Suns Rally For 6-5 Win Over Lookouts Tuesday

Hard Times Continue For Chattanooga As Bullpen Wastes 5-1 Lead

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Ozzie Martinez hit two homers.
Ozzie Martinez hit two homers.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Things looked good for Chattanooga Tuesday night in Jacksonville but fell apart in the seventh inning when the Suns score five runs to defeat the Lookouts, 6-5.

Starting pitcher Chris Reed left the game with a 5-1 lead. 

Ozzie Martinez hit two home runs and the Lookouts out-hit the Suns with 12 hits to 7. But the only number that counts is runs scored, and Chattanooga fell short.

Danny Pertusati's three-run double capped Jacksonville's stirring rally against the Lookouts bullpen, securing a series win for the Suns at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

For the first six innings of the game, it looked as though Chattanooga would collect its first win of the series. The Lookouts jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Suns starter Robert Morey, scoring their second and third runs on Martinez's two-run homer in the fourth.

Morey escaped his eighth loss of the season when the Suns completed their comeback. The right-hander lasted five and a third innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks before giving way to Grant Dayton (4-3).

Meanwhile, Reed held the Suns offense at bay. The southpaw allowed just one run on three hits over five innings, but also walked three batters and hit three, as well.

The Suns began to claw back against Lookouts reliever Onelki Garcia. With two outs and the bases empty, Jacksonville strung together three straight singles and scored two runs to bring its deficit to 5-3.

Pinch-hitter Audy Ciriaco and Derek Dietrich then drew consecutive walks that loaded the bases for Pertusati, who lined Hector Nelo's (5-2) pitch down the right field line, placing it right on the chalk of the foul line for a bases-clearing double that gave the Suns a 6-5 lead.

Having already secured a series victory, the Suns will seek their sixth straight win behind left-hander Justin Nicolino (0-2, 10.13) on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. The Lookouts look to right-hander Zach Lee (8-7, 3.23) in search of their first win of the series.

Although he should have got the win, Chris Reed was not the pitcher of record.
Although he should have got the win, Chris Reed was not the pitcher of record.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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