Birmingham, AL -- Timely hits backed a stout performance from the Birmingham pitching staff as the Barons (32-35) took a two-games-to-one series lead over the Chattanooga Lookouts (35-33) with a 4-1 win at Regions Field on Friday.
The Jackson Generals (Arizona Diamondbacks) are winners of the first-half title of the Southern League North Division clinching the crown with a 3-1 win over Jacksonville.
Kohl Stewart put together a good start, but the Lookout offense wasn’t able to provide any run support. Stewart gave up only an unearned run on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Williams Ramirez came on and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning and a third. Sam Clay came on and got the final four outs, three of them on strikeouts.
Jimmy Kerrigan went 2-for-4. Tanner English was 2-for-3. Edgar Corcino had a single and a walk.
The two teams meet again Saturday and Sunday in the final two games of first half play.
The Lookouts return to AT&T Field Thursday, June 21. The Lookouts series vs. the Biloxi Shuckers, Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers continues through Tuesday, June 26