In the first inning, the Lookouts (6-9) got off to a great start when Darnell Sweeney singled one through the hole at shortstop for his league-leading 100th hit. The infielder finished the night with two hits to bring his average up to .324 on the season. After a bunt single by Noel Cuevas and a fly out by Scott Schebler, Daniel Mayora singled to plate Sweeney for the team’s first run of the game. O’Koyea Dickson then stepped up to the plate and hit a double off the top of the wall to increase the team’s lead to 2-0.
In the third inning, the Birmingham (8-6) offense began to get going against Lookouts’ starter Raydel Sanchez (L, 1-5). Dan Black singled home Dan Wagner to bring home the team’s first run of the game. An inning later the Barons tied it up when Josh Richmond grounded into a forceout to bring home Rangel Ravelo who reached earlier in the inning on a double.
Birmingham widened the lead in the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Trayce Thompson and Dan Black. The visitors added two more runs in the sixth to make the score 7-2.
Chattanooga had a chance to score again in the bottom of the sixth, when Schebler barely missed a home run with a blast off the wall. The speedy outfielder turned the hit into his league-leading ninth triple of the year, but ended up being stranded on third.
Today, the Lookouts embark on their second road trip of the season’s second half when they head to Jacksonville. RHP Nick Struck (1-4, 7.80) will start for the Lookouts against the Suns’ LHP Chipper Smith (2-3, 4.60).