The Chattanooga Lookouts defeated the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp by a score of 9-3 on Friday night at AT&T Field. RHP, Kohl Stewart drew the start for the Lookouts on the mound. Stewart started the game well, as he struck out the first three batters that he faced. Jacksonville jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Yefri Perez laced a 2 RBI single into center field. Chattanooga responded in the bottom of the second when T.J. White crushed a two-run homer over the left field wall to tie the game 2-2.
The Lookouts took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third inning on an Andy Wilkins RBI single to right field which allowed Ryan Walker to score from second base. The Jumbo Shrimp tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning on a John Norwood solo homer to left center field. The Lookouts regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Wilkins roped an RBI single to center field, giving the Lookouts a 4-3 lead. Chattanooga's second run of the inning came via a T.J. White infield single to third base. Wilkins scored from third base on the hit to extend the Lookouts lead 5-3.
The Lookouts exploded for three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jon Rodriguez got the scoring started with a single to center field, allowing Walker to score from third. Murphy would follow with an RBI double to center field, plating LaMonte Wade from third base. Chattanooga's third run of the inning came courtesy of a Joe Gunkel wild pitch, allowing Jon Rodriguez to easily score from third. Alex Perez drew a walk on Gunkel's wild pitch. Chattanooga's ninth and final run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning via a triple from Murphy. Wilkins scored from second on the hit from Murphy.
Stewart (3-4, 3.83) earned his third win of the season with the Lookouts while newly acquired Trevor Richards (2-1, 2.96) suffered his first loss of the season as a Jumbo Shrimp. Game three between Chattanooga and Jacksonville will take place on Saturday, July 15th at 7:15 PM at AT&T Field. Chattanooga leads the series 2-0, and will be looking to win their thirteenth series of the 2017 on Saturday night. Saturday night's in-game entertainment will feature Xpogo (Extreme Pogo Entertainment).
RHP, Dereck Rodriguez (3-1, 3.77) will make his sixth start of the season for the Lookouts on Saturday. Jacksonville will send LHP, Mike Kickham (5-6, 3.18) to mound to start the game.
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