Locked into yet another pitchers’ duel, the Lookouts successfully dropped two bunts in the ninth inning to set up what would turn out to be a “walk-off walk” by first baseman Angelo Songco and a 2-1 final verdict over the visiting Mississippi Braves at AT&T Field.
Lookouts right-hander Andres Santiago can’t seem to buy a victory these days. But he, Hunter Nelo and Juan Dominguez (1-0) combined to check the division-leading Braves on three hits. Santiago, winless in his last seven starts, allowed only two hits and an unearned run over six innings Tuesday. He also struck out eight.
Dominguez worked the Mississippi ninth, striking out the side and earning the win when the Lookouts’ “small ball” rally panned out.
Bobby Coyle, who only rejoined the team Tuesday, filling Yasiel Puig’s roster spot, walked to lead off the ninth against Braves reliever Chasen Shreve (2-1).
Rafael Ynoa laid down a bunt and the Braves tried to throw out the leading runner but failed, leaving all hands safe. Joc Pederson, among the league’s leading hitters and not called on to bunt that often, laid down a perfect bunt and beat it out for a base hit to load the sacks.
Miguel Rojas lined to shallow center for the first out, but Songco worked the count full before earning his walk and the RBI.
Joc Pederson, snapping his lengthy slump, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez each had two hits, including a double. Cavazos-Galvez drove in the team’s first run in the third inning.
Mississippi tied the game in the seventh on a Kyle Russell hit and Pederson error.
The teams play an evening game today. Game time at AT&T Field is set for 7:15 p.m.