Lookouts Snap Losing Streak With 5-2 Win Over Generals

Homestand Ends Saturday Night

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Winning pitcher Zach Lee is the Dodgers' top pitching prospect in the Minor Leagues.
Winning pitcher Zach Lee is the Dodgers' top pitching prospect in the Minor Leagues.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Chattanooga Lookouts beat the Jackson Generals 5-2  Friday night and saw a five game losing streak snapped. Despite the Generals out-hitting the Lookouts, 11-7, Chattanooga took the fourth game of the series.

The Lookouts own the worst record (13-20) in the second half of the Southern League season.

The  Lookouts of late have not played like a team loaded with all-stars, but a couple of them rose up to deliver a much-needed victory Friday. Hits still came few and far between for the Lookouts, but the difference between this and 11 of the previous 13 nights is that a couple of them went a long, long way.

Lookouts' all-star hurler Zach Lee (8-7) made back-to-back homers by backup catcher Jan Vazquez and fellow all-star Joc Pederson stand up for a sorely needed  victory.

Lee allowed only one run -- Julio Morban's solo homer -- over six strong innings (89 pitches), walking one and striking out five. But his teammates put him in the recently rare position of having a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

Angelo Songco led off that inning with a walk, and Vazquez quickly followed with his second home run with the Lookouts. The crowd hadn't even settled when Pederson launched his 15th homer into the Chattanooga night over the pavilion.

A welcome fourth run was posted, however, in the sixth thanks to some small ball. Back-to-back leadoff singles by Rafael Ynoa and newest Lookout Jeremy Moore compounded by a Morban error put runners at second and third. Reliable J.T. Wise brought the insurance run home with a ground ball out.

The Lookouts bullpen was touched for a run in the seventh, but in the home half of the inning, a single, walk and Pederson single brought home an answering run.

But the Lookouts could not enjoy having a ninth-inning lead as the Generals loaded the bases against reliever Onelki Garcia with a walk and two singles. However, Gabriel Noriega lofted a fly ball to center that Pederson secured for the win and the Garcia's first save as a Lookout.

Pederson, who appears to have shaken his recent hitting slump, and Ynoa had two hits apiece as the Lookouts totaled seven for the game.

The current series and homestand wrap up tonight at 7:15 p.m.  A full house is expected since this is Used Car give-away night at AT&T Field.


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