Friday, September 17, 2010

Southern League (Double-A) Championship Series Game 3: Tennessee Smokies vs. Jacksonville Suns

Looks like my sister will be getting sister has a 'crush' on the Jacksonville Suns, 27 year old right fielder from the University of Florida, Jeff Corsaletti. She made a deal without Corsaletti knowing, that if he hit a home run he was to propose, of course this really isn't going to happen, but he hit a home run tonight a 2 run home run.

Jeff Corsaletti's two run home run was the only runs scored in the game. The Suns shut out the Smokies 2-0. The Suns starter Brad Hand, 3rd start in Double-A, pitched 7 innings with a total of 3 hits, 3 base on balls, and 4 strike outs. Hand is now 2-0 in the 2010 Southern League playoffs. Sandy Rosario, only the 3rd pitcher for the Suns during Game 3, earned the save with pitching only the last inning (the 9th) allowing no hits, no base on balls, and 2 strike outs.

The Smokies as a team went 3-for-28, .107. Only Blake Lalli and Marwin Gonzalez got a hit during this game, Lalli with two singles and Gonzalez's only hit was a double. The Smokies starter was Trey McNutt, who got the losing decision, he pitched for 6 innings allowed 5 hits, 2 runs both earned, 3 base on balls, 6 strike outs, and allowed 1 home run (2 run). The Smokies bullpen put in two pitchers, as well as the Suns did, they totaled 2 innings with 0 hits, 0 base on balls, and only 1 strike out.

The Suns as a team went 5-for-27, .185. Suns lead off hitter Lorenzo Scott has been lacking in the offense department during the 2010 playoffs, he went 1-for-4 with a single. Five Suns players got one hit, four of the five hits were just singles besides the two run homer by Corsaletti that hit Matt Dominguez, the hero of the playoffs, and himself in. All the Suns hits were off the Smokies starter McNutt.

This game was definitely more of a defensive battle than a pitching or offensive battle. Still a good game just not one of the more exciting games, but tomorrow will be the best one, unless it goes to Game 5. Suns lead the best of 5 series 2-1, if the Suns win tomorrow the series is over and they are crowned back to back Southern League champions! but if they lose then it goes to a Game 5 and the winner of that game will be crowned league champions.

Best of luck to the Suns tomorrow! If you live in the Jacksonville area you don't want to miss it, it'll be at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Game time is 7:35, for tickets you can go to or call (904) 358-2846 or you can just buy them at the ticket office I personally guarantee there will still be awesome seats (really any seat in the park) will be available. Also no I don't work for the Suns just a huge fan and would love to see a full house for the Suns when they win their championship!

See you there!

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