PEARL, MS-The Chattanooga Lookouts scored four runs in the eighth to defeat the Mississippi Braves 8-5 and complete the series sweep at Trustmark Park Saturday evening.
In Saturday's series finale, Chattanooga (7-3) scored eight runs on 12 hits while Mississippi (2-8) plated five runs on five hits.
The five-game sweep saw Lookouts' starting pitchers dominate the M-Braves. Aaron Miller went five frames, limiting the Braves to three earned runs on just one hit . Miller walked four while fanning six.
The Lookouts jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when J.T. Wise and Gorman Erickson delivered back-to-back two-out RBI-singles to center field.
The M-Braves responded in the bottom of the frame. Phil Gosselin, Keenan Wiley, and Joe Leonard walked to load the bases. Christian Bethancourt then delivered a two-out bases-clearing triple to put the Braves out front 3-2.
Blake Smith led off the top of the third with a solo home run, his ninth long ball of the season, to tie the game at 3-3. Aaron Miller tripled and scored on a Rafael Ynoa sacrifice fly, giving the Lookouts a 4-3 advantage in the top of the fourth.
Greg Paiml was hit by a pitch to start the seventh. He then moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt and Jason Christian walked. Gosselin and Wiley followed with consecutive singles to drive in Paiml and Christian and give the M-Braves a 5-4 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Wise and Erickson drew back-to-back walks. Pedro Baez followed with a double to left field, plating Wise and tying the game at 5-5. Kyle Russell was then intentionally walked before Nick Buss drove in two with a double to right field. Ynoa then singled to drive in Russell and extend the Lookouts' lead to 8-5.
Luis Vasquez (2-2) struck out one in two-thirds of an inning to pick up the win. Logan Bawcom (S, 10) came on to work the final inning and record his 10th save of the year. Cory Rasmus (1-3) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on three hits and three walks in one-third of an inning.
Neither starter factored in the decision. Sean Gilmartin worked six innings for the Braves, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, a homer, and two walks. He struck out four batters.
Inning by inning Recap of the game.
Chattanooga Lookouts (7-3, 39-39): 8 R 12 H 1 E
Mississippi Braves (2-8, 32-48): 5 R 5 H 0 E
W: Luis Vasquez (2-2)
L: Cory Rasmus (1-3)
S: Logan Bawcom (10)
Blake Smith blasted his ninth home run of the season.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt