Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SUNS NOTEBOOK; Hits Aren't Coming for Suns or L.A

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SUNS NOTEBOOK; Hits Aren't Coming for Suns or L.A

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union

The similarity between the Jacksonville Suns and their major league parent, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is simple: A sudden lack of offense has resulted in numerous losses for both teams during the past two weeks.

On May 10, the Suns had a 20-10 record, had just won three of four games at home against Huntsville and were set to journey to Greenville to meet the Braves, who had the worst record in the Southern League and were 1-6 vs. the Suns this season.

But things didn't work out so well.

The Braves swept the four-game series and outscored Jacksonville 23-11, prior to the Huntsville Stars' 10-1 pasting of the Suns on Saturday night. The Suns have won just 3-of-13 games since May 10.

Things haven't gone much better for the Dodgers during that time. On May 12, Los Angeles had a major league best mark of 22-10, a 3 1/2-game lead over San Diego and an 8 1/2-game margin over the other three teams in the National League West. But eight consecutive losses left the Dodgers and Padres in a first-place tie, with the other three teams having pulled to within five or six games of the two leaders, prior to the Dodgers' win at Atlanta on Saturday.

For both the Dodgers and Suns, the pitching has been respectable. Timely hitting hasn't.

In four of the eight Dodger losses, the opposition scored four runs or less and won all four. In four of the Suns' most recent nine losses, they also allowed four or fewer runs but lost.

Los Angeles had only managed more than six hits in three of its past eight games, prior to Saturday. They've only scored more than three runs on two occasions and have been shut out in three of the eight games.

Jacksonville's hitting woes took an upward turn Thursday when the team erupted for 13 hits and 13 runs in its most lopsided win of the year, a 13-1 pasting of Mobile. But in the other three games in the series, they only scored four total runs.

Other than Friday night's second-lowest hits total (4) this year, the Suns have made contact. …

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