Puig lifts Lookouts
by From Lookouts Sports
May 27, 2013 | 307 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Chattanooga Lookouts are playing like a team that’s through with last place.

Sunday night at AT&T Field, the Lookouts used a three-run sixth inning to win their sixth straight game — and fourth straight against visiting Pensacola — with a 6-4 comeback victory.

The win enabled the Lookouts to catch Huntsville for fourth place in the Southern League North and move within half a game of third place Jackson.

The series and the homestand end tonight at 7:15 with the Chattanooga starter to be announced.

Late arriving fans missed an action-filled first inning Sunday. First, Pensacola jumped on Lookouts starter Steve Smith, making his AA debut.

Bryson Smith drew a walk to open the game and moved up 180 feet on Theo Bowe's single. With one out, Ryan LaMarre brought home a run on a fly ball to center. Bowe then stole second, putting him in a position to score on Tucker Barnhart's ground ball single to left.

The Lookouts (22-27), swinging the bats with more confidence in the last week, answered right away as leadoff man Rafael Ynoa hit his first home run of the season — in fact, it was the second baseman's first home run since the 2011 season.

In the second inning newest Lookout Angelo Songco, making his first start at first base since his promotion, launched a one-out solo homer to right field off starter Josh Smith (3-5) to tie the game at 2.

Smith avoided further trouble until the fifth, when the top of the Pensacola order again game him trouble. Smith doubled with one out, Bowe walked (ending Smith's night). Reliever Luis Vazquez walked two more including Tucker Barnhart with the bases loaded, then balked home a run for a 4-2 Yahoos lead.

But the Lookouts answered an inning later, with slugging Yasiel Puig doing the damage with a two-run double to center after a walk to Miguel Rojas and a Joc Pederson single. Puig would score the inning's third run on a two-out single by Ozzie Martinez. In the seventh, the home team added a further insurance run with Pederson singling home Ynoa, who'd walked and stolen second.

Vazquez (3-2), who gave way to Scott Elbert in the eighth, allowed three walks and the balk but only one hit. Elbert retired the only hitter he saw, then co-closer Yimi Garcia came on and struck out the next two. Garcia carried over to the ninth, striking out another in a perfect inning to nail down save 10 for the season.

Pederson, in a battle for the Southern League batting lead, was 2-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base to end the night at .324.

The two teams close out the five-game series tonight at 7:15 with the Lookouts looking for a five-game sweep and their seventh straight win overall.