A 10-game homestand ended Monday night for the Chattanooga Lookouts, and it was a resounding success.
The Lookouts won their season-best seventh straight game and completed a five-game sweep of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Monday at AT&T Field with an 11-1 shellacking of the cellar-dwellers. Three pitchers combined for a five-hitter to enable the Lookouts (23-27) to suddenly move from the Southern League North cellar into third place — only three games back of the second-place Tennessee Smokies.
Leading the way once again was slugging Cuban free agent signee Yasiel Puig. Having driven in five runs in the last two games — and having six RBIs for the series — Puig on Monday homered twice, which was good for five RBIs. The first came in the first inning, clearing the center field wall by a healthy margin and giving the Lookouts a 3-0 lead.
Gorman Erickson's solo homer in the second inning made it 4-0, and Puig delivered again in the fourth with a man on. But the slugfest wasn't over as Erickson connected again, this time with a man on, in the seventh.
Erickson added a fourth RBI on a bases-loaded walk, while new first baseman Angelo Songcro also drove in two runs.
The only negative to the night was that new starter Michael Thomas was unable to benefit from all the runs to pick up the win. Thomas, who began the year as the closer for Rancho Cucamonga, turned in four strong innings, allowing only two hits and striking out four.
Newly arrived Joel Lima (1-0), promoted from Class A Great Lakes, earned the victory with three solid innings of his own, allowing the Wahoos their only run (on Theo Bowe's pinch-hit double). Greg Infante wrapped up the strong showing with two shutout innings.
Joc Pederson, now second in the Southern League in hitting, was 1-for-3 with two walks and ended the night at .324.
The Lookouts take their win streak to Mobile tonight for a five-game series. Game time will be at 8:05.