Lookouts Fall To Smokies in 11 Innings, 5-4

Second Consecutive Loss Wallk-Off Loss For Chattanooga

Saturday, June 21, 2014
 Noel Cuevas hit a two-run homer to give the Lookouts an early 2-0 lead.
Noel Cuevas hit a two-run homer to give the Lookouts an early 2-0 lead.
- photo by Tim Evearitt
Tennessee outfielders Rubi Silva and Jonathan Mota slammed back-to-back home runs in the fourth, while catcher Charlie Cutler drew a bases-loaded walk-off base on balls in the eleventh inning to give the Smokies a 5-4 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Friday night in front of 5,493 fans at Smokies Stadium.

The win is third consecutive walk-off victory for the Smokies, who improved their second half record to 2-0 and are in position to clinch a series win Saturday evening. The loss drops the Lookouts to 0-2 in the second half, in addition to a 26-36 overall clip.


After both teams were held silent the first extra frame, Tennessee won it in the 11th after loading the bases. CF Jae-Hoon Ha started the final inning with an infield single, and then moved to second on 2B Stephen Bruno's base knock to center, with both then taking an extra base on an error on the play. The Lookouts would then intentional walk 3B Christian Villanueva to load the bags full for Cutler, who worked a nine-pitch at-bat, taking ball four to end the contest and cue the celebration.

The Smokies had walked off the previous night in regulation thanks to Villanueva's run-scoring single to center, while SS Elliot Soto recorded a walk-off base knock in the 11th inning in the club's first half finale on June 15 versus Mississippi. Overall, it was the fifth time Tennessee won a game in their last at bat.

For the second straight evening it was Chattanooga who got out in front early, once again thanks to the big fly. 2B Darnell Sweeney began the frame with a triple off the center field wall, and then came home when CF Noel Cuevas exited the yard with a two-run blast to left, putting the Lookouts ahead 2-0.

The Smokies, however, would answer back with their back-to-back jacks with to snag the 3-2 advantage. After Cutler drew a free pass, Silva smacked his second homer in as many nights with an opposite field two-run shot to left, evening the tally at 2-2, while Mota followed with a solo shot off the left field foul pole to put Tennessee ahead. It marked the second time this year the Smokies hit homers in consecutive at bats after doing so on April 13 versus Chattanooga.

Two innings later, the Lookouts would take back the lead with a two-run sixth. After LF Scott Schebler doubled to right, C Chris O'Brien immediately followed with a two-bagger of his own off the right field wall to nod the game even. O'Brien would then come across thanks to a Smokies miscue after SS Angel Sanchez reached on a force out to give Chattanooga their second lead.

That margin did not last long however, as Tennessee came right back to tie the contest at 4-4 in the next half inning. Cutler reached base on his second walk of the evening, and then moved on to third on an error, before coming across on another Chattanooga error to draw the game even and force extra innings.

Bruno (2-6) and Silva (2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI) each recorded two base knocks in the Smokies win, while O'Brien (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB) and Cuevas (2-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI) recorded multi-hit efforts for the Lookouts. In addition, both Villanueva and Cutler each drew three walks, with Villanueva reaching base four times on the evening.

Neither starting pitcher figured in the final decisions, with Tennessee RHP Matt Loosen (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) allowing two earned runs on three hits, adding five strikeouts in five frames, while Chattanooga RHP Matt Shelton (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) yielded three runs on four hits in four frames. Smokies relief man Jeff Lorick (1.0 IP) earned the victory with a perfect 11thh inning to improve to 2-2, while Juan Noriega (0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB) suffered the defeat.

Tennessee and Chattanooga are set to square off again Saturday night for the third game of their series, with first pitch scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The Smokies are set to give the nod to RHP Corey Black (2-4, 3.25), while LHP Chris Reed is slated to take the hill for the Lookouts.

PHOTOS: Dalton Swimmers Slip Past Stuart Heights

UTC Athletics Finish 61st In Capital One Cup Standings

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s 2014-15 athletic season continues to stack up well against the rest of the nation, according to the recent release of the final Capital One Cup standings.  The Mocs men’s programs placed a collective 61st in all of NCAA Division I, outpacing 26 schools from the so-called ‘Power Five’ conferences.  The Capital One Cup is ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Rejects 10-Cent Tax Rise For Lake Forest MS; Firefighters Get $3,000 Raise

With a small crowd of demonstrators sitting in the back of the room with signs that read, “Vote no on property tax increase,” the Bradley County Commission on Monday night finally rejected a proposed 10-cent property tax increase that would have added funds to the construction of a new academic building at Lake Forest Middle School.   Funding for renovations at ... (click for more)

11 Attorneys Apply In 2nd Round For Replacing Judge Stern

Eleven attorneys have applied in the second round of applications to replace Rebecca Stern as judge of Criminal Court's Division II. The applicants are: Christian J. Coder Chattanooga Tracy Cox Signal Mountain Amanda B. Dunn Chattanooga Ardena Juanita Garth Chattanooga Thomas Clifton Greenholtz Ooltewah Andrea DeFay Hayduk ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hay Fields Of July

Oh my goodness, July has just arrived and during my formative years, it was the most hated month of the year. When I was 12 years old, my wonderful grandfather decreed the days of begging for money to go to the picture show and burgers at the Krystal were over, that I was on the payroll for a dollar an hour and, in our family, folks worked for what they spent. Now my grandfather, ... (click for more)