Smith's homer lifts Lookouts past Blue Wahoos
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Chattanooga mustered just three hits off Pensacola pitching Monday night, but one of those three was the biggest of the game.
Blake Smith's two-run home run lifted the Lookouts to a 3-2 win over the visiting Blue Wahoos in the finale of a five-game series at AT&T Field.
The win snaps a three-game skid for Chattanooga (2-3), who will now travel to Mississippi to open a five-game series Tuesday night.
Pensacola starter J.C. Sulbaran issued six walks in the first three innings, but held Chattanooga hitless to minimize the damage. The Lookouts' lone run in that span came when Jake Lemmerman scored on a wild pitch after Sulbaran had walked the bases loaded in the second.
Brian Peacock's double to center off reliever Wes Roemer tied the game at 1-all in the fourth, but Smith followed Sulbaran's eighth walk of the night with a two-run bomb that climbed deep into the sky in right.
After blowing a lead in each of the last three nights, Chattanooga pitching was able to nail down the win despite allowing ten hits.
Roemer (1-1) got the win after giving up the lone run on three hits in three innings. Javier Solano gave up the Blue Wahoos' second tally in two-thirds of an inning in the sixth, but Luis Vasquez and Steven Ames tossed two-plus shutout innings to close it out.
Ames earned his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.
Chris Reed, who last week was named the Dodgers' representative for the upcoming MLB Futures Game, started and struck out two while giving up two hits in three scoreless innings.
The organization's top pick in the 2011 draft is still working on a limited pitch count while being stretched from a reliever into a starter.