Smokies Rally to Beat the Lookouts and Tie Chattanooga For First Place
The Chattanooga Lookouts (29-22) scored three runs in the second inning, but could not overcome a five-run third inning by the Tennessee Smokies (30-23) and fall, 6-3.
With the win, the Smokies tied the Lookouts for first place in the Southern League North standings.
Chattanooga seemed poised to take their first game in the series when they jumped out to a three-run lead. The inning began with an Adam Brett Walker II walk and was followed by a Travis Harrison single to put runners on first and second. Max Kepler then followed through with an RBI double to give the Lookouts their first run of the day. Two more runs came across when Carlos Paulino laced a two-run single into right-center field.
In the next inning Tennessee’s bats came alive for five runs, highlighted by a Wilson Contreras three-run homer. The Smokies scored the final run of the day in the seventh inning to give them a total of six for the afternoon. Ryan Williams got the win for the Smokies in his first Double-A start and Jose Berrios took the loss despite striking out six batters.
Tomorrow the two teams head to Knoxville to play the next two games of the series at Smokies Park. The Lookouts return home June 17 at 7:15 p.m.