Chattanooga's (3-1) three-game second-half win streak ended Thursday night as the Lookouts fell to the Birmingham Barons, 8-3, before an announced crowd of 3,002 at AT&T Field.
All good things must come to an end and Chattanooga’s stretch of keeping the opposition from scoring ended at 31 innings. Birmingham did not score just one run, they came up with four runs in the top of the third inning.
From all appearances, Carlos Fisher (2-3) was the ideal pitcher to keep the scoreless innings streak going; after all, the right handed pitcher entered the game with a 2.09 ERA. Unfortunately, when his work was done after 4 2/3 innings he’d given up eight runs on eight hits and his ERA jumped to 3.31.
The Barons had 11 hits in the game; the Lookouts collected seven. There were no home runs in the game.
New arrivals Jay Bruce and Adam Rosales were hitless in their first game at Chattanooga. Bruce was 0-5 with four strikeouts in his first Double-A game; Rosales was 0-4.
The scoreless innings streak was in jeopardy in the first inning when Victor Mercedes leadoff with a double. He was thrown out at third by center fielder Bruce who rifled a strong, accurate throw to cut Mercedes who tried to move up a base on a sacrifice fly to center.
Chattanooga took advantage of White Sox pitching prospect Gio Gonzalez's (5-3) wildness to score three runs in the second.
- Ryan Hanigan and Caonabo Cosme leadoff with walks;
- Marland Williams’ sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third;
- Luis Bolivar plated the runners with a triple into the right field corner;
- The Lookouts pulled off a suicide squeeze when Drew Anderson dropped down a bunt (for a hit) as Bolivar raced home from third.
Birmingham added two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings while the Lookouts began their own scoreless streak with goose-eggs the rest of the way.
Newcomer Josh Roenicke looked good pitching the ninth inning. He set the side down in order and struck out the final two hitters. His fastball reached 96 mph.
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The Lookouts and Barons meet again Friday night at 7:15 p.m.