The Tennessee Smokies and Chattanooga Lookouts split a doubleheader at AT&T Field with the Smokies winning Game 1 9-2 and the Lookouts walking off with a 1-0 win in Game 2. Tennessee’s loss in Game 2 snaps their four-game winning streak.
Game 1: Tennessee 9 Chattanooga 2
Paced by a seven-run fourth inning, the Tennessee Smokies took Game 1 over the Lookouts 9-2. Alberto Cabrera (4-1) went the distance for the first complete game for a Smokies pitcher this season. He scattered two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in his seven innings.
Yasiel Puig put the Lookouts on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out, RBI single that scored Rafael Ynoa.
Cabrera helped himself out in the top of the 3rd inning doubling deep to center field to score Jonathan Mota to tie the game at 1-1.
Tennessee broke it open with seven runs in the top of the 4th. Christian Villanueva delivered the Smokies the lead in the top of the 4th inning launching his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, to make it 3-1. After a Rubi Silva ground-rule double brought home a run, Matt Szczur hit a two-run double to make a five-run lead. Arismendy Alcantara drove in the final two runs of the inning with a two-run double of his own to cap off the seven-run frame and give the Smokies an 8-1 lead.
Leading 8-2 in the top of the 7th, Tim Torres plated Alcantara with a sacrifice fly for the final run in the game and a 9-2 lead.
AUDIO RECAP: SMOKIES 9 Lookouts 2
Game 2: Chattanooga 1 Tennessee 0
In Game 2, Blake Smith scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 7th inning for the game’s only run and a 1-0 Chattanooga victory.
The Lookouts loaded the bases with one out in the seventh against Smokies reliever Marcus Hatley. Hatley struck out Gorman Erickson but the pitch was wild and went to the backstop and it allowed Smith to score from third base.
Starters Eric Jokisch and Rob Rasmussen both pitched well but didn’t factor in the decision. Jokisch tossed six scoreless innings allowing three hits with six strikeouts. Rasmussen went the first five innings for the Lookouts yielding just four hits with five strikeouts.
The Smokies and Lookouts will finish their five-game series tomorrow night at 7:15 ET when Tennessee sends right-hander Matt Loosen (1-1, 8.24) to the mound against Chattanooga righty Ross Stripling (1-0, 2.25) at AT&T Field.
The Pilot/Oscar Mayer Pregame Show with studio hosts Danny Will and Michael Wottreng begins at 7:00 p.m on our flagship station, The Sports Animal WNML AM 990 and in progress on FM 99.1 in Knoxville. You can always listen to the broadcast in it’s entirely on smokiesbaseball.com as well as the Smokies mobile app. To listen online, click here. Mick Gillispie will have the first pitch from Chattanooga at 7:15 p.m.
Danny Will is a Senior Broadcast Assistant for the Smokies Radio Network. You can follow Danny on Twitter here: @DannyWillSays