The number one prospect in all of Minor League Baseball, Byron Buxton, delivered a walk-off two-run home run to break a 0-0 tie and give the Lookouts (13-11) their fourth straight win over the Jacksonville Suns (10-14). Buxton's game winning shot also extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games and is hitting .455 (15-for-33) with seven extra-base hits during that span.
Prior to Buxton's home run the Lookouts had only mustered one hit, a Miguel Sano single in the second inning. Suns'starting pitcher Kendry Flores held the Lookouts in check with eight shutout innings, but matching Flores every step of the way was Lookouts' starter DJ Baxendale.
Baxendale only allowed three hits in six innings while striking out five batters. The righty has went at least six innings in every start and has recorded a quality start in each one. Tonight's outing lowered his ERA to 0.86 on the season which is good for the fourth lowest in Double-A baseball.
DJ Johnson came in for Baxendale in the seventh inning and threw two shutout innings of his own. Closer Zach Jones (W, 1-0) then appeared in a non-save situation and tossed a shutout frame to earn his first win of the season.
In the decisive inning the game-winning run was put on base when Suns' pitcher Casey McCarthy (L, 0-1) walked Carlos Paulino to lead off the inning.
Tomorrow, the Lookouts will take a day off before returning to AT&T Field for a set of five home games against the Jackson Generals. The first game of the series is set for Wednesday, May 6 at 7:15 pm.
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