Lookouts Outslug Wahoos Tuesday, 14-10

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Casio Grider hit his second homer of the year -- a 392 foot blast.
Casio Grider hit his second homer of the year -- a 392 foot blast.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Chattanooga Lookouts (3-3)(29-47) welcomed the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2-4)(31-40) for the first home game of the second half of the season and the first for the Lookouts since June 4th. Chattanooga started the 10-game home stand  off  right, winning a high scoring affair by a score of 14-10 after the rain tried to dampen the game.

Some afternoon rain showers pushed the start of the game back nearly half an hour,  but  the Lookouts got the scoring started early. In the bottom of the second inning,  Casio Grider launched a ball off the top half of the scoreboard to  plate  O’Koyea Dickson and Angel Sanchez, who had both reached base via the walk.
The blast, estimated at 392 feet, was the second of the year for Grider.

The Lookouts opened the floodgates in the very next inning as the first two batters who came to the plate, Darnell Sweeney and Noel Cuevas, each took a free ride to first base. Daniel Mayora and Dickson followed their efforts with RBI singles, but the big fly of the inning was hit by Scott Schebler  off of Pensacola's starting pitcher Daniel Corcino (L, 7-6) . His 15th home run of the season  drove in  three runs, giving the Lookouts a commanding 8-1 lead . The home run put him atop the home run leaderboard among active Southern League players.

Outfielder Yorman Rodriguez got some of the runs back for the Blue Wahoos, hitting a grand slam to dead center field  in the fourth.  In the bottom of that inning Cuevas continued his hot hitting at home with a RBI triple, making it the 13th consecutive  home game that he’s hit in. He’s  now  hitting .362 (17-for-47) in those 13 games. That  run gave the Lookouts a three-run lead, but it  didn’t stop the Blue Wahoos from continuing to chip away at the lead slowly, bringing the game within just one run by the sixth inning.

It was in the bottom of the sixth that the Lookouts scratched out some insurance runs. Even though the inning led off with two straight strikeouts, Mayora started a rally with a two-out single. Dickson doubled him in before a single and a walk loaded the bases for Sanchez, who hit a double of his own to put two more into the run total, extending that one run lead to four.

Darnell Sweeney was on a nine-game hitting streak coming into the game, but was hitless on the night when he came up to bat in the seventh inning. He extended the streak to 10 games in style, hitting one out to the Right Field Pavilion putting two more on the board, helping to propel the Lookouts to a 14-10 win.  The win puts the Lookouts at .500 for the first time since April 6th when they were 2-2.    

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