McCreery brings big crowd, but Blue Wahoos beat Lookouts
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Scotty McCreery filled the seats at AT&T Field Friday night, but the Chattanooga Lookouts couldn't back him up with a win.
Pensacola scored three runs late off Chattanooga relievers to pull out a 4-2 win and even the second-half opening Southern League series at one-game apiece.
McCreery, a former high school baseball player-turned American Idol winner, hummed a heater into the dirt in front of home plate during his ceremonial first pitch. The country star wasn't phased by it seven innings later when he led a sell-out crowd in a rousing rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
Lookouts' starter Ethan Martin left with a 2-1 lead after battling through five grueling innings, but the bullpen couldn't hold it.
The Blue Wahoos (1-1) scored a pair of runs off Javier Solano and Geison Agausviva in the seventh, taking the lead on a Brodie Greene RBI-single. The added another off a throwing error in the eighth to round out the scoring.
Martin gave up just one run despite allowing six hits and issuing five walks. He also drove in Chattanooga's first run on a single to center in the second.
Rafael Ynoa's single in the fourth plated the Lookouts' only other run.
Brahiam Maldonado was Chattanooga's brightest star on the night, going 2-for-4 with a double and throwing out a pair of runners from left field. He gunned down David Vidal trying to score in the third, and later cut down Ryan LaMarre at third.