0-2, 9.89)
Series: Tied 2-2
Who's Hot: Ryan Fisher (a pair of home runs in Thursday's game)
Sun Spots: Here are few notes to consider heading into tonight's game, direct from the official Suns game notes compiled by Michael West:
-Every Suns position player who appeared in Thursday night's ballgame reached base.
-Danny Black notched the Suns' first four-hit game on the 2014 season (4-for-5 with a run, a triple, and 2 RBI)
-Alfredo Silverio's two-run home run in the third inning was his first home run since September 2, 2011 (missed all of 2012, 2013 due to injuries).
-With a two-run blast in the third and a solo shot to lead off the ninth inning, Ryan Fisher became the first Sun to have a multi-homer game on the 2014 season
-Jacksonville improved to 5-0 when outhitting their opponents on the season (0-9 when they're being outhit).
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.