Finding themselves in a six-run deficit as the late innings approached, the Chattanooga Lookouts turned Saturday night's game at AT&T Field on a dime and flat-out stunned the Tennessee Smokies with 10 consecutive runs for an 11-8 victory.
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The win was a big equalizer for the Lookouts, at it evened up the five-game series and their second half record at 2-2, as well as their season overall mark at 37-37. The five-game series concludes Sunday at 2:15 with Ross Stripling (3-1) taking his turn for the Lookouts.
Sean Burroughs and Joc Pederson had three RBIs apiece to allow reliever Onelki Garcia (1-3) to enjoy his first win of the season.
The Lookouts had a hole to climb from because the Smokies finally solved Duke von Schamann Saturday night.
The Chattanooga Lookouts right-hander, who did not allow more than a run in each of his first two 2013 starts, was touched up for three runs in the second inning, and the Smokies would go on to score in three other innings and build a 7-1 lead. At that point, the Lookouts joined the battle and gave a crowd of 4,079 a memorable night of baseball.
In the early going, only Bobby Coyle's RBI single made a dent in the Smokies' lead. But in the sixth, the Lookouts added a pair, Coyle again the catalyst with a leadoff single.
Matt Szczur, Smokies leadoff man and former 1-AA collegiate football star, led the Smokies to a 7-1 lead against Von Schamann by going 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. But the Lookouts bats began coming to life on Friday, and erupted again in the late innings Saturday.
Sean Burroughs and Brian Cavazos-Galvez each drove in a run, but the Lookouts stranded a pair of runners as well.
That missed chance was all but forgotten an inning later, when Joc Pederson's three-run single broke the seventh wide open and gave the home team an 8-7 lead. Setting the table for Pederson were a pinch-hit RBI double by J.T.Wise to start the scoring and a Coyle sacrifice fly that made it a very interesting 7-5. Pederson's hit followed a Rafael Ynoa single and a Cavazos-Galvez walk to load the bases.
But fortunately, the Lookouts did not rest on a one-run lead. In the eighth, Rafael Ynoa drove in one run with a single and Burroughs plated two more with a two-out single. Their value became apparent when Tennessee scored against would-be closer Yimi Garcia on a pair of doubles.
The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon at 2:15 p.m.
Sean Burroughs catches a foul ball just in front of the Lookouts' dugout.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt