CHATTANOOGA (Lookouts) -- After falling behind 8-0 early, Chattanooga nearly pulled off an unbelievable comeback before falling 9-8 to Birmingham in Wednesday afternoon action at AT&T Field.
Seth Loman hit an RBI single in the first inning to get the Birmingham offense going. The second inning, however, was a monumental one for the Barons, as they plated seven runs. A three-RBI triple by Drew Garcia and two-run homer from Loman highlighted the big rally.
The Lookouts scored their first run on the third inning. Anthony Jackson induced a one-out walk and eventually sprinted home on a Pedro Baez double.
With Birmingham starting pitcher Cameron Bayne out of the game after throwing five innings, the Barons encountered a large iceberg in the form of the Lookouts offense in the sixth inning. Nick Buss led off the inning with a single and advanced to second a passed ball. Pedro Baez then walked to put two runners on base. Travis Denker followed with a double to bring home Buss, pushing Baez to third in the process. A Brian Cavazos-Galvez ground out plated Baez and gave the Lookouts their second run of the inning. Luis Nunez, who made some nice plays on defense at second base throughout the game, contributed with his bat by belting an RBI double to put the score at 8-4.
The Barons added an important insurance run in the top of the seventh, but the Lookouts countered with four in the bottom portion of the inning. Jackson, once again, set the table by reaching on a walk. Buss followed with triple and Baez a single to account for two of the runs. Blake Smith followed with a walk and Denker singled to load the bases. Nunez continued with his timely hitting by nailing a single to center field, plating Baez and Smith. Griff Erickson grounded out to end the rally, but the Lookouts now found themselves behind by just one run.
Blake Smith led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to give the Lookouts some hope, but that optimism quickly vanished on a subsequent double play. Henry Mabee was able to record the final out of the game to earn his second save of the season.
The two teams will wrap-up their five-game series at 7:15 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
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