In a wild twelfth inning, the Lookouts (10-11) came from behind to take an 8-7 win over the visiting Mobile Baybears (11-10) befor a sparse, but vocal, crowd of 1,630 at A&T Field Wednesday night.
With the 'bears up 7-5 after plating a couple of runs in the former half of the inning, the Lookouts came out fighting for the win.
Brian Cavzos-Galvez stroked a single and then stole second base. After a Luis Nunez base on balls, a J.T. Wise single loaded the bases.
Pinch hitter Aaron Miller was hit by a pitch, forcing home Cavazos-Galvez. Travis Denker lifted a sac fly to right, scoring Nunez and moving runners to second ande third. Griff Erickson was given an intentional pass and Rafael Ynoa followed with a sharply hit ball that first baseman Yazy Arbelo could not handle allowing Wise to score the winning run.
Cavazos-Galvez was the hot bat of the night for the Looks as he homered twice and singled.
Luis Vasquez (1-1) was the inning pitcher and Kevin Munson (1-3) took the loss.
The Lookouts broke on top early by way of a Blake Smith 400-foot plus solo shot over the center field wall.
The next inning Chattanooga's bats continued to rap Mobile starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs' offerings deep over the wall. This time Brian Cavazos-Galvez chased home Withrow with yet another shot over the center field fence. This put the Lookouts up 3-0.
The Baybears struck back in the fifth frame to bring the score to 3-1. Marc Krauss and Alfredo Marte both drew a base on balls to start the inning and with the runners standing on first and second, Withrow unleashed a pick-off attempt that ended up in center field allowing both to advance.
Ed Easley then lined out to right fielder Smith who made a magnificent diving catch to hold the runners.
Then with two outs, pitcher Skaggs helped himdself with an RBI single into left scoring Krauss. Withrow trhen got David Nick to ground out to second baseman Luis Nunez.
Withrow returned the favor the next inning when he reached on a one-out error by Mobile's shortstop. He didn't stay at first long though as Cavazos-Galvez delivered a Skaggs pitch deep over the left centerfield wall for his second homer of the game and fourth of the season. This brought the score to 5-1 Lookouts.
The Lookouts' lead would not stand however, as the Baybears loosed a calvacade of hits on the home team in the seventh inning.
Krauss doiubled to start the frame and following two outs, Easley took a base on balls and Kyle Greene,pinch hitting for Skaggs, launched a triple into center field scoring Krauss and Easley to make the score 5-3.
A David Nick infield single chased Greene home. At this point, following five good innings, Withrow ran out of gas and manager Carlos Subero went to his bullpen for Blake Johnson.
Johnson was immediately met by a Wladimir Sutil double scoring Nick which tied the game at 5-5.
Chattanooga cut down a run at the plate in the top of the eleventh and got out of a jam with runners at first and third when relief pitcher Luis Vasquez induced a ground ball to short for the frorce out at second 6 to 4.
The Lookouts made a gallant attempt to end it in the bottom of the eleventh when Travis Denker led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Griff Erickson sac bunt. He moved to third when Rafael Ynoa grounded out to the second baseman. Unfortunately that is where Denker would remain as Nick Buss flied out to center for the final out of the inning.
Lookout shortstop Jake Lemmerman had to be scratched from the line-up Wednesday night due receiving stitches above his eye when he was hit by an errant throw during pre-game warm-up,
Baybears 000 010 400 002 7 9 1
Lookouts 012 02X 000 003 8 9 3
Attendance: 1,630 Time: 4:00
Box Score: http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2012_04_25_mobaax_cngaax_1
Current Series: The series continues through Sunday. Gates open at 6 p.m. for 7:15 starts. Friday night is Fireworks Night and Saturday night the ZOOperstars make their first appearance of the 2012 season at AT&T Field. Thursday's Probable Starters: Mobile - RHP Trevor Bauer (4-0, 0.41); Chattanooga - RHP Allen Webster (1-3, 4.43)
Lookouts Field Notes: The Lookouts offense, as of Tuesday, has produced the most runs in the Southern League (94).
(Staff Writer Dennis Norwood can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)