Aaron Miller pitched five solid innings on the mound for the Lookouts, while also contributing with his bat to lead Chattanooga to a 6-3 win over the Huntsville Stars in Thursday night action at AT&T Field.
Huntsville entered the scoreboard in the second inning. With one out on the board, Tommy Manzella and Juan Sanchez singled to set-up a successful Josh Stinson bunt. Lookouts starting pitcher Aaron Miller then walked Kentrail Davis to load the bases. Josh Prince came through with a single to score Manzella, but a close play at the plate, which resulted in Sanchez being called out, ended the rally.
The Lookouts matched and raised the Stars’ effort in the bottom portion of the second inning with three runs. Pedro Baez and Blake Smith set the table with singles. A botched double play attempt in which second baseman Scooter Gennett made an errant throw after nabbing Smith at second allowed Baez to score and Rafael Ynoa to reach first safely. Griff Erickson then walked to put Miller at the plate with runners on first and second. Miller then ripped a triple to center field to plate both runners, while giving him a 3-1 cushion.
Chattanooga added another run in the bottom of the third. Luis Nunez singled to lead off the inning and quickly swiped second to put himself into scoring position. J.T. Wise then singled to put runners on the corners. At the cost of a double play, Nunez was able to cross home plate to put the score at 4-1.
The Stars produced a run in the fifth frame on a Hunter Morris RBI double; however, the Lookouts negated the run in the bottom portion of the fifth. A Jake Lemmerman single followed by two throwing errors accounted for the Lookouts’ run.
Another insurance run was added to the Lookouts’ total in the bottom of the sixth. Ynoa hit a ground-rule double to the left-center field gap that bounced over the wall, stole third, and made his way home on a Griff Erickson sacrifice fly to center field.
Huntsville had the makings of a big rally in the eighth inning. Lookouts reliever Blake Johnson walked Manzella and Sanchez before loading the bases on a Domnit Bolivar single. After a Davis fly out, Price nailed a single to center to score Manzella. The stream of production for the Stars, however, coagulated once Logan Bawcom entered the game on the mound for the Lookouts. Bawcom, the most recent addition to the Lookouts bullpen, was able to induce a double play to end the inning.
Bawcom shut the door on the Stars to preserve the 6-3 win, while earning his second save of the season for the Lookouts in the process.
The Lookouts and the Stars will continue their five-game series at 7:15 P.M., Friday. A spectacular fireworks show follows the completion of the game. 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.
Aaron Miller slides safely into third with an RBI triple.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt