Lookouts use 7 run 1st inn to win 16th game in 21
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Lookouts exploded for seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in an 9-5 win over the Birmingham Barons in Sunday afternoon action at AT&T Field.
Dee Gordon led off the first inning with a single and advanced to second on a Trayvon Robinson walk. Jerry Sands followed with a double to plate Gordon, while pushing Robinson to third base. Corey Smith then hit a scorching grounder to third baseman Fernando Cortez, who was able to tag Robinson to record the first out of the inning. Andrew Lambo then singled to drive home Sands. After a Ramon Nivar strikeout, Kyle Russell walked to load the bases. Back-to-back singles from Jessie Mier and Elian Herrera resulted in three more runs for the Lookouts. The coup de grace for Barons starting pitcher Johnnie Lowe proved to be a two-RBI triple from Dee Gordon, which put the score at 7-0 and prompted the exit of Lowe.
Sands hit a solo shot, his third in only four games as a Lookout, in the second inning to extend the Lookouts' lead to 8-0.
A wild pitch in the third inning from Lookouts starting pitcher Brent Leach enabled Miguel Negron to score from third, giving the Barons their first run of the game.
After scoring another run in the sixth, the Barons added another run in the seventh inning on a Fernando Cortez RBI single.
The Lookouts collected an insurance run in the eighth inning on an Elian Herrera RBI triple, which was prefaced by an Elian Herrera single.
Birmingham gave it the ole college try in the ninth inning. After scoring two runs and loading the bases, Lookouts closer Kenley Jansen entered the game and struck out the final two batters, earning his sixth save of the season.
Leach (2-1) earned the win for the Lookouts. In six innings, he surrendered two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three.