The Jacksonville Suns are the Southern League Champions for the second year in-a-row! Becoming the first city to repeat as champions.
The game was a pitching duel with both starters pitching shutout ball. Jose Rosario pitched 6 innings for the Suns only allowing 3 hits and no runs. Starting for the Smokies, Craig Muschko did marginally better going 7 innings and only giving up 1 hit.
So the game became a battle of the bullpens and the bullpens for both teams kept the shutouts going, for awhile. For the Suns, Kris Harvey did some good work in relief of Jose Rosario but ran into a slight problem in the eighth. With one out Harvey walked Tony Campana, his second walk in his 1.1 innings on the mound which called for a pitching change. Jeff Gogal entered the game. The lefty promptly struck out Brett Jackson and Chris Hatcher gun downed Campana who was trying to steal on the play to keep the score at 0-0.
In the bottom of the ninth, Chris Hatcher led off the inning. But Chis did more than just lead off, he ended the game. Hatcher hit the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to win the game and the championship series in walk-off fashion.
Congratulations to the Suns and everyone associated with the organization! You have made every Marlins fan proud.
Note to some of the players: enjoy the victory, you deserve to do so. But some of you may need to pack your bags and head south. The Marlins are running out of players down here. And if the Marlins recall Chris Hatcher, maybe they ought to let him play this time. He seems to have a flair for the dramatic.