Lookouts Fall To Generals In Game One Of Playoffs

Zach Lee Pitches Game Two For Chattanooga

Friday, September 7, 2012
Winning pitcher James Paxton
Winning pitcher James Paxton
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Jackson Generals shutout the Chattanooga Lookouts 3-0 in the first game of the Southern League North Division playoffs at Pringles Park in Jackson on a rainy Thursday night.

 In SL South Division action, Mobile dropped Montgomery 6-3 to take the first game of their best of five series.

Inning by inning recap of game one.

The Lookouts entered the game without the availability of two proven relievers. Steven “Paco” Rodriguez was promoted to the L. A. Dodgers and Rubby de la Rosa was sent to Great Lakes.

Matt Magill (0-1) did not fool many hitters in the early innings of the contest but he gave up only one run on seven hits over the first six innings.
With league Most Outstanding Pitcher Brandon Maurer unavailable due to an innings limit set by the Seattle Mariners, Jackson turned the ball over to James Paxton. Paxton (1-0) shut down the Lookouts with only three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Magill escaped trouble in the first inning when Brad Miller led off with a single and Francisco Martinez walked. Stefen Romero followed with a single to left but the throw home by Luis Nunez cut down Miller at the plate in a nice tag by Griff Erickson. Catcher Mike Zunino flew out to center, Magill fanned Joseph Dunigan, and the Generals failed to score.  

Jackson scored first in the bottom of the third. Miller collected his second single of the game and reached third with two out. Mike Zunino, who was the Mariners top draft choice in the 2012 draft, doubled off the center field wall to plate Miller. Generals 1  Lookouts 0

Rich Polythress was robbed of an extra base hit in the fourth when right fielder Brahiam Maldonaldo made an outstanding catch as he crashed into the wall. Chih-Hsien Chang followed with the sixth hit and Magill that with a one-out walk by Denny Almonte. After falling behind in the count, 3-0, Magill coaxed a pop out for the second out. Facing Miller, who was 2-for-2, for the third time, the right-hander got out of the jam when he grounded out to second.

Paxton continued his mastery of the Lookouts when he struck out the side in the top of the fifth, and he reached nine strike outs after fanning C. J. Retherford in the sixth.

The wind began picking up in bottom of the sixth and the Generals ground crew moved into place. Meanwhile, Chang hit a two-out single off Magill but, with the radar showing rain on the way, Almonte went down swinging for the third out.

Play was halted and the field was covered as the rain began to pour down.

The game resumed at 11:00 p.m. with Chattanooga coming to bat with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Yoervis Medina took over the mound duties for Jackson and set the Lookouts down. Eric Eadington, who replaced Magill, walked the first man he faced, Nate Tenbrink who was sacrificed to second.

Manager Carlos Subero went to the pen and brought in Yimi Garcia who would see his first action since joining the Lookouts from Class-A. He was greeted by Martinez’ double to left that scored Tenbrink with Jackson’s second run. Romero plated Martinez on a  double to right but was tagged out when he tried to take third. Zunino fanned. Generals 3  Lookouts 0

Medina threw a scoreless eighth and former Lookouts closer Logan Bawcom finished the job in the ninth.

Box Score

Jackson’s Game Two starting pitcher is James Gillheeney (0-1, 3.81 ERA), who spent most of 2012 in Single-A. He made five August starts for the Generals.

A mid-season callup, Zach Lee (4-3, 4.25) starts for Chattanooga on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Lee is a top prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chattanooga’s parent club.

Covenant Softball Picked 11th In Preseason Poll

The USA South Athletic Conference released its softball preseason coaches poll on Wednesday afternoon. Piedmont was picked to win the conference, while Covenant was selected to place 11th in the 13-team league. Piedmont garnered 11 of the 13 first place votes, while Averett had two. Piedmont finished last season ranked No. 21 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. ... (click for more)

Cox Leads Covenant Men Past Piedmont

- TJ Cox scored a career-high 21 points and the Covenant men's basketball team picked up a critical USA South victory on Wednesday night 69-61 at Piedmont inside Cave Arena. The victory snaps a brief two-game losing streak for Covenant (5-13, 4-5 USA South) as the Scots remain in contention for a USA South tournament berth. The loss is the third in a row for Piedmont (8-9, 3-4 ... (click for more)

Chief Fletcher Gives Maximum Punishment To Patrol Officer Who Fired 4 Shots Toward Vehicle That Backed Toward Him

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher has given a maximum punishment to an officer who fired four shots toward a vehicle after he said the driver backed into his vehicle with him standing behind it. Chief Fletcher sustained a finding of “improper use of force – discharge of firearm.” He suspended Officer Alex Olson for 30 days without pay – the maximum suspension allowed ... (click for more)

Van Found On Its Side Off Burkhalter Gap Road; Woman's Remains Nearby; May Be Trenton Woman Missing Since June 4

A van was found on its side off Burkhalter Gap Road on the side of Lookout Mountain near Trenton, Ga., on Wednesday with a woman's body nearby. Authorities said the woman may be a missing Trenton woman. Justine Marie Creech had been missing since June 4. The discovery was made by a woman out hiking. A skull and remains were near the rear tire, authorities said.  ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This One’s For ‘Grifter’

Back in October of 2013 a Facebook page called “OAF Nation” was created to “boost the morale” of the heroes who make up our nation’s military.” It was tongue-in-cheek satire, putting funny captions on every-day pictures that showed members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as they defended our country. Our fighting men and women loved it. It quickly went viral and today ... (click for more)