The Jacksonville Suns took the second game of the Southern League Championship to even the series at 1-1. Which ain't bad considering the first two games of the best of five series where in Knoxville.
Suns starter, Tom Koehler, was touched up early by the Smokies when they scored two runs in the bottom of the second. The Suns quickly answered back. In the top of the third, Lorenzo Scott led off the inning by making it to first on a HBP. Osvaldo Martinez singled to move Scott to third. With one out, Scott scored on Matt Dominguez's ground ball to short. Ryan Curry would hit a two-out ground-rule double to right that scored Martinez and placed Dominguez at third. Jeff Corsaletii singled to right to plate Dominguez. 4-2 Suns.
Though the scoring wasn't over for either team by any stretch of the imagination the Suns stayed in the lead until the bottom of the eighth. Trailing 6 to 4, the Smokies regained life when Russ Canzler singled to leadoff the inning. Tony Thomas singled moving Canzler to second with no outs. The requisite sac bunt followed to put both runners in scoring position. With two outs, Tony Compana singled to left to score both Canzler and Thomas. The inning ended when Compana tried to swipe second and was gunned down by Chris Hatcher, you remember him. Or maybe you don't, since he never saw action when he was up with the Marlins. But anyways, the score was now tied, 6-6 and Sandy Rosario was credited with the blown save.
The tie wouldn't last long. In the ninth for the Suns, Ryan Curry led off with a single to left. He didn't stay at first base long. He attempted a steal of second and the Smokies catcher threw the ball into the outfield allowing him to advance to third. Jeff Corsaletti followed with a sac fly to right giving the Suns the lead again.
Rosario would face the minimum in the bottom of the ninth. After getting the first out of the inning, Brandon Guyer reached on an error. But no problem, Rosario got the final Smokies hitter to hit into a double play to end the game. Final score: Suns 7, Smokies 6.
The Suns' offensive stars for the game were:
Matt Dominguez 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR.
Jeff Corsaletti 2-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB.
The series now heads to Jacksonvillie to determine the winner. Thursday is an off-day since it takes awhile for the bus to travel the 550 miles between the two cities. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, get ready, because the defending Champions are returning home. After stopping at McDonald's or some such place, of course.