Lookouts back home, hold off M-Braves at AT&T

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Posted 8/22/17

The Chattanooga Lookouts defeated the Mississippi Braves by a final score of 3-2 at AT&T Field Monday night. The Lookouts returned home to host the M-Braves in a five game home series for the first …

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The Chattanooga Lookouts defeated the Mississippi Braves by a final score of 3-2 at AT&T Field Monday night. The Lookouts returned home to host the M-Braves in a five game home series for the first time this season after a five game road series against the Tennessee Smokies.

Monday night’s game featured two top pitching prospects as Zack Littell and Kolby Allard drew starts for their respective clubs. Littell (3-0, 3.03) tossed 6.0 innings for Chattanooga, allowing just two hits and one run which was earned. Littell also walked four while striking out six. Allard, the former first round draft pick (#14 overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2015, pitched 6.2 innings and allowed six hits, three runs, all of which were earned, and struck out four. Despite a solid effort on the mound, the young left hander fell victim to some tough luck and suffered his eleventh loss of the season.

The game remained scoreless through the first three frames. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Chattanooga broke through, when they scored one run courtesy of a sacrifice fly from LaMonte Wade which allowed Nick Gordon to easily score from third base. The Lookouts maintained their 1-0 lead until the top of the sixth inning when Mississippi’s Austin Riley roped a line drive RBI single into center field, allowing Tyler Neslony to score from second base to tie the game 1-1.

The M-Braves took a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning via a line drive RBI single from the bat of Connor Lien. Lien’s single plated Travis Demeritte from second base. As they have done so many times this season, the Lookouts managed to put together a late inning comeback rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Chattanooga tied the game 2-2 on a wild play in which Jonathan Rodriguez grounded into a force out, and a throwing error by M-Braves shortstop Dylan Moore allowed Edgar Corcino to score from second base to tie the game. Rodriguez also advanced to second base on the throwing error. T.J. White followed with what would prove to be the game winning hit. White crushed a triple off of the center field wall, allowing Rodriguez to score from second to give the Lookouts a 3-2 lead.

Lookouts relief pitchers Ryan Eades and Nick Anderson preserved the Lookouts 3-2 lead. Eades (3-2, 4.07) earned the win while Anderson picked up his eighth save. The Lookouts and the M-Braves will meet at AT&T Field on Tuesday night in game two of the series. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. Chattanooga will send RHP, Dereck Rodriguez (5-2, 4.01) to the mound as the starter. Rodriguez’ counterpart will be Mississippi right- hander Mike Soroka (10-8, 2.92). Tuesday night’s game will also feature Food City Tuesday.

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