Lookouts On A Roll: Take Another Win Over Stars

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Jamie Hoffman went 5-for-5 Tuesday.
Jamie Hoffman went 5-for-5 Tuesday.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Chattanooga Lookouts, after suffering an eight-game losing streak, on Tuesday night wrapped up their second straight win against the Huntsville Stars.

The Lookouts outhit the visitors 12-10 en route to a 7-2 victory at AT&T Field.

Three Chattanooga pitchers limited Huntsville to only a pair of runs, aided by Victor Garate who came in for another strikeout with the Stars threatening in the ninth. Garate fanned Kevin Milillo with two on.

Francisco Felix, Jesus Rodriguez and Brent Leach also took the mound for Chattanooga.

Jamie Hoffman went 5 for 5 and Gabriel Martinez had a home run to lead the Lookouts. Catcher Lucas May and centerfielder James Tomlin had two hits each.

The Lookouts improve to 5-14 and are now five games behind the Stars.

Huntsville began the scoring in the top of the second by plating two runs. Drew T. Anderson hit a single to begin the rally and scored on a J.R. Hopf double to right. John Raburn followed with an RBI single to give the Stars an early 2-0 lead.

The Lookouts quickly countered in the bottom portion of the second inning with two runs of their own. With one out, Lucas May nailed a single to left to set the table for the Lookouts. After a passed ball, Juan Gonzalez walked to put runners on first and second. Starting pitcher Felix then helped his own cause by hitting a soft, well-placed liner to right, scoring both runners.

The Lookouts went ahead in the third on the Martinez two-run shot to right.

After using a more efficient means of scoring in the third, the Lookouts incorporated some good old-fashioned small ball in the fourth to plate another run. Juan Gonzalez began the inning with a walk and was pushed to second on a Jesus Rodriguez sacrifice bunt. James Tomlin followed with an infield singe, advancing Gonzalez to third. Victor Mercedes then hit a sacrifice fly to right, allowing Gonzalez to score on a close play at the plate.

The Lookouts kept rolling in the fifth with two more runs. Jamie Hoffman began the inning with a single and promptly stole second. Walks to Gaby Martinez and Josh Bell loaded the bases. After a Lucas May strikeout, Juan Gonzalez induced a run-resulting walk. Jesus Gonzalez struck out, but another James Tomlin infield single put the Lookouts lead at 7-2. Victor Mercedes would fly out to end the inning.

David Welch dropped to 0-3 on the season for Huntsville. In four innings of work, he yielded five runs on seven hits and two walks. He recorded four strikeouts in the losing effort.

Jesus Rodriguez (1-1), who came in relief of Francisco Felix in the fourth inning, was credited with the win for the Lookouts. He threw 3.1 innings of shutout baseball, only surrendering three hits. He struck out one batter, while surrendering no walks.

Standings North Division

TEAM ------- W-L -- PCT -- GB

Huntsville -- 10-9 -- .526 ------
Tennessee - 9-9 --- .500 – 0.5
West Tenn - 9-10 -- .474 -- 1.0
Carolina ---- 8-11 -- .421 -- 2.0
Chattanooga 5-14 - .263 – 5.0


Chattanooga will finish the five-game homestand against the Huntsville Stars at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Tickets for this game or any other Lookouts home game can be purchased at the Lookouts Box Office at AT&T Field, online at www.lookouts.com, or by calling (423) 267-4849.

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Huntsville
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
Chattanooga
0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 X 7 12 1

Huntsville Top 1st

Adam Stern strikes out swinging.
Shane Justis pops out to second baseman Victor Mercedes.
Kevin Melillo flies out to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann.

Chattanooga Bottom 1st

James Tomlin grounds out, pitcher David Welch to first baseman Chris Errecart.
Victor Mercedes pops out to first baseman Chris Errecart in foul territory.
Andrew Lambo singles on a line drive to right fielder Vinny Rottino.
Jamie Hoffmann singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Vinny Rottino. Andrew Lambo to 2nd.
Gabriel Martinez strikes out on foul tip.

Huntsville Top 2nd

Vinny Rottino grounds out, shortstop Juan Gonzalez to first baseman Gabriel Martinez.
Drew T. Anderson singles on a soft ground ball to shortstop Juan Gonzalez.
Chris Errecart flies out to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann.
J. R. Hopf doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann. Drew T. Anderson scores.
John Raburn singles on a line drive to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann. J. Hopf scores.
With David Welch batting, passed ball by Lucas May, John Raburn to 2nd.
David Welch grounds out, second baseman Victor Mercedes to first baseman Gabriel Martinez.

Chattanooga Bottom 2nd

Joshua Bell grounds out, pitcher David Welch to first baseman Chris Errecart.
Lucas May singles on a line drive to left fielder Drew T. Anderson.
With Juan Gonzalez batting, passed ball by J. R. Hopf, Lucas May to 2nd.
Juan Gonzalez walks.
Francisco Felix doubles (1) on a soft line drive to right fielder Vinny Rottino. Lucas May scores. Juan Gonzalez scores.
James Tomlin pops out to shortstop John Raburn.
Victor Mercedes flies out to center fielder Adam Stern.

Huntsville Top 3rd

Adam Stern singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann.
With Shane Justis batting, Adam Stern caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Lucas May to shortstop Juan Gonzalez.
Injury Delay.
Shane Justis flies out to center fielder James Tomlin.
Kevin Melillo flies out to center fielder James Tomlin.

