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Braves Late Inning Comeback Dooms Lookouts in 5-4 Loss

August 28, 2016

The Lookouts were in control of Sunday afternoon's game up until the eighth and ninth inning when the M-Braves scored three runs to beat Chattanooga, 5-4.

Chattanooga's offense jumped out to an early lead after being sparked by leadoff hitter Zach Granite. Granite started the home half of the first with a base hit to right field, danced on and off of first base to draw four pickoff attempts and a pitch out from Braves starter Sean Newcomb, and then stole second base anyway with his 51st swiped bag of the season. Granite would cross the plate on a Ryan Walker base hit and Walker would score two at bats later on a Stuart Turner single to make it 2-0 Lookouts at the end of the first. 

The Lookouts added another pair of scores to the board in the fourth with a two RBI double by Edgar Corcino, the 12th and 13th runs driven in by the outfielder in his last seven games, giving starter Aaron Slegers a four run lead to work with on the mound. 

Slegers took full advantage of the lead with seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out six batters as well. The righty left the game in line for his tenth win, but the opportunity slipped away when Mississippi got to bullpen arm Zack Jones in the final two frames. 

Jones allowed his first run in the eighth on a Carlos Franco sac fly and remained in the game for the ninth inning as well. All looked to be well for Chattanooga when Jones struck out the first two batters he faced, but the weather and the Braves had other plans. 

Two outs into the inning a hard rain fell on AT&T Field and continued through the rest of the ninth and clearly effected Jones on the mound as the reliever gave up a double to Johan Camargo and walked Stephen Gaylor in the wet conditions. With the rain still coming down strong, Ozzie Albies laced a line drive to deeper centerfield that one hopped the wall, drove in both runs, and landed Albies on third with a triple, giving Mississippi all they would need to win the game. 

Chattanooga went quietly in the ninth and fell to 70-62 on the season while the Braves bumped up to 68-62. The two squads will square off again tomorrow night at 7:15 with LHP Michael Mader throwing for Mississippi. The Lookouts starter has yet to be determined after Kohl Stewart was placed on the disabled list.