Lookouts Fall Short, 5-4, in Loss to Huntsville
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Chattanooga encountered tough luck, once again, against the Huntsville Stars on Saturday night. The Lookouts fought back in the ninth and nearly came back, but the effort proved to be nothing more than a Sisyphean effort in a 5-4 finish at AT&T Field. Huntsville starting pitcher Jeremy Jeffress and his counterpart on the Lookouts, Jesus Castillo, were engaged in a pitchers' duel through the first three frames; however, the Lookouts broke the ice in the bottom of the fourth. With one out on the board, Andrew Lambo drew a walk and made his way to second on a Jeffress wild pitch. Jamie Hoffman would then blast a double to left to give the Lookouts an early 1-0 lead. Huntsville quickly countered in the fifth by scoring twice. Drew T. Anderson led off with a walk and was followed by Chris Errecart, who reached base after being hit by a pitch. Jesus Castillo continued to struggle on the mound and allowed both runners to advance on a wile pitch. Freddy Parejo hit a sacrifice fly to right, advancing both runners and tying the game up at 1-1. After an intentional walk and sacrifice bunt, Adam Stern ripped a single to right, scoring Errecart, but a throw by Hoffman to home caught Yohannis Perez and ended the inning. The Stars kept rolling in the sixth with three more runs. Shane Justis began the rally with a double. After a Kevin Melillo walk, Jonathan Lucroy doubled to left, bringing home both runners. After a groundout, Chris Errecart hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-1 for the Stars, while simultaneously facilitating Jesus Castillo's exit from the game. The Lookouts, however, did not go down without a fight. Andrew Lambo started a ninth-inning rally with a single. Jamie Hoffmann doubled to push Lambo to third. Josh Bell kept the offense rolling by hitting a double of his own, scoring both runners in the process. After a Russ Mitchell line out, J.D. Closser and Victor Mercedes walked to load the bases. Gaby Martinez followed with a sharply hit line out to third. The game seemingly came to an end on a softly hit James Tomlin infield pop-up in the vicinity of the pitcher's mound; however, a lack of communication between Huntsville's players resulted in the ball dropping in no man's land. The Lookouts now faced just a 5-4 deficit with the bases still loaded. Justin Sellers then came up to the plate and grounded out to third baseman Kevin Melillo, who recorded the final out of the game by throwing to second for the force out. Jeffress (1-1) earned the win for the Stars, throwing five innings of three-hit ball. He struck out eight, while walking two. Castillo dropped to 0-2 on the season. In 5.1 innings of work, he yielded five runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out two in the losing effort. Robert Hinton recorded the final two out of the game for the Stars to earn his second save of the season. Chattanooga will continue with their five-game homestand against the Huntsville Stars at 2:15 P.M., tomorrow. Tickets for this games or any other Lookouts home game can be purchased at the Lookouts Box Office at AT&T Field, online at www.lookouts.com, or by calling (423) 267-4849.
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