JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A fourth inning two-run homer by Jeff Corsaletti was the difference for the Jacksonville Suns in Game Three of the Southern League Championship Series, as the Suns blanked the Tennessee Smokies 2-0 on Friday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The victory puts Jacksonville one win away from their second consecutive Southern League title, as the Suns now lead the best-of-five series two games to one.
Corsaletti’s blast in the fourth inning was the only blemish against Smokies starter Trey McNutt. McNutt pitched six innings while giving up two runs on five hits in his second postseason start.
Jacksonville’s Brad Hand took the victory after another sharp performance in the postseason. For the second straight start, Hand did not allow any runs, and he only scattered three hits to the Smokies in seven innings on the mound.
Blake Lalli was the only Tennessee batter to record a multi-hit game, as he had two of the Smokies’ three hits.
The Suns’ bullpen followed in Hand’s effort, with Garrett Parcell and Sandy Rosario both tossing scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth to preserve the Jacksonville win.
Jacksonville’s first opportunity to win their fifth Southern League title is on Saturday night in Game Four at the Baseball Grounds. The Smokies will start right-hander Craig Muschko while the Suns will counter with Jose Rosario. The game begins at 7:35 p.m., and fans can listen to the contest on the Smokies Radio Network.