Skipworth-led Suns stop Chattanooga Lookouts' roll

Skipworth-led Suns stop Chattanooga Lookouts' roll

May 27th, 2012 by Staff Report in Sports - Professional

The Chattanooga Lookouts' six-game winning streak ended Saturday night, but Jacksonville had to score more than 10 runs to beat them.

Catcher Kyle Skipworth hit for the cycle in going 4-for-4 and batted in six runs in the Suns' 13-10 victory at AT&T Field. He hit a ground-rule double ahead of Kyle Jensen's three-run homer for a 4-0 lead against Chattanooga pitcher Luis Vasquez (1-2) in the top of the first inning and added a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0 in the second.

After an RBI single off Eammon Portice in the fourth, Skipworth hit a grand slam off Bret Montgomery in the fifth, making the score 13-5, but the Lookouts added a three-run fifth to their four-run fourth to stay within range. Skipworth tripled off Red Patterson to complete the cycle with two outs in the seventh.

Danny Black was 3-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored for Jacksonville, and Jake Smolinski was 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs.

The Lookouts outhit the Suns, 14-13, as Travis Denker was 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored, and catcher Matt Wallach was 2-for-4 with a three-run double.

Nick Buss and Brahiam Maldonado had two hits each for the Lookouts, and Pedro Baez had a homer and scored twice.

With Chattanooga trailing 8-1, Denker singled off third baseman Shawn Bowman's glove with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and Baez walked. Then Maldonado singled to load the bases and Jake Lemmerman reached base on a Bowman error. Wallach then cleared the bases but was out trying to stretch his hit to a triple.

After the Suns' five-run fifth, the Lookouts got three back with Luis Nunez singling with one out and Denker doubling with two outs ahead of the Baez homer.

The teams end the series at AT&T field with a 6:15 game today, followed by fireworks.