Behind the arm of lefty Chris Reed's seven inning shutout performance Chattanooga beat Tennessee 4-1 in front of 5,596 fans on Saturday evening at Smokies Stadium.
Chattanooga notched their first victory of the second half.
Reed (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO) was exceptional in his seven innings of work for the Lookouts, scattering just four hits while striking out three to earn his fourth victory of 2014. After allowing a runner to reach third base in each of his first three frames, the lefty did not allow a Smokies player to get past first for his remaining four innings pitched.
It was the 24-year-old's best start against Tennessee after totaling a 1-4 record in his previous eight matchups, including seven starts. Reed's only other victory versus the Smokies came on April 11, 2013 at AT&T Field, when he allowed two earned runs in six frames.
Lookouts reliever Blake Smith (1.0 IP, 1 SO) followed Reed to notch his first save of the season, while Smokies starter Corey Black suffered the defeat to fall to 2-5 after allowing two earned runs on five hits in 4.2 frames, adding five strikeouts.
Chattanooga got the scoring started early, plating a single tally in the opening frame. Following Sweeney's leadoff base knock and CF Noel Cueva's two-bagger to right, Sweeney was able to come home on 3B Daniel Mayora's RBI groundout to put the Lookouts ahead 1-0.
The margin would then expand to two in the fourth with another lone run. After RF Casio Grider reached on a force out and advanced to second on a balk, SS Angel Sanchez came through with a run-scoring single to left, doubling Chattanooga's advantage to 2-0.
It would eventually become a three-run deficit for the Smokies in the sixth. Cavazos-Galvez started the frame with a double to right, before Grider brought him plateward on an RBI base hit to right, increasing the Chattanooga lead to 3-0.
The Lookouts would then add their final run of the night in the seventh. LF Scott Schebler would reach on a force out, and then steal second, before being brought in on Mayora's run-scoring base hit to center to make it a four-run contest.
Chattanooga's shutout thoughts would end in the eighth, however, with the Smokies plating their lone run of the contest. C Lance Rymel and CF Jae-Hoon Ha would each draw back-to-back free passes, with Rymel then scoring on 3B Christian Villanueva's RBI double down the left field line to put Tennessee on the board at 4-1.
Ha (2-3, 1 BB) reached base three times and was the lone Smokies hitter to record a multi-hit effort, while Cavazos-Galvez (2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB) and Sanchez (2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI) each collected two base knocks for the Lookouts. RF Rubi Silva reached base with a base knock in the seventh, extending his on-base streak to ten.
Tennessee and Chattanooga are slated to face off again Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m. RHP Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 7.56) is expected to take the mound for the Smokies in game four of the series, while the Lookouts are anticipated to counter by sending RHP Andres Santiago (1-4, 6.09) to the hill.