Lookouts' Winning Streak Ends At 11 Games With 5-4 Loss to Suns

Suns Rally For Two Runs In Ninth Inning

Friday, August 15, 2014
Daniel Mayora's double cleared the bases giving the Lookouts a 3-2 lead.
Daniel Mayora's double cleared the bases giving the Lookouts a 3-2 lead.
- photo by Tim Evearitt
The Chattanooga Lookouts (25-26) came close to winning their 12th game in a row, but surrendered two runs in the ninth inning to fall to the Jacksonville Suns (31-22), 5-4. 

Current Standings

The game began with two quick innings to start things off, before Jacksonville broke up the scoreless tie.
Shortstop Austin Nola took first after he was hit by a pitch and scored later in the inning on a Viosergy Rosa RBI double. The Suns ended that frame with only one run, but increased their lead to two in the fifth inning on another RBI hit by Rosa off of Matt Shelton. Despite giving up two runs, Shelton delivered another solid performance by a Lookouts' starter, striking out five batters in his five innings of work. 

Trailing for the first time since August 6th against the Montgomery Biscuits (Down 2-1 in the 7thinning), the Lookouts' bats clicked into gear in the bottom of the fifth. Starting catcher J.C. Boscan began the inning with a bunt single to first base. Pinch-hitter Angel Sanchez then singled through the hole at shortstop to put two runners on. Two quick outs brought Scott Schebler to the plate who was hit by a pitch, for the 19th time this season, to bring up the white hot Daniel Mayora. The infielder continued to pound the baseball, slugging a bases-clearing double. Mayora finished the night going 1-for-3 and is now hitting .442 (19-for-43) in the month of August.

One night after leaving 17 runners on base, the Jacksonville Suns finally capitalized on their opportunities. For the third time on the night, Rosa gathered a clutch hit, this time collecting a triple. The first-baseman was then plated on a sacrifice-fly by Joe Benson.

With extra-innings looming, Chattanooga took to the field in the eighth inning and strung together a run on a fielding error, a single by Dickson and a sacrifice fly by Chris O'Brien. 

Up by one the Lookouts sent in Juan Gonzalez to close the game and extend their winning streak, but the right-hander got off to a shaky start and ended up loading the bases. A single by Benson brought home the tying run and the winning run on a close play at the plate. 


The loss sends the Lookouts back under .500 and one game back of the Tennessee Smokies for first place in the division. Friday Chattanooga will aim to begin another winning streak when RHP Steve Smith (1-0, 3.50) takes the bump against lefty Justin Nicolino (11-3, 2.72) on a Fireworks Friday and Arts Night at AT&T Field.  




PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Tyner at Brainerd Sequatchie Co. at Notre Dame Howard at Hixson Red Bank at East Ridge Riverdale at Baylor Sale Creek at Meigs Co. Walker Valley at McMinn Co. Soddy Daisy at Bradley Copper Basin at CSAS ... (click for more)

Lee Wins 5th SSAC POW Award

S.M. Lee of Dalton State (Ga.) was named SSAC Men's Golfer of the Week, presented by BoxOut Sports, the league office announced Tuesday. The award is based on performance for the week of April 16-22. S.M. Lee (Dalton State – SO – Buford, Ga.) This is his fifth Golfer of the Week honor this season. Lee won the individual SSAC Men's Golf Championship with a 10-under 203 ... (click for more)

Jury Clears Juvenile Judge Philyaw Of Discrimination Charge In Dismissal Of Openly Gay Magistrate

A federal jury deliberated about an hour on Tuesday afternoon before ruling in favor of Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw, who had been sued by an openly gay magistrate that he dismissed. Judge Travis McDonough had dismissed the other two defendants - Court Administrator Sam Mairs and Hamilton County - from the case at the close of the proof. Judge Philyaw said, "I thank the ... (click for more)

City Of Chattanooga Calls On Salvation Army To Open Overnight Shelter For Individuals Displaced From Brownfield Property

City officials said this past weekend, the Salvation Army was called upon by the city to extend shelter for those displaced from the encampment that was forced to close on 11 th Street due to hazardous living conditions. “We are continuing to stay in contact with those displaced from the contaminated site and are working to get them into more permanent housing,” said Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Why Can't Someone Unstop The Water Buildup Problem At The I-24 Cummings Highway Exit?

Exit 174 on westbound Interstate 24 is closed again as is the westbound entrance ramp. Cummings Highway is shut as well. I inquired at TDOT on Dec. 28, 2015, why this continues to happen. The engineer’s response was that the drain from ground west of the interstate runs under private land and cover over it has caused that pipe to collapse. Obviously flow still goes through, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Corker And ‘The Code’

Of all the vows, pledges, and bonds born unto the human race, nothing overrides “The Code.” It is an unwritten but deeply important knowledge that men should abide with equal respect, fierce loyalty, and chivalrous understanding of one another. For example, The Code dictates you must not and can never date a good friend’s ex-girlfriend, or ex-wife. Rather, you respect your friend ... (click for more)