Led by catcher J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins' No. 7 prospect, Double-A Jacksonville defeated Chattanooga, 5-3, in Game 1 of the Southern League Championship Series on Wednesday. It was the Suns' 14th win in their last 15 games, a hot streak that dates back to the regular season.
Realmuto went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI. In five playoff games, he is hitting .350/.458/.500 and has scored six runs.
Right-hander Jose Urena, the Marlins' No. 9 prospect, earned the victory, holding Chattanooga to three runs on six hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters and threw 94 pitches.
Realmuto spent most of season with Jacksonville, where he hit .299/.369/.461 with eight home runs in 97 games and was named to the Southern League's postseason All-Star team. He also made his Major League debut in June. He appeared in seven games for the Marlins while Jarrod Saltalamacchia was on the disabled list.
Realmuto returned to Jacksonville after a couple of weeks in the big leagues and is now hoping to help lead the Suns to their sixth Southern League title, and first since 2010. That quest will resume Thursday when the best-of-five series continues with Game 2 at Chattanooga. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET. The series shifts to Jacksonville for Game 3 on Friday.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.