KODAK, Tenn. (Team release) -- Before they could start the regularly scheduled game, the Tennessee Smokies and the Chattanooga Lookouts had to complete the suspended game from Friday night. Tennessee dropped the suspended game in 14 innings 5-4, then the Lookouts took the nightcap 6-1 Saturday night at Smokies Park. With the two losses the Smokies drop to 8-9 on the season’s second half, 51-36 overall.
The two teams began the night by resuming Friday’s game, which was suspended after nine innings due to league curfew rules. After neither side managed a run in the first four extra frames, Chattanooga broke the tie and took a 5-4 lead in the 14th when Hector Gimenez doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a Travis Denker sacrifice fly. The Smokies put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom half, but were unable to answer as Ethan Martin retired the next two batters.
Scott Rice (3-2) picked up the win for Chattanooga, and Martin recorded his first save of the season. Ramon Garcia (0-1) took the loss in his Smokies debut, allowing a run on four hits in three innings of work.
Chattanooga wasted no time jumping out to an early lead in the second game, scoring single runs in the first two innings.
Josh Vitters, who went 2-for-3 in the nightcap, cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the inning, hitting a solo home run to left field to make it 2-1.
The Lookouts added to their lead with unanswered runs in four straight innings, extending the margin to 6-1.
Michael Antonini (7-8) picked up the win for Chattanooga after allowing a run on four hits in 5.1 innings. Wilkin De La Rosa recorded his first save of the year, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing one run and no hits while striking out five. Brooks Raley (5-7) took the loss for the Smokies, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits in six innings of work.
Game 3 of the four-game series with Chattanooga will be Sunday evening at 5:00 at Smokies Park. Ryan Searle (2-0, 3.75) will start for Tennessee and will face-off against Chris Withrow (3-5, 4.04). For tickets fans can visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call 865-286-2300.
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