Isabel Slams Homer In Fifth Straight Game As Chattanooga Lookouts Stop Birmingham Barons Saturday, 7-4

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Saturday night, powerful Ibandel Isabel slugged a home run, a two-run shot, in his fifth consecutive game for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Saturday night, powerful Ibandel Isabel slugged a home run, a two-run shot, in his fifth consecutive game for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Chattanooga Lookouts outlasted the Birmingham Barons Saturday night, 7-4, their fifth series win on the year.

LHP Packy Naughton made his Lookouts' debut and came away with the the win. Naughton tossed five strong innings, while giving up two earned runs, on six hits, along with fanning four.

Birmingham got on the board early as they nabbed a run on a pair of hits and an error, taking the lead 1-0.

Chattanooga responded, as catcher Chris Okey blasted his fourth home run of the year, as he put the Lookouts back on top 3-1.

The Barons tied it back up at 3-3 on a Luis Alexander Basabe double, scoring a pair.

After that it was all Lookouts, as Ibandel Isabel crushed another home run, his 13th of the year, putting Chattanooga in the driver seat, 5-3. It's been several days since Isabel hasn't homered in a game, and he wasn't going to let the streak end on Saturday. 

WIth two outs in the fifth, Isabel took a 1-0 pitch from Barons' starter Blake Battenfield over the wall in right-center field, scoring Taylor Trammell.

It was his 100th career homer and came an inning after he singled on a soft line drive to center.

Isabel has been on an incredible run at the plate hitting a homer in his fifth consecutive game. He is just one homer away from the Southern League record.

"He's just got a powerful swing, man," Chattanooga hitting coach Daryle Ward said to MiLB reporter Shlomo Sprung following the game. "It's pretty impressive to watch. He's just got a good feel for hitting hard line drives in the air. Even when he gets under it a little bit, he's still strong enough to drive the ball out of the ballpark."

Ward said that Isabel was able to improve his swing, thanks to some video work that focused on what kind of position he was in before he got ready to attack the baseball.

"Earlier, he was kind of jumping off of his backside a little bit," Ward said. "Then he was able to stay on his back leg, so that way he could drive through the baseball."

Isabel possesses so much strength, the former Major Leaguer noted, that he can miss-hit the ball and still leave the yard. But there are times the native of the Dominican Republic commits to swinging at a ball before it's thrown, something Ward would like to eliminate.

"As hitters, sometimes you make up your mind that you're gonna swing at this pitch, no matter where it is," he said. "But just to remind him there's no place in the ballpark where he can't hit the ball over the fence, so there's no need for him to panic. He can just see the ball first and then explode on the ball when he gets a good look at it."

Alfredo Rodriguez and Okey both added a pair of insurance runs to secure the win.

Closer Joel Kuhnel came in the eighth inning to lock down the game, earning his sixth save on the year.

Lookouts game highlights (from redsminorleagues.com)

  • Alfredo Rodriguez went 3-5.
  • Ibandel Isabel went 2-4 with a 2-run home run (13).
  • Mitch Nay went 1-4 with a triple.
  • Brantley Bell went 2-4 with a steal and 2 runs scored.
  • Gavin LaValley went 0-2 with 2 walks and a run scored.
  • Chris Okey went 1-4 with a home run (4) and 4 RBI.
  • Michael Beltre went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Packy Naughton allowed 2 earned in 5.0 innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
  • Aaron Fossas allowed a run in 2.2 innings with 3 strikeouts.
  • Joel Kuhnel threw 1.1 shutout innings with a strikeout.
  •  Box Score

    Sunday, the Lookouts celebrate Memorial Day with RHP Tony Santillan (1-2, 3.50 ERA) taking the ball in the series finale against Barons southpaw Kodi Medeiros (0-6, 6.68 ERA).

    Game time is set for 6:15 p.m.


    Cleveland State Volleyball Win 3-0 Over Bryan JV

    Covenant Men Shutout Berea 3-0

    Bryan Volleyball Stumbles At AAC North Division Leader Union College


    The Cleveland State volleyball secured a 3-0 win over Bryan College JV on Wednesday evening. The first set, Cleveland State won 25-17. Hannah Collins was on fire offensively in the set, ... (click for more)

    The Covenant men's soccer team picked up its second shutout of the season, while Josh Brower and Mercer Stout continued to power the offense in a 3-0 victory over Berea on Wednesday afternoon ... (click for more)

    BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Appalachian Athletic Conference North Division leader Union College (Ky.) proved too much for Bryan College volleyball on Tuesday evening when the Lions made the trip up to ... (click for more)


    Sports

    Cleveland State Volleyball Win 3-0 Over Bryan JV

    The Cleveland State volleyball secured a 3-0 win over Bryan College JV on Wednesday evening. The first set, Cleveland State won 25-17. Hannah Collins was on fire offensively in the set, recording four kills in the frame. Abbie Stinnett was also a major contributor in the Lady Cougars’ scoring, killing the ball three times. Madeline Dasher and Sydney Allen paired together ... (click for more)

    Covenant Men Shutout Berea 3-0

    The Covenant men's soccer team picked up its second shutout of the season, while Josh Brower and Mercer Stout continued to power the offense in a 3-0 victory over Berea on Wednesday afternoon at Scotland Yard. Covenant (4-0-1, 1-0 USA South) remains unbeaten on the year and won its conference opener for a second consecutive season. It is also the first time since 2004 that ... (click for more)

    Breaking News

    Dr. William Jackson Named Erlanger’s New CEO; Spiegel Gets Year's Salary, Continuing Insurance

    During a specially-called meeting of the Erlanger Health System Board of Trustees, Chairman Mike Griffin announced that Chief Medical Officer Dr. William L. Jackson Jr., has been appointed as the health system’s new president and chief executive officer. Also a settlement was reached with former president Kevin Spiegel, who resigned last week under pressure from the board. ... (click for more)

    Car Accident On Lee Highway Causes Vehicle To Crash Into Hotel

    A car accident on Lee Highway caused a gold van to leave the road, crash into an SUV in a hotel parking lot and then into two hotel rooms, structurally damaging the building. The incident happened just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the In Town Suites on Lee Highway. Both hotel rooms were empty at the time of the incident. A total of 12 surrounding rooms were evacuated as a precaution. ... (click for more)

    Opinion

    Let The Water Company Pay The Bill - And Response

    Tennessee American breaks a line and 35,000 people lose water for three days. Well they don’t exactly admit they broke it, they were working on it a few feet away and it just broke….so they say. One half of TAWC service area is out of water three days and nights, hospitals canceling surgery, schools closed and opened and then sending the children home, businesses shut down, government ... (click for more)

    Gregg Gentry Says He Was Not At Meeting On Nurse Pay

    Regarding Mr. Exum's claim in his Sept. 12 column that Erlanger Chief Administrative Officer Gregg Gentry attended his Sept. 4 meeting with Kevin Spiegel is not accurate. Mr. Gentry said he was not at this meeting. (click for more)