May 17, 2017 - Southern League (SL) - Birmingham Barons
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Barons put together a six run seventh inning capped off by a Jake Peter two-run homer which propelled Birmingham to a 8-6 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Tuesday afternoon.
The Barons got on the scoreboard first courtesy of a second inning solo home run by Jeff Gelalich, his first as a Baron, which gave Birmingham the early 1-0 lead.
Chattanooga would strike back in the bottom of the third inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Ryan Strausborger and Nick Gordon which scored T.J. White and Strausborger respectively giving the Lookouts a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the fourth inning the Lookouts would extend their lead thanks to a two-run home run by Levi Michael that also plated Dan Gamache. Chattanooga added two more runs in the inning after loading the bases Edgar Corcino drove home T.J. White and Jose Gonzalez on a single to make it 6-1 Lookouts.
Birmingham would then battle back in a big way during the top of the seventh inning. With one out Trey Michalczewski drew a walk which was followed by a Cameron Seitzer single. Keon Barnum then drew a walk to load the bases which chased Lookouts starter Felix Jorge from the game. Barons manager Julio Vinas called upon Hunter Jones to pinch hit for Jeff Gelalich against the new Lookouts pitcher Mason Melotakis. Jones connected on the second pitch he saw hitting it over the center field wall for a game tying grand slam.
"I was looking for a good pitch and put a good swing on it," said Hunter Jones. "It definitely gives us some momentum, we have been grinding through these games and this is a good team we are playing. Hopefully we can carry this over when we are back home."
The Barons bats were not done yet as Eddy Alvarez would single later in the inning which brought Jake Peter to the plate. Peter drove the second pitch he saw into the right field stands giving the Barons the lead back at 8-6.
"He threw a slider on the first pitch for a ball in a big situation I felt like he was going to throw another slider," said Jake Peter. "Luckily he left it up and I put a good swing on it and I think the wind helped it get out. Obviously we don't have the record that we want right now but we are going to keep fighting and working hard. If we continue to do that the wins will take care of themselves."
Barons starting pitcher Thaddius Lowry labored through 3 1/3 innings allowing six runs on eight hits with two walks while striking out three. Reliever Colton Turner shut the door on the Lookouts tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings earning his fourth win of the season. Righty Robinson Leyer tossed two scoreless innings of relief and Brandon Brennan pitched a spotless ninth to earn his third save of the season.
The Barons return home to Regions Field tomorrow night to open a five-game homestand with the visiting Tennessee Smokies, Double-A Affiliate of the World Champion Chicago Cubs. Righty Matt Cooper (1-2 3.82) will get the ball for the Barons and Jen-Ho Tseng (3-1 3.15). Curt Bloom will bring you all the action starting with the Coca-Cola pregame show starting at 6:55 p.m. For ticket information, game schedule, promotions calendar or for additional information about Regions Field, call (205) 988-3200, or visit www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons or on Twitter: @bhambarons.