Friday's game included a fireworks show following the conclusion of the game but the Smokies batters put on a fireworks show of their own before a crowd of 3,688. The game was over by the middle of the second inning with the visiting Tenn Smokies leading 8-0. But the contest had to be played out and the final score was 12-1. Mercifully for the Lookouts, only three games remain in the season.
The Smokies victory featured a monstrous performance by first baseman Justin Bour, who fell a triple shy of the cycle and finished 3-for-5 with six RBIs and a run scored.
After Matt Szczur began the game with an infield single and advanced to third base on a steal and groundout, Bour went opposite field with a two-run homer over the left field wall to bring in Szczur and give Tennessee an early 2-0 lead.
Tennessee kept the offense rolling in the next inning when Rubi Silva led off the second with a single to right field. Brett Jackson stepped to the plate in the next at-bat and doubled to center field. Silva moved to third on the play but crossed home plate on a throwing error by Lookouts' center fielder Joc Pederson to extend the Smokies lead to 3-0.
The Cubs Double-A-affiliate added on later in the inning as Arimendy Alcantara laced a two-run single with the bases loaded to score Jackson and catcher Rafael Lopez for a 5-0 Tennessee lead. The Smokies added three more runs in the second frame on a Bour single and Christian Villanueva double to take an 8-0 lead over Chattanooga.
The Smokies extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Jackson sent his second triple with Tennessee to straightaway center and scored on a Lopez groundout to push the lead to 9-0.
Bour capped off his successful evening when - with the bases loaded - the first baseman doubled to left field to clear the base pads and blow open a 12-0 advantage over the Lookouts.
Lookouts bats were silenced until the seventh when they scored a run on a double play.
Smokies right-hander Eduardo Figueroa (2-2, 2.38) earned the win, throwing six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit while striking out five batters. Lookouts starter Garrett Gould (2-5, 6.19) lasted just an inning-and-a-third, giving up six earned runs.
Pederson was the only Lookouts player named to the Southern League All-Star team. He was honored for his work as an outfielder for Chattanooga As of Friday, he led the SL eligible position players in slugging percentage (.497) and second in OPS (.880), third in homers (21) and OBP (.384) and fourth in steals (30). It is the second time in three seasons that the 21-year-old has taken home postseason honors after being named a Pioneer League All-Star in 2011.
Game three Saturday has Chris Reed facing Nick Struck in the 7:15 match up.