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.

Lookouts Fall To Suns Tuesday, 3-2

Aaron Slegers made the start for the Lookouts in this one and pitched into the seventh inning. The damage came on a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Suns the lead, but Slegers would leave the game with it tied at two and two runners on in the seventh.. Zack Jones was summoned and gave up a single to load the bases, but struck out the next two batters to close ... (click for more)

Major League Baseball Announces Post-Season Schedule

Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday, Oct.25, in an AL city to be determined. While the 10 participants and eventual ... (click for more)

Federal Judge Orders Walker County To Pay Erlanger $8,705,000, Plus Interest; Question Of Attorney Fees And Expenses To Go To Jury

Federal Judge Harold Murphy, in a 63-page ruling handed down Tuesday, ordered Walker County, Ga., to pay the Erlanger Health System $8,705,000, plus interest, on the Hutcheson Hospital debt. Judge Murphy, of Rome, Ga., said the question of attorney fees and expenses owed Erlanger by Walker County should be decided by a jury trial. Walker County and Catoosa County earlier agreed ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Problems With The Proposed Apartments In Lookout Valley

I am deeply troubled at the way in which this proposal has been handled. The blatant disregard for the residents of Kelly's Ferry Road and the wishes of the Lookout Valley Area Plan (which was adopted by the city in 2003) by Chip Henderson and Tommy Austin amazes me. Yes, there was a meeting of the Lookout Valley Neighborhood association in August, but it wasn't on its normal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah & The Bullies

During the week of Christmas I got an email from a longtime friend at the Knoxville News-Sentinel that laughingly wondered what kind of basketball do you people play (in Chattanooga?) It included sketchy details of the rape, and subsequent surgery, of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who had been assaulted by his own teammates at a Gatlinburg holiday tournament. Today ... (click for more)