Chattanooga’s Santiago No-Hits Tennessee

Christian Villanueva Running

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga Lookouts starter Andres Santiago pitched a nine inning no-hitter and struck out 12 while leading the Lookouts to a 1-0 victory versus Tennessee at AT&T Field on Thursday night.

The loss dropped the Smokies (32-34, 65-70) out of a tie for first in the Second Half standings and was their seventh straight. Tennessee now trails Chattanooga (32-32, 58-76) by one game with just four remaining this season.

Santiago faced the minimum and walked only one in the game. He struck out 12, including three straight strikeouts in the ninth to finish the gem. Santiago induced seven groundouts versus three flyouts and threw 109 pitches with 72 counting for strikes.

An eighth inning walk taken by Christian Villanueva was all that prevented Santiago from pitching a perfect game in game one of the five game series.

Villanueva walked with one out in the eighth, but would be caught in a double play moments later to end the inning.

The only run in the game came in the second when Santiago’s battery mate Chris O’Brien hit a solo home run off Tennessee starter Felix Pena.

Pena allowed just one run and five hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two while taking the loss. Jeff Lorick worked two and 2/3 inning out of the bullpen and struck out four. Tony Zych retired one batter in the eighth and pitched just 1/3 of an inning.

The no-hitter was the first thrown against Tennessee since September 7, 2007 when the Smokies played the Huntsville Stars during postseason play. It was also the first regular season no-hitter against the Smokies since May 22, 2002.

Santiago’s gem was the first nine-inning no hitter thrown by a Lookouts’ pitcher since Travis Buckley accomplished the feat on June 1, 1996.

The series continues on Friday night at AT&T Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 PM ET. The Smokies will send Corey Black (6-7, 3.26) to the mound against Chattanooga’s Nick Struck (5-6, 5.22 ERA). The game can be heard on online as well as WJBE 1040 AM and 99.7 FM in the Knoxville area.

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Author:Greg Young

Greg Young brings five years of Minor League Baseball experience to the Smokies Radio Network, having previously served with the High-A Modesto Nuts of the California League. He began with the Nuts as a Broadcast Assistant in 2007 before being promoted as the team's new Director of Broadcasting the following year, a position he held through the 2011 campaign. During his time with Modesto, Young also worked at KESP AM-790 as a Sports Anchor. Over the years he has worked as a broadcaster for Comcast Hometown Network and their coverage of the San Jose Giants (High-A, California League) and Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), in addition to high school football and basketball. Young began his broadcasting career with the Major Indoor Soccer League's California Cougars in 2006 and was the club's inaugural broadcaster before being promoted to Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting the next year. Young is a 2005 graduate of Sacramento State University, earning a Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Media. During his senior year, Young was Sports Director for the university's student-run radio radio station KSSU, and also did play-by-play for the school's baseball, football and basketball teams while attending Sacramento State.


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