The Chattanooga Lookouts have swept their Wednesday doubleheader against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, piling on a combined 15 runs and five home runs across the two contests. Chattanooga has now won six straight games to move three games above .500.
In the first game of the double header the Lookouts scored three runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to keep the game out of reach.
The Looks were led by Zander Wiel, Tuesday night’s hero, who was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a walk.
In game 1, LaMonte Wade, Brent Rooker, Zander Wiel and Sean Miller all went deep as the Lookouts topped Jacksonville 12-4. In the process, Wiel extended his hitting streak to 10 games while LaMonte Wade had his third multi-hit game in his last four appearances. Southpaw Stephen Gonsalves (W, 2-0) had a season-high eight strikeouts during his six innings of work, scattering four hits in the process.
Wade was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, including a triple, a home run, and a walk, collecting two RBIs. Nick Gordon, Edgar Corcino and Sean Miller all had multiple hits as well.
The Lookouts did enough with their bats to give starter Gonsalves plenty of room to work with.. Gonsalves gave up three earned runs. He walked two and struck out eight, and also gave up a couple of home runs.
Cody Stashak came on for the seventh inning and gave up a run on two hits with the game already out of hand.
The Lookouts saved just enough runs to win the second game of the doubleheader, coming from behind to win a 3-2 ballgame.
Nick Gordon was 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Brian Navarreto had a nice game as well, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Tanner English added the other RBI on a sac fly as part of a 1-for-1 night, hitting ninth.
Zander Wiel struggled in the second game, he was 0-for-3 with three strike outs ending his 10 game hitting streak.
Ryan Eades pitched 3 2/3 innings. He gave up one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out six before being lifted for Omar Bencomo.
Bencomo picked up the win with the Lookouts scoring late, he pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up four hits and a run. He walked none and struck out four.
The Lookouts will send right-hander Randy LeBlanc (0-1, 3.60 ERA) to the mound in Thursday's game as he matches up against Jacksonville's righty Nick Neidert (1-0, 5.19 ERA).