Lookouts Post 8th Straight Win After Beating Smokies 5-3
(lookouts.com) The Chattanooga Lookouts extended their wining streak to eight games after defeating the Tennessee Smokies by a score of 5-3 on Wednesday night. Chattanooga (54-29), came out swinging, as they got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Jon Rodriguez smacked an RBI single into left field, allowing Edgar Corcino to score. Tennessee would answer in the top of the second inning when Daniel Spingola roped a line drive into center field, which allowed Ian Rice to score from second base.
Chattanooga extended their lead 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Alex Perez got the scoring started for the Lookouts in the second inning when he hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which was deep enough for Levi Michael to score from third base. Lookouts leadoff batter, Nick Gordon, followed Perez with an RBI double on a scorching line drive to center field. Travis Harrison scored on the play, making the score 3-1 in favor of the Lookouts.
In the top of the third inning, Tennessee’s Andrew Ely scored from third base on a fielder’s choice, when Jason Vosler hit a slow roller to third. Chattanooga responded in the bottom of the third via a Levi Michael RBI double to right field, which was good enough to score a speedy Ryan Walker from first base. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Carlos Paulino knocked a sacrifice fly into left field to score Travis Harrison from third base. Tennessee tried to make things interesting in the top of the ninth inning when they scored a run and then loaded the bases for power hitter, Jason Vosler. Lookouts relief pitcher, Nick Anderson, worked his way out of trouble, as he struck Vosler out swinging to end the game, giving the Lookouts a 5-3 victory.
The Lookouts pitching staff did their job, as they combined for twelve total strikeouts. Lookouts starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez (3-0, 3.74), earned the win for the Lookouts. Todd Van Steensel picked up his third hold of the season and Nick Anderson collected his second save of the season.
Game three of the five game series between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Tennessee Smokies will be on Thursday, July 6th at AT&T Field. The first pitch is set for 7:15 PM. The Lookouts will send RHP, Fernando Romero (7-5, 2.90) to the mound to start the game, and RHP, Preston Morrison (0-7, 5.03), will get the start for the Smokies.