Magill mows down Suns in Lookouts' win
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Matt Magill threw seven shutout innings and Luis Nunez had two hits and an RBI to lead Chattanooga to a 4-1 win over Jacksonville in the opener of a five-game series at AT&T Field Tuesday night.
The Lookouts (29-22) increased their lead in the North Division to two full games over Jackson, who split a doubleheader with the M-Braves on Tuesday.
Magill (10-6) entered as the Southern League's leader in strikeouts, and added eleven more to his total in a standout performance. He allowed just two hits and issued only one walk before retiring the final 14 batters he faced.
The game remained scoreless until the seventh when Nunez hit the first of his two doubles to lead off the inning. Suns' first baseman Ben Lasater then tried to cut down Nunez at third on Jake Lemmerman's sacrifice bunt, but his threw sailed wide of the bag and allowed Nunez to score the game's first run.
Nunez and reigning Southern League Hitter of the Week Brahiam Maldonado each delivered run-scoring hits in the eighth before Lemmerman's sac fly capped a three-run frame.
Dodgers' reliever Scott Elbert struck out the only two batters he faced in the first appearance of his minor-league rehab stint. Chris Withrow gave up one run in an inning-and-a-third before closing out his second save.
Matthew Neil (2-7) took the loss despite giving up just the one unearned run in 6.2 innings.
The two teams will play game two of the series Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. ET.