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Lookouts hold off Chatt State in 2013 debut

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It wasn't exactly the fireworks show many were hoping for on a chilly night, but the Chattanooga Lookouts managed to pull out a 5-4 seven-inning win over Chattanooga State in exhibition play Tuesday night at AT&T Field.

Yasiel Puig, the No. 2 prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization who led the Cactus League in hitting this spring, went 2-for-3 with two RBi in his Double-A debut.

The 22-year-old native of Cuba didn't get the ball out of the infield, but showed off his speed while beating out two infield singles. His bases-loaded chopper to third scored Chris Jacobs to give the Lookouts a 3-0 lead in the second. He also drove in Dashenko Ricardo on a groundout in the fourth.

J.T. Wise started the scoring in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer off the scoreboard in right. Joc Pederson and Miguel Rojas had the Lookouts' only other two hits.

The Tigers got on the board with back-to-back RBI triples from Jordan McDonald and Casey Mannion in the third, cutting the Lookouts' lead to 3-2.

After Jan Vazquez's sacrifice fly in the fifth, Luke Shipway's two-run sixth-inning single again pulled Chatt State within one run. Lookouts' reliever Kelvin De La Cruz walked two in the ninth, but also struck out two and eventually closed out the win.

Former Ringgold star Reed Walden also delivered a triple in the game for the Tigers, who also finished with five hits.

The teams combined to use 13 pitchers.

Chattanooga now turns its attention to Southern League play. The Lookouts will open the 2013 season at home against the Huntsville Stars on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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