CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (smokiesbaseball.com) -- The Tennessee Smokies were shutdown at AT&T Park on Saturday night as they dropped the series opener against the Chattanooga Lookouts 9-1. The Smokies fall to 21-15 on the season while the Lookouts improve to 19-17.
The Lookouts plated two in the first inning as Scott Van Slyke reached base on a two out fielding error by CF Marwin Gonzalez. Kyle Russell scored Van Slyke on a line drive double to center field and Alfredo Silverio followed up with a single to left to score Russell, giving the Lookouts an early 2-0 lead. The Lookouts increased their lead on an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning. After a one out walk to Ivan Ochoa, RHP Will Savage (4-0) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Ochoa to third base. RHP Alberto Cabrera (4-2) then threw a wild pitch to score Ochoa, making the score 3-0 Lookouts.
In the fourth inning, the Lookouts padded their lead by adding on four more runs to take a 7-0 advantage. After a leadoff walk to pitcher Will Savage, Brad Coon doubled on a fly ball to right field. Savage scored on a sacrifice fly by Elian Herrera, while Coon scored on the very next at bat on a groundout to third base by Van Slyke. The Lookouts followed with back-to-back doubles by Russell and Silverio to chase Cabrera out of the game after only 3.2 IP, giving up nine hits and seven runs.
In the bottom of the fifth, after a one out walk to Coon, RHP Hung-Wen Chen gave up a single to Herrera to put two men on with only one man out. Van Slyke then doubled to left field to clear the bases, pushing the lead to 9-0.
The Smokies scored their lone run off Savage in the top of the ninth inning. Marwin Gonzalez led the inning off with a double to center field. After a wild pitch to move Gonzalez over to third base, Luis Flores singled to left field to score Gonzalez. After a Matt Spencer pop out to third base, Savage finished off the Smokies to finalize his complete game. Savage finished the game allowing five hits and only one run in nine complete innings to improve his record to 4-0 on the season.
The Smokies return to action on Sunday to take on the Lookouts in a 2:15 afternoon affair. The Smokies will call on LHP Brooks Raley (0-3, 7.43 ERA) while the Lookouts give the ball to RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-1, 2.10 ERA). The Smokies will return to Smokies Park on Thursday, May 19, and begin a ten-game homestand against the Mobile BayBears (May 19-23) and Mississippi Braves (May 24-28).
For tickets and more information fans can visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call 865-283-2300.
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