Pensacola’s starting pitchers Tony Cingrani and Mark Serrano came through with solid performances to lead the Blue Wahoos to two wins over the Lookouts in a Friday night double-header at AT&T Field. Pensacola won the first game, 2-1, and took the second game of the twinbill, 6-1.
The Jackson Generals jumped over the Lookouts into first place in the SL North Divsion. Generals lead Chattanooga by 1 1/2 games. Current Standings
In the first game of double-header, both teams remained scoreless until the fourth inning. Pensacola ended the offensive drought with two runs. David Vidal got the rally started with a one-out double. Andrew Means followed with a walk to put two runners on base. At which point, Lookouts starting pitcher Aaron Miller (4-6), who had a sudden illness, was removed from the game in favor of reliever Javier Solano. Solano was greeted with a two-RBI triple from Tucker Barnhart to account for Pensacola’s two runs of the game.
The Lookouts scored their lone run of the game in the bottom portion of the fourth. C.J. Retherford led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a J.T. Wise ground out. A passed ball by catcher Tucker Barnhart allowed Retherford to score Chattanooga's only run of the contest..
Pensacola starting pitcher Tony Cingrani (5-1) went the full seven innings to earn the win. He yielded just one unearned run, four hits, two walks, while striking out two in his performance.
Inning by inning Recap of game one.
Nick Buss gave the Lookouts a quick lead in the second game of the twinbill with a solo shot in the first frame.
The Blue Wahoos exploded for five runs in the third inning to take the lead from Chattanooga. Lookouts starting pitcher Chris Reed (0-1), who entered the third without having relinquished a hit, had control problems and found himself in trouble with the bases loaded and two outs. Bill Rhinehart delivered a ground-rule double to bring home two runners. Reed’s struggles continued, as he again loaded the bases by walking Brodie Greene. Bryson Smith ripped a bases-clearing triple to put the score at 5-1, sending Reed to the showers.
Pensacola added an insurance in the seventh on an RBI single from Ryan LaMarre to put the score at its final resting point, 6-1.
Mark Serrano (1-0) was credited with the win for the Blue Wahoos. In five solid innings of work, his only serious blemish was the solo shot to Buss in the first frame. He surrendered four hits and a walk, while striking out five in the winning effort.
Inning by inning Recap of game two,
The Lookouts will hit the road to play the Mississippi Braves in a four-game series.
Chattanooga will be back in town on Thursday, July 19th to play a four-game series against the Tennessee Smokies.
Following an off day on July 23rd, the Lookouts will resume their homestand with a five-game series against the Birmingham Barons.
Tickets for these games 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.