The Chattanooga Lookouts are on the plus side -- finally. After two straight late innings come-from-behind wins, the Lookouts grabbed an early lead and never trailed in Sunday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the visiting Tennessee Smokies in a game played in 2:20 minutes.
Inning-by-inning game Recap.
Chattanooga out hit the Smokies 9-to-5. J.T. Wise went 2-for-3 with a home run; Ozzie Martinez was 2-for-4 with a homer.
Ross Stripling (4-1) started Sunday with the hot hand, retiring the first 11 Smokies in order.
The Lookouts built their 2-0 lead by manufacturing one run and striking with an unexpected long ball.
In the second, Joc Pederson walked, stole second and came home on Wise's base hit.
In the fifth, Martinez startled everyone with his first home run of the season at any level.
Stripling threw 6.0 innings giving up two runs on five hit. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Tennessee did not break through on the scoreboard until the 6th, tying the game 2-2 on three hits and a sacrifice fly. Justin Bour's RBI double wiped out the last of Stripling's lead.
The Lookouts broke the tie in the home sixth on Wise's second homer of the season.
In the seventh, Jan Vazquez checked in with his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot.
In the eighth, the Lookouts closed out the day's scoring on an RBI single from reliever Michael Thomas.
Thomas capped his pitching performance with three hitless innings of relief to earn his first save. He walked no one and struck out four.
The Lookouts' long homestand continues Monday night at 7:15 with the Montgomery Biscuits coming to town. Zach Lee is schedule to take his turn for the Lookouts.
J.T. Wise rounds third base after his home run.
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