The game began as a pitching duel between Lookouts’ starting pitcher Tyson Brummett (0-1) and Suns’ lefty Andrew Heaney ( 2-0). Brummett allowed one run in the second inning, but clamped down to deliver five strong innings while striking out six batters. The righty’s strong performance was not enough, however, as Heaney retired 17 batters in a row after allowing a single to infielder Ozzie Martinez in the first inning.
After Brummett left the game, the Suns (4-8) added one run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to make it 4-0. Lookouts relievers, Hector Nelo, Juan Gonzalez and Juan Noriega combined to allowed three earned runs, but did strikeout a combined seven batters.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Chattanooga began to mount a rally when reliever James Nygren walked Martinez and Brian Cavazos-Galvez to begin the inning. After an infield fly pop up by O’Koyea Dickson, Nygren threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third with only one out, but struck out the final two batters to hand the Lookouts their eighth loss of the season.
Chattanooga will look to take the 2-1 series lead today when they face Jacksonville again at AT&T Field. Throwing on the mound for the Lookouts will be lefty Chris Reed (0-1, 1.54) who will be facing off against righty Angel Sanchez (0-2, 5.00).
Martinez’s hit in the first extended his hitting streak to six games. Daniel Mayora drew his fourth walk of the year and has now gotten on base in 11 out of the team’s 12 games this season.