It was somewhat of a ho-hum Sunday afternoon at AT&T Field, but it all ended on a positive note for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Facing the Birmingham Barons in the seventh game of the week-long series, the Lookouts bounced back from a doubleheader loss on Saturday to beat the Barons by a 3-2 final, winning the series 5-2.
After Monday’s normal day off, the Lookouts play at Tennessee for their final road trip of the season before returning home on Sept. 14 for a final six-game home stand with the Mississippi Braves.
Chattanooga improves to 52-50 with Sunday’s win and is in third place in the Double-A South’s Northern division, a half-game back of the Barons, who are still in second place behind the Rocket City Trash Pandas now 56-52 with Sunday’s loss.
Dylan Baker was the starting pitcher for Chattanooga, but he didn’t get the decision after allowing his only run in the sixth when the Barons knotted the score at 1-1.
Eddy Demurias, who didn’t allow anything in 2.2 innings, got the win and improved to 2-3 for the season while Daniel Duarte earned his fourth save after allowing one run in the ninth.
It was really a nice afternoon to be at the park as temperatures were in the low 80s. It was a faster-than-normal game as it took two hours and 24 minutes to complete.
The Lookouts took the lead with a single run in the third when Chuckie Robinson scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Leo Rivas. Robinson had led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a fly to left by Quincy McAfee before scoring.
Byrd Tenerowicz drove in the second run for the home team with another sacrifice fly in the sixth, this driving in Drew Mount, who had singled with one out and advanced on a single by Wilson Garcia before scoring.
Baker had pitched pretty well for the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth when the Barons scored their first run.
Mitch Roman led off with an infield single before Jagger Rusconi reached on a fielder’s choice. Jameson Fisher walked to advance Rusconi to second and he scored with ease on a double by Carlos Perez. Baker’s afternoon ended when he hit Tyler Neslony with his next pitch, but Demurias struck out Yoelqui Cespedes and got Lenyn Sosa on a fly to right to avoid further damage.
Mount led off the Chattanooga eighth with a solo homer to the grandstand in right, his ninth of the season, and it turned out to be the game-winning run after Birmingham scored a run in the ninth.
Duarte had entered the game to start the ninth and promptly gave up a single to Neslony. After advancing on a wild pitch, Sosa singled with one out to drive in Neslony to make it 3-2.
Duarte then got Craig Dedelow on a swinging third strike before walking Joe DeCarlo. Another wild pitch advanced runners to second and third, but with the game on the line, the hard-throwing righty got Roman on a swinging third strike to end the game.
Garcia finished the game with three hits as the Lookouts had eight as a team. Mount and Robinson had two apiece while Tenerowicz added a one-out double in the fourth.
The Barons finished the afternoon with six hits, including two each from Neslony and Sosa.
While Demurias was the winning pitcher, Birmingham starter Johan Dominguez was the loser and dropped to 1-2 after allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. He also had three strikeouts.
There was an announced crowd of 2,449 fans on hand, but that was the number of tickets sold and not people actually present.
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Dominguez, Perez (7), Freeman (8) and Perez; Baker, Demurias (6), Duarte (9) and Robinson.
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