Saturday Sept. 18, 2010
Posted: 9:38 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
Chris Hatchers leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth gave Jacksonville a stunning 1-0 victory over Tennessee Saturday night at The Baseball Grounds. The win clinched a second consecutive Southern League crown for the Suns while the Smokies end a spectacular season on a disappointing note.
The Smokies, who won the series opener before dropping three straight, were shutout in back-to-back games and didnt score a run over their final 19 innings. Tennessee managed only four hits on Saturday, the last of which was a ninth-inning single by Brandon Guyer. Blake Lalli followed with a doubleplay, though, and Robinson Chirinos struck out, setting Hatcher up to be a hero.
Luke Sommer, who came on in place of Kyle Smith in the eighth, proceeded to serve up the pitch that Hatcher knocked over the wall in left.
Guyer finished with a pair of hits while Russ Canzler and Tennessee starter Craig Muschko had the others. Muschko allowed one hit over seven innings while striking out six.
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