Chattanooga Lookouts Drop Season Opener

Chattanooga Lookouts Drop Season Opener

The Chattanooga Lookouts fall to the Huntsville Stars in the first game of their 2013 season.

With rain postponing the first scheduled game of the year, the Lookouts moved on to Friday nights game against the Stars.

The Lookouts started the game off with pitcher Zach Lee, who put in a strong four innings for Chattanooga with four quality pitches, including a fastball clocking in at an impressive 92 to 94 mph.

"I thought Zach threw real well," Lookouts manager Jody Reed said. "I really did. Some miscues out there really added onto his pitch count. Right out of the gate, you want to really monitor and make sure you keep that pitch count down, but I told him ‘You threw quality pitches, four good innings, hey a nice opener.'"

The game started off on a high note for Chattanooga when Huntsville let the ball slip right through their fingers twice to allow the Lookouts a 2-0 advantage at the bottom of the first inning.

Chattanooga had no trouble putting Huntsville away in the first three frames, allowing only three players to get on base.

Second baseman Rafael Ynoa started the Lookouts off as the lead off man, drilling a ball down the third baseline for a double.

Ynoa stayed on base until right fielder Blake Smith smacked a ball past the Stars' second baseman bringing in Ynoa and earning the Lookouts their first run.

Third baseman C.J. Retherford repeated exactly what Smith did just before him and knocked the ball right past the short stop bringing in Smith and giving the Lookouts the early 2-0 advantage.

After a three-up, three-down inning, the Lookouts found themselves at the top of their lineup once again.

Ynoa didn't miss a beat when he repeated his previous performance with a single.

Right fielder Yasiel Puig stepped up and capitalized on the situation. When Ynoa began to steal and drew the short stop off his position, Puig smacked the ball past him allowing Ynoa the chance to make it home.

Puig's hit only gave the new player a single but drove a run in, giving the Lookouts an even bigger advantage than before.

Smith stepped up and drove a ball deep to left field, bringing in Puig from first.

After that, the Stars seemed to turn the tables on Chattanooga. The Lookouts had a tough time in the last six innings, only getting one player on base in all that time. Chattanooga went three up three down in four of the innings.

It seemed the ninth inning would be exactly like the other five innings but catcher Gorman Erickson was able to get a piece of the ball putting it in left field and hustling for a double. Short stop Miguel Rojas drove in Erickson just moments later earning himself an RBI and bringing the deficit to 7-5.

The Stars finished off the game moments later when a ball landed in the first baseman's glove for an easy out.

The Lookouts play their second game of the series tomorrow night at AT&T field.

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