MOBILE, Ala. (WRCB) -- Chattanooga failed to help itself Monday night in its late-season playoff push, but luckily Jackson picked up the slack.
The Lookouts fell on the road at Mobile 4-2, but still shaved another game off their magic number when the Generals lost to Huntsville 6-4. Now with six games left in the regular season, one more Chattanooga win or one more Jackson loss will clinch the Lookouts' first postseason berth since 2006.
Ryan Wheeler's three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth off Will Savage (12-6) proved to be the difference in the BayBears win. Savage gave up four earned runs on six hits in six innings. He only walked three, but two of those free passes were issued just before Wheeler's homer.
Elian Herrera and Hector Gimenez each drove in a run for the Lookouts (37-27).
The Lookouts will wrap up their six-game series at Mobile Tuesday night before returning to AT&T Field Thursday for its final regular season homestand against Montgomery.
In addition to Jackson, the Chattanooga is keeping an eye on Tennessee. The Smokies, who clinched a playoff spot by winning the first half title, beat Jacksonville 7-3 Monday night to pull even with the Lookouts atop the North Division standings for the second half.
If the Lookouts win the second-half title, they'll host Tennessee for three games in the five-game playoff series. However, if the Lookouts make the playoffs but finish second to the Smokies in the North, Chattanooga will only get to host one playoff game.