Lookouts Beat Smokies, 5-4, In 11 Innings

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Brian Cavazos-Galvez watches as his long three-run homer sails over the left field wall in the first inning.
Brian Cavazos-Galvez watches as his long three-run homer sails over the left field wall in the first inning.
- photo by Tim Evearitt
For the second straight night, the Chattanooga Lookouts gratefully accepted a walk-off wild pitch for a victory. The Lookouts, closing out their five-game series at AT&T Field, blew an early lead but righted the ship in time to outlast the Tennessee Smokies, 5-4 in 11 innings for their second win in the series.

Unlike Monday's game two finish, which was a simple wild pitch, the Smokies defense collaborated with Smokies reliever Frank Batista (1-2) to get the deciding run home.

Rafael Ynoa led off the home 11th with a single up the middle and was bunted to second by Miguel Rojas. Batista intentionally walked Southern League batting leader Joc Pederson and retired Brian Calvazos-Galvez on a pop fly for the second out. With C.J. Retherford hitting, a ball got a short distance away from Smokies catcher Jair Fernandez and Ynoa headed for third. Fernandez's throw to third sailed into left field and Ynoa came home with the winner.

The bullpen would be on call all night long, beginning with Kyle Cofield being called on late to start in place of Ross Stripling. Cofield left after two innings when he seemed to pull a hamstring while running the bases. Usual closer Yimi Garcia (1-2) this time earned the win, working two hitless innings while striking out four.

Earlier, lefty Michael Thomas had a superb long relief job for the Lookouts, working three innings with no hits allowed and only two walks against four strikeouts. But Hector Melo and Jose Dominguez failed to do their job, allowing a single run in the seventh and two in the eighth (on a two-run triple by Rubi Silva) to erase a lead that had stood since the first inning.

The Lookouts loaded the bases with two out in the ninth, but Smokies reliever Frank Bautista was able to coax a ground ball out of shortstop Ozzie Martinez to send the game into extras.

The early offense was all Chattanooga's as Calvazos-Galvez launched a three-run home run to left (his second) in the first inning, then added a fourth RBI in the fifth with a single. He would finish the night with three hits.

Pederson, who held a 15-point lead in the Southern League batting race, was 1-for-4 with two runs scored to end the night at .327. Yasiel Puig did not enter the game until the middle innings, but finished the night 2-for-3.

The Lookouts have a welcome non-travel day off Wednesday, allowing them some R and R before the Pensacola Blue Wahoos arrive in town for five games.

As Jackie Robinson appears to be smiling down on him, Blake Smith could not come up with a falling line drive to right field.
As Jackie Robinson appears to be smiling down on him, Blake Smith could not come up with a falling line drive to right field.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

Five Area Players Voted To TSWA All-State Soccer Teams

Five Chattanooga-area soccer players have been voted to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state soccer team. Making the team were Notre Dame's Michael Quatrano and James Teal, McCallie's  Drew Viscomi and Jonah Bryan and Baylor's Jackson Campbell. THE TEAMS Soccer   Class AAA GK: Tyler Delgado, Independence GK: A.J. Robbins, Dobyns-Bennett ... (click for more)

Flenniken Wins Ira Templeton Chattanooga Classic

The heat didn’t faze Casey Flenniken who won the 2016 Ira Templeton Chattanooga Classic by 1 stroke over Marshall Talkington and 2015 Champion Nick Garretson. Flenniken had a two-day total of 6-under-par 134 at Creeks Bend Golf Club in Hixson, TN. On the opening day Flenniken caught fire. He had five birdies and no bogey’s to shoot 65. On the second day Flenniken had to ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

Athens, Tn., Man Killed And Several Others Injured In 2 Wrecks Near Ooltewah Exit Of I-75

One person was killed and several others injured in two wrecks early Wednesday morning on I-75 northbound at exit 11.   The victim was James Newman, 66, of Athens, Tn.   Northbound lanes were closed while emergency crews worked both accidents. Traffic was rerouted to Old Lee Highway to avoid the accident scene.   Traffic was backed up for an extended ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (2)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)