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Suns walk to walk-off 3-2 win over Lookouts

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August 23, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Suns drew four walks against Chattanooga Lookouts right-hander Zack Jones in the ninth inning, the last being a bases-loaded walk by Suns third baseman Brian Anderson that forced in the winning run for a 3-2 victory in front of 3,001 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Suns right-hander Luis Castillomade his Double-A debut and kept the Lookouts (30-27 second half, 66-61 overall) scoreless through five innings. Jacksonville (29-28 second half, 59-68 overall) took the game's first lead in the second inning against Lookouts right-hander Aaron Slegers. Center fielder Kenny Wilson hit a leadoff single, and left fielder Alex Glenn swatted a one-out, two-run home run to the right-field bleachers for a 2-0 Suns lead. Slegers did not allow another run, finishing 6 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Castillo held the 2-0 lead until the sixth inning. Lookouts second baseman Levi Michael hit a leadoff double to center field, and an error by second baseman Danny Muno allowed center fielder Zack Granite to reach first base and Michael to score. Granite stole second base, went to third base on shortstop Engelb Vielma's single and scored when left fielder Ryan Walker grounded into a fielder's choice. A walk put the go-ahead run at second base, but Castillo got a popout and strikeout to end the inning in a 2-2 tie. Castillo allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six innings.

Suns right-hander Tyler Higgins (3-4) pitched three scoreless innings in a 2-2 tie, while Jones (2-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning. In the ninth inning, Jones began by walking shortstop Peter Mooney, who went to second base on catcher Cam Maron's sacrifice. An intentional walk to Wilson and two-out walk to left fielder James Roberts loaded the bases. Jones went ahead 0-2 against Anderson before an eight-pitch battle ended with ball four high and a Suns win.

UP NEXT: The Suns continue their series with Chattanooga at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, when Suns left-hander Matt Tomshaw (3-3) is scheduled to face Lookouts right-hander Kohl Stewart (7-6). Military Appreciation Night presented by Navy Mutual means active military and veterans and their immediate families receive free general admission or reserved tickets. Active military or veteran ID must be presented at the box office. For Underwood's Date Night, a pair of tickets, two hot dogs, two drinks and popcorn are just $20 at the box office. One lucky fan will win a $5,000 Forevermark® diamond in the Underwood's Date Night Diamond Dig. Fans can meet Robby Hayes from the latest season of ABC's "The Bachelorette" before the game. VyStar Credit Union Charity Begins at Home will benefit the American Lung Association through the Launch-A-Ball promotion. The game is also presented by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

ABOUT THE SUNS: The Jacksonville Suns are beginning a new era of affordable family fun under new ownership in 2016. With a FUNdamentally Different promotional schedule and a new lineup of ticket and group options for this season, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Suns at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxsuns.com.