Birmingham AL -- On a wet night at Regions Field, the Birmingham Barons (32-36) fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (36-33) by a 12-2 score on Saturday night in a rain-shortened contest. The Birmingham loss evens up the five-game series at two games each with one game to play in the first half.
Rain and the Lookouts were the winners on Saturday night in Birmingham as the game was shortened to just six innings. The Lookouts collected 12 hits in the shortened game.
All nine players in the Lookouts lineup had at least one hit. The first six in the lineup had at least two hits.
In the sixth inning, Andy Wilkins hit a three-run homer off Birmingham reliever Connor Walsh to make the lead 11-2 Lookouts. After Chattanooga plated another run, the skies above Regions Field opened up, leading to a delay of more than an hour before the umpires called the game, giving the Lookouts a win.
Sean Poppen was the recipient of the offensive outburst. The right hander gave up two runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk.
James Ramsey led off and led the way. He went 4-for-4 with his fourth home run and three RBI. Wilkins went 2-for-4 with his third homer and four RBI.
Brent Rooker was 2-for-4 with his 14th double and two runs driven in. Jimmy Kerrigan was also 2-for-4. The California Connection of Chris Paul and Mitchell Kranson were also each 2-for-4 in the game.
The final game of the first half was cancelled due to bad weather. The Southern League has a three day break in order to hold its 2018 All-Star game in Birmingham.
The Lookouts open the second half of the season on Thursday night at AT&T Field. Game time is 7:15 p.m.
Chattanooga announced Sunday that the Twins have released relief pitcher, Zach Jones.