The pitchers for both teams dominated the game, but fortunately for the Suns, the offensive found a way to break though.
The starters, Brad Hand for the Suns and Trey McNutt for the Smokies were matching each other with scoreless inning after scoreless inning until the fourth, when the only runs of the game would be scored by the Suns.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Matt Dominguez led off with a walk and moved to second on McNutt's wild pitch. Lee Mitchell followed with a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. Ryan Curry then hit into a double play, which moved Dominguez to third. So with two outs and a runner on third, and Jeff Corsaletti needing a least a single to score a run, did much more than that. He hit a home run to right field to give the Suns the lead 2-0.
That would end the scoring for the game.
Hand, would end up pitching 7 innings of shutout ball, only allowing 3 hits and walking 3. The Smokies really never got anything going against the lefty. Garrett Parcell came on to pitch in the 8th and he pitched to the minimum the hard way. In other words he walked the first batter and then induced the next to hit into a double play. It worked out. Sandy Rosario took the mound to closeout the game and he did so 1-2-3 fashion.
Jacksonville is one win away from repeating as Southern League Champions. The Suns play again tonight at 7:35 in the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The starting pitchers will be Jose Rosario for the Suns and Craig Muschko for the Smokies. It could all end tonight.