Lookouts Snap Four Game Losing Streak With 4-3 Win Over M-Braves
Lookouts starting pitcher David Hurlbut threw seven shutout innings to help lead the Lookouts (47-38) to a 4-3 win over the Braves (43-43). The win snaps the team’s four-game losing streak and gives them their first home win in the month of July.
After falling behind early in the first four games of the series, the Lookouts’ offense struck first in the fifth and final game. In the bottom of the second inning Kennys Vargas, Adam Brett Walker II and Stephen Wickens hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. The next batter, Marcus Knecht, grounded into a double play, but the Lookouts still took the one run lead.
A one run cushion was fine for Hurlbut who only allowed five hits in his seven innings of work. In the month of July the southpaw is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and a complete game.
After Hurlbut’s last frame of work the Lookouts offense got rolling again. This time the team scored two runs with the help of three Braves errors in that inning.
Down three runs the Braves stuck around scoring a run on a K.D. Kang RBI. With no outs the Braves had runners on second and third, but Major League Veteran Scott Atchison got out of the jam. The Lookouts then scored a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on a Travis Harrison single that drove home Niko Goodrum.
The run turned out to be important as the Braves scored two in the top of the ninth, the final one coming off the bat of Emerson Landoni. Landoni finished the night 5-for-5 and has recorded 10 consecutive hits, one shy of tying the Southern League Record. Lookouts reliever Alex Muren was able to shut the door after Landoni’s RBI to earn his first save of the year.
Tomorrow, the team will have an off day and travel to Biloxi for a five-game series. The Lookouts return home a week from today on Monday for a four-game home stretch that features two games against Montgomery and two against Tennessee.