Error-Prone Lookouts Fall To Barons, 6-5, in 10-innings

Birmingham Scores Six Unearned Runs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Darnell Sweeney's two-out two-run ninth inning double gave the Lookouts what appeared to be a safe lead.
Darnell Sweeney's two-out two-run ninth inning double gave the Lookouts what appeared to be a safe lead.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Birmingham Barons walked-off with a 6-5 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts Monday in front of 3,495 fans at Regions Field. After rallying to capture the lead, the Lookouts committed two costly errors that sent the game into extra innings. The Barons won the game on a bases-loaded walk in the tenth inning.

The Lookouts have fallen to third place, 4.0 games behind the division leading Smokies.

Current Standings

Chattanooga took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning against Barons starter Mike Recchia on a base hit by Corey Seager that scored Scott Schebler from second and Daniel Mayora from first base after Jason Coats overran the ball in right field.


The Barons scored twice in the fourth inning on a Dan Black double that scored Chris Curley from first after center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker misplayed the ball. Black would score later in the inning on a Jason Coats sacrifice fly, tying the game at 2-2.

Recchia settled in after the rough first inning and finished with nine strikeouts and just four hits allowed over 6.0 IP.

The game remained knotted into the eighth inning where Adam Heisler led off the inning with an infield base hit and went to third on a pickoff throwing error by reliever Daniel Coulombe. Heisler would score the go-ahead run a batter later on a base hit by Chris Curley through a drawn-in infield, giving the Barons their first lead at 3-2.

Down to their last strike, the Lookouts rallied to retake the lead at 5-3, getting a two-out two run double by Darnell Sweeney against reliever Parker Frazier. Angel Sanchez added a key insurance run with an RBI double capping a three-run inning.

The Barons mounted a rally of their own in the ninth, aided by two errors from the Lookouts. With the bases loaded and two-outs, pinch hitter Martin Medina lined a two-run single up the middle against reliever Juan Gonzalez, tying the game at 5-5.

The game would head to extra-innings where the Barons loaded the bases against reliever Anthony Slama (0-2, 10.13) in the tenth and scored the winning run on a walk to Michael Earley.

Chattanooga has fallen to 26-29 in the second half.

Box 

The Barons will look to extend their winning streak to a season-best six gamesTuesday night as RHP David Cales (2-1, 4.53) takes the hill against RHP Freddie Cabrera (0-0, 0.79). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM.

Notes: The Lookouts have committed 26 errors in the month of August. Chattanooga has 178 errors in 125 games. The Southern League record for errors in one season is 240 in 147 games by Nashville in 1984.



Lookouts Snap Losing Streak With 5-4 Win Over Generals At Jackson

Facing the first place Jackson Generals on the road was no easy task but the Chattanooga managed to rally for a 5-4 win Thursday evening. Both pitching staffs struggled with their control with 15 total walks in the game. The win moved the Lookouts to a game under .500 at 10-11. Despite falling behind in the fifth inning, the Lookouts rallied in the top of the sixth, putting ... (click for more)

Former Chattanooga Lookout, Corey Seager, Turns 23 Today

Before steadily hitting and fielding his way to the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year , Corey Seager was a blue-chip prospect for the Dodgers. In 2014, he played 38 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts.  Today (April 27th, Seager celebrates his 23rd birthday (yes, he's still that young), and he is well one his way to much success in Major League baseball. ... (click for more)

County School Teachers To Get 3% Raise Under Balanced County School Budget

Hamilton County Schools teachers are slated to get three percent pay increases under the balanced budget approved by the School Board on Thursday afternoon. That comes on top of a two percent hike last year. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said a large influx of cash came from the state, and Governor Bill Haslam outlined that it was to raise the pay level for teachers. ... (click for more)

Law Enforcement Shuts Down Convenience Store Near College Hill Courts As Public Nuisance

Law enforcement on Thursday took steps to shut down a convenience store near the College Hill Courts as a public nuisance. The action was taken after District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed a petition with Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz about the Westside Shop. The store is operated by Salma Ambo, and the real property is owned by AAA Investment Properties LLC. The petition ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: County Commissioners Not Getting Bang For Their School Bucks

The Hamilton County School Board passed a balanced budget to present to the County Commission at a Special Called Meeting on Thursday night. They also attached a prioritized list of $24.5 million in critical needs for the County Commission to consider that will never see the light of day. The long and short of it is easy to see -- the County Commissioners have had enough. It ... (click for more)