Rain Ruins Series Opener in 6-1 Loss

De La Cruz Looks Sharp, But Mistakes Loom Large

By Andy Brock / Tennessee Smokies | June 7, 2019 10:11 PM

KODAK - The Tennessee Smokies (28-32) could not get past the Chattanooga Lookouts (33-26) or the weather in a 6-1 loss cut off after six innings at Smokies Stadium due to rain on Friday night. Their return home after a ten game road trip was spoiled by heavy rain to cap off their fifth straight loss. 

The Lookouts jumped on the board early. In the second, Gavin LaValley ripped a one-out double into left field to jump-start the inning. Two batters later, Calten Daal ran the score to 2-0 off a single that turned into a little league home run due to a pair of Smokies errors. 

Later in the fourth, Jose Siri singled and stole a base to start the inning. He came around to score on an RBI-single from Mitch Nay to give the Lookouts an early three run cushion. Tonight was Siri's first game back from a six game suspension. He recorded two hits and came across to score two runs.

LHP Scott Moss (W, 4-2) gave the Lookouts a solid start in the series opener. He pitched all six innings and gave up only one run on just three hits. The Smokies lone run off Moss came in the fifth inning. After a leadoff single by Vimael Machin, Jhonny Pereda singled to bring him home and cut the deficit to 3-1.

For Smokies starter RHP Oscar De La Cruz (L, 3-3), the sixth inning proved to be problematic. With two outs and two on, Daal delivered again for the Lookouts with a triple down the right field line to clear the bases. De La Cruz gave up five earned runs on seven hits and struck out six in the losing effort.

In the seventh, TJ Friedl sent a no doubt solo home run deep to right field to give the Lookouts a 7-1 lead, or so they thought. Not one batter later the rain starting falling and because the tarp did not make it over the entirety of the infield, the game was finalized in six innings, cementing a 6-1 win for Chattanooga.

Game two of the series will resume tomorrow night at 7 EDT. RHP Tyson Miller (3-3 2.26 ERA) gets the ball for the Smokies, while Chattanooga will start RHP Tejay Antone (7-3, 2.83 ERA). Fans can enjoy Fireworks after the game presented by Coors Light and Pepsi. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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