Chattanooga Bottom 3rd

Andrew Lambo strikes out swinging.
Jamie Hoffmann singles on a ground ball to center fielder Adam Stern.
Gabriel Martinez homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Jamie Hoffmann scores.
Coaching visit to mound.
Joshua Bell called out on strikes.
Lucas May strikes out swinging.

Huntsville Top 4th

Vinny Rottino grounds out, pitcher Francisco Felix to first baseman Gabriel Martinez.
Drew T. Anderson doubles (2) on a fly ball to left fielder Andrew Lambo.
Chris Errecart singles on a ground ball to left fielder Andrew Lambo. Drew T. Anderson to 3rd.
Coaching visit to mound.
J. R. Hopf walks. Chris Errecart to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Jesus Rodriguez replaces Francisco Felix, batting 9th.
Coaching visit to mound.
John Raburn grounds into a force out, first baseman Gabriel Martinez to catcher Lucas May. Drew T. Anderson out at home. Chris Errecart to 3rd. J. Hopf to 2nd. John Raburn to 1st.
David Welch grounds into a force out, shortstop Juan Gonzalez to second baseman Victor Mercedes. John Raburn out at 2nd.

Chattanooga Bottom 4th

Juan Gonzalez walks.
Jesus Rodriguez out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher J. Hopf to second baseman Shane Justis. Juan Gonzalez to 2nd.
James Tomlin singles on a ground ball to shortstop John Raburn. Juan Gonzalez to 3rd.
Coaching visit to mound.
Victor Mercedes out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Vinny Rottino. Juan Gonzalez scores.
Andrew Lambo flies out sharply to right fielder Vinny Rottino.

Huntsville Top 5th

Adam Stern grounds out, second baseman Victor Mercedes to first baseman Gabriel Martinez.
Shane Justis singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Andrew Lambo.
Kevin Melillo lines out to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann.
Vinny Rottino flies out to left fielder Andrew Lambo.

Chattanooga Bottom 5th

Pitcher Change: Joshua Wahpepah replaces David Welch, batting 9th.
Jamie Hoffmann singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder Adam Stern.
With Gabriel Martinez batting, Jamie Hoffmann steals (4) 2nd base.
Gabriel Martinez walks.
Coaching visit to mound.
Joshua Bell walks. Jamie Hoffmann to 3rd. Gabriel Martinez to 2nd.
Lucas May strikes out on foul tip.
Juan Gonzalez walks. Jamie Hoffmann scores. Gabriel Martinez to 3rd. Joshua Bell to 2nd.
Jesus Rodriguez strikes out swinging.
James Tomlin singles on a ground ball to shortstop John Raburn. Gabriel Martinez scores. Joshua Bell to 3rd. Juan Gonzalez to 2nd.
Victor Mercedes flies out to center fielder Adam Stern.

Huntsville Top 6th

Drew T. Anderson reaches on fielding error by second baseman Victor Mercedes.
Chris Errecart called out on strikes.
J. R. Hopf grounds into double play, pitcher Jesus Rodriguez to shortstop Juan Gonzalez to first baseman Gabriel Martinez. Drew T. Anderson out at 2nd.

Chattanooga Bottom 6th

Andrew Lambo grounds out, first baseman Chris Errecart to pitcher Joshua Wahpepah.
Jamie Hoffmann singles on a line drive to left fielder Drew T. Anderson.
Gabriel Martinez strikes out swinging.
Joshua Bell flies out to right fielder Vinny Rottino.

Huntsville Top 7th

John Raburn singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann, deflected by first baseman Gabriel Martinez.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Chuck Caufield replaces Joshua Wahpepah.
Chuck Caufield lines out softly to center fielder James Tomlin.
Adam Stern singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann. John Raburn to 2nd.
Coaching visit to mound.
Shane Justis grounds into a force out, first baseman Gabriel Martinez to shortstop Juan Gonzalez. John Raburn to 3rd. Adam Stern out at 2nd. Shane Justis to 1st.
Pitcher Change: Brent Leach replaces Jesus Rodriguez, batting 9th.
Kevin Melillo flies out to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann.

Chattanooga Bottom 7th

Pitcher Change: Omar Aguilar replaces Joshua Wahpepah, batting 9th.
Lucas May singles on a sharp ground ball to shortstop John Raburn.
Juan Gonzalez lines out softly to right fielder Vinny Rottino.
Brent Leach strikes out on foul bunt.
With James Tomlin batting, Lucas May steals (1) 2nd base.
James Tomlin grounds out, third baseman Kevin Melillo to first baseman Chris Errecart.

Huntsville Top 8th

Vinny Rottino walks.
With Drew T. Anderson batting, Vinny Rottino steals (1) 2nd base.
Drew T. Anderson grounds out, shortstop Juan Gonzalez to first baseman Gabriel Martinez. Vinny Rottino to 3rd.
Chris Errecart strikes out swinging.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Jonathan Lucroy replaces J. R. Hopf.
Jonathan Lucroy strikes out swinging.

Chattanooga Bottom 8th

Jonathan Lucroy remains in the game as the catcher.
Victor Mercedes strikes out swinging.
Andrew Lambo pops out to third baseman Kevin Melillo.
Jamie Hoffmann singles on a line drive to left fielder Drew T. Anderson.
Gabriel Martinez strikes out swinging.

Huntsville Top 9th

John Raburn flies out to right fielder Jamie Hoffmann.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Freddy Parejo replaces Omar Aguilar.
Freddy Parejo walks.
Adam Stern strikes out swinging.
Shane Justis singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Andrew Lambo. Freddy Parejo to 2nd.
Coaching visit to mound.
Pitcher Change: Victor Garate replaces Brent Leach, batting 9th.
Kevin Melillo strikes out swinging.


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