BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Michael Kopech battled through a strong Lookouts' lineup, striking out 10 in seven scoreless inning, but Chattanooga pushed across one run in the eighth and held on for a 1-0 victory on Saturday night.
Kopech and Chattanooga's Dereck Rodriguez both retired the first nine in order through the third inning, before Kopech finally allowed the game's first hit, a one-out Jonathan Rodriguez double in the fourth. Kopech, however, struck out Andy Wilkins to retire the side and the keep the game scoreless.
Both Kopech and Rodriguez continued to duel through seven innings, before Kopech departed after scattering three hits and two walks, while striking out 10.
In his last six starts, Kopech has thrown 41 innings, while only giving up 21 hits and three earned runs, while walking seven and striking out 54, for a 0.66 ERA. The righty lowered his season ERA from 4.02 to 2.87 in the process.
He turned over the scoreless game to Colton Turner , who was greeted by Ryan Walker with a leadoff double. After getting the first out, Nick Gordon reached on an infield single and Walker scored following a throwing error.
Spotted a 1-0 lead, Rodriguez yielded to the bullpen, after to two hits over seven innings, while striking out five. The Barons would put together rallies in the eighth and ninth, but could not scratch across a run against relievers Todd Van Steensel and Nick Anderson .
Turner took the loss for the Barons, dropping to 4-2, while Rodriguez picked up his fifth win and Anderson tallied his sixth save.
The Barons and the Lookouts will continue their five game set tonight at Regions Field, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. Right-hander Michael Kopech will take the ball for the Barons, while fellow righty Dereck Rodriguez will be on the mound for Chattanooga. Curt Bloom will bring you all the action starting with the Coca-Cola pregame show starting at 6:20 p.m. on 105.5 FM WERC and the iHeart Radio app.
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