Thursday, April 14, 2011

Brad Hand dazzles in 2nd start of the season; Jacksonville Suns vs. Jackson Generals

After Sean West was injured while on the Marlins Triple AAA, New Orleans Zephyrs, roster Suns starter Dallas Trahern was promoted just before his spot in the Suns rotation. Since Trahern was promoted and the Suns had an off day all the starters on the rotation were moved up a spot. Omar Poveda pitched yesterday, Wednesday, April 13th, instead of today meaning Brad Hand got the start today.

Brad Hand pitched a 2-hit shut out. Hand allowed a single in the 1st and a lead off single in the 2nd. The 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th were all perfect innings by Hand. Hand only walked 1 and struck out only 1, both in the 4th inning. Hand is 1-1 on the season, this being his first win as the Suns offense put 3 on the board as he pitched.

The Suns put Jhan Marinez to set up for Sandy Rosario in the 8th. Marinez gave up a lead off single, but the next batter, Eddy Martinez-Esteve, grounded to shortstop, Chris Gutierrez, for a 6-4-3 double play. The 3rd batter, Jake Shaffer, struck out swinging. Marinez only gave up 1 hit, no runs, no walks and struck out 1. Sandy Rosario came in the 9th to finish the game off with a perfect 9th; lead off batter, Nate Tenbrink, with a 6 pitch long at bat lined out to center fielder Kevin Mattison, in the 2nd hole Kyle Seager also had a 6 pitch long at bat but grounded out to shortstop Gutierrez, and the 3rd batter of the 9th, Carlos Triunfel, flied out to right field, Alex Romero.

On the offensive side. Kevin Mattison, lead off hitter, led off the game with a triple and was then brought in by a ground out with 1 out to 1st baseman Rich Poythress, the 2nd out, from Alex Romero. Mattison's 2nd triple on the season (playing all 7 games) and Romero's 2nd RBI on the season. In the 5th, Gutierrez led off with a double to center fielder James McOwen off Generals starting pitcher Steven Hensley. Jim Negrych grounded to 2nd baseman Kyle Seager who had a fielding error allowing Negrych to reach 1st safely and Gutierrez to reach 3rd. Mattison then grounded out to shortstop Triunfel to bring Gutierrez home,Mattison's 2nd RBI on the season, and was the 1st out of the 5th. Ryan Curry then doubled to left field, Shaffer, to bring Negrych home and to give Curry 3 RBI on the season. The Suns lead 3-0 at this point and there would be no more scoring after this point. To end the inning; Curry was left at 2nd base by Romero and Jake Smolinski.

The Suns are now 4-3 on the season and 2-0 on the road. 3 more games in the series versus the Generals and then a 5 game series in Mobile to play the Bay Bears.

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