Lookouts Snap Losing Streak Beating BayBears, 6-5, in 10-Innings

Chattanooga Faces M-Braves Wednesday night

Monday, May 19, 2014
O'Koyea Dickson scored the first and the last runs of the game. The first run came on his solo home run, the ninth of the season.
O'Koyea Dickson scored the first and the last runs of the game. The first run came on his solo home run, the ninth of the season.
- photo by Tim Evearitt
MOBILE. AL --- Monday's Southern League game at Hank Aaron Stadium had a Twilight Zone parallelism. Each team's first baseman - Chattanooga's O'Koyea Dickson and Mobile's Jon Griffin - led off the second inning with a home run over the left-field fence. Each team's starting pitcher - Mobile's Mike Lee and Chattanooga's Garrett Gould - plated his team's second run with a double into the left-center gap. Each team loaded the bases in the ninth off hard-throwing relievers - Chattanooga's Pedro Baez and Mobile's Jimmie Sherfy - but failed to score.
Each team got two runners on base in the 10th inning.

That's where the parallelism ended. Chattanooga got one of its runners home, Mobile did not and the 6-5 decision ended the Lookouts four-game losing streak and ended their five-game series on a winning note.

Dickson's one-out walk off Mobile's seventh pitcher, Blake Cooper (3-1), started Chattanooga's 10th-inning rally. Running on a 3-2 pitch, Dickson went to third on Ryan Adams' pinch-hit single up the middle. That allowed him to score on Chris O'Brien's sac fly to center.

Chattanooga (17-27) held on in the 10th despite some misadventures in the field. Jake Lamb led off the home half of the 10th by lining a single past second baseman Darnell Sweeney. Dustin Martin lofted popup into shallow left field off reliever Matt Shelton. Left fielder Casio Grider ran into Erisbel Arruebarrena, sending both players sprawling and the Lookouts trainer running onto the field, but the Chattanooga shortstop held on to the ball for the out. Mike Freeman hit the ball sharply to first, where Dickson gloved it, stepped on first for the second out and threw to second to try to head off Lamb and end the game. But his throw skipped past Arruebarrena. Shelton got Tom Belza to ground out to Dickson to end the game -- the Chattanooga first baseman's seventh unassisted putout of the game.

Baez, who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers two weeks ago, walked Belza, gave up a two-out single to Garrett Weber, then decided to walk David Peralta after falling behind 2-0. With the bases loaded, Griffin put some electricity into Hank Aaron Stadium with a long line drive that landed foul down the left-field line before Baez struck him out to end the inning.

After Dickson homered down the left-field line to give Chattanooga a 1-0 lead in the second, Mobile answered with a leadoff homer in its half of the frame - a long ball onto BayBear Mountain by Griffin. Mobile didn't stop there. After singles by Martin and Freeman, Lee helped himself with a two-out, two-run double. Sean Jamieson's double completed the four-run outburst.

Chattanooga got two of the runs right back in the third, with Gould doubling in a run and scoring on Jeremy Hazelbaker's single.

Jamieson doubled again in the fifth and scored when Lamb beat out a two-out chopper.

Trailing 5-3, Chattanooga got a two-out, run-scoring double from O'Brien in the sixth. In the seventh, Noel Cuevas led off with a double off reliever Kaleb Fleck, went to third on Brian Cavazos-Galvez's pinch-hit flare to right and scored on Sweeney's long foul out to left to tie the game.

Box

The Southern League announced Monday that Hazelbaker has been named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for the period of May 12-18.  Hazelbaker is the first Chattanooga Lookouts’ player to earn a weekly accolade from the league this season. 

Coming into the week, Hazelbaker had a .269 batting average with two home runs and 12 RBIs. In his next six games the outfielder posted four multi-hit games to raise his average to .302.  Hazelbaker’s batting average is now the ninth highest in the Southern League. 

Following an off-day Tuesday, the Lookouts are home Wednesday night to open a five-game set with the Mississippi Braves.

----- Source: Al.com

Jeremy Hazelbaker -- Southern League Hitter of the Week.
Jeremy Hazelbaker -- Southern League Hitter of the Week.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

Lookouts Open Important Home Series With Smokies Tuesday Night

After losing 4-of-5 road games to the Jackson Generals and falling out of first place, the Chattanooga Lookouts open a home series with the Tennessee Smokies Tuesday night. The Lookouts,  2015 Southern League Champions, have slipped into third place in the North Division. The Montgomery Biscuits are in first place with the Jackson Generals, the first half division winners, ... (click for more)

Prep Football Tour: A visit to 11 schools During First Official Practice

"I love physics (3.8 GPA) and plan to study mechanical engineering in college and possibly play football.  - Ross Wortman a senior quarterback/linebacker at Boyd Buchanan.  He and Kohl Henke are vying for the starting QB spot this fall for the Bucs.   The 2016 prep football season officially got under way Monday as high school players across Hamilton County ... (click for more)

$30 Million Development Planned At King And South Market; Will Include Hotel, Condos, Offices, Retail, Possible Restaurant

A new $30 million development is planned for the Southside at King Street and South Market. Nick Wilkinson, city deputy director for economic development, said it will include a hotel, condos, offices, retail and possibly a restaurant. It could also include some light industry. A storage building and a parking lot are now at the site. He said the developers plan to reuse ... (click for more)

Investor In Scheme Says Dyer Made Contacts At Quarterback Club

One of the investors who was a loser in an investment scheme recently halted by the Securities and Exchange Commission said one of the Chattanooga brokers involved made many of his contacts through the Chattanooga Quarterback Club. Paul Smith, former Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman, said Doug Dyer has been the president for many years of the club that promotes UTC and ... (click for more)

Expand Broadband Internet, Not The Size Of Government

I’d like to respond to two letters in your July 13 edition that praised Rep. Mike Carter’s efforts to expand statewide broadband access. Rep. Carter wants more government involvement in the broadband sector, including an expansion of taxpayer-funded, municipal broadband networks.  Rep. Carter’s supporters argued he’s standing up for consumers against huge telecommunications ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Horses Vs. DesJarlais

It is well-known that shortly after the despicable “Big Lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry put on a very-pointed fundraiser for the equally repugnant Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) two years ago, the misguided doctor has repeatedly tried to bully and strong-arm the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the behalf of the vermin who sadistically torture the ... (click for more)