Lookouts shut down Barons
by W. Brian Hale
Jun 02, 2012 | 668 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOOVER — The Birmingham Barons had their fair share of opportunities to post back-to-back wins over the Chattanooga Lookouts, but would ultimately fall short 6-1 on Friday night at Regions Park.

Birmingham received plenty of production from the plate — outhitting Chattanooga 8-7 for the game, but struggled early in the game to contain the Lookout’s batting while stranding men on base at several points through the outing.

The Barons’ Rick Wickswat (1-4) took the loss, pitching two and one-third innings with six earned runs, five hits and three walks while striking out three batters.

He was relieved by Henry Mabee, who gave up only one walk while recording three strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings.

Leroy Hunt and Santos Rodriguez shared the final three innings, with Hunt giving up two hits and two walks in two innings, while Rodriguez closed with only a walk given up. Both recorded one strikeout.

Ethan Martin (7-1) picked up the win for the Lookouts, with seven strikeouts, three walks and four hits in seven innings. His relievers, Geison Aguasviva and Blake Johnson combined for four hits, one walk, one earned run and three strikeouts in the final two innings.

Chattanooga jumped out to a two-run lead in the second inning, with Travis Denker driving in J.T. Wise and Pedro Baez on a two-run RBI single.

The Lookouts would follow up with a four-run fourth inning as Wise, Baez and Kyle Russell would drive runs in to help Chattanooga gain a 6-0 edge. Wise would finish the night as the team’s top hitter — going 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Barons would get on the scoreboard in the ninth inning, following a basehit by Jose Martinez.

Andy Wilkins would drive Martinez across the plate on his trip to the plate, cutting the Lookout’s lead to 6-1.

Seth Loman would be the top hitter on the night for Birmingham with 2 for 3 performance, while Jared Mitchell went 2 for 4 at the plate.

Birmingham (25-30) will travel to Mobile for a five-game series with the Bay Bears.

The Barons follow with their next home series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, beginning on Thursday.