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Barons blank ice-cold Lookouts in series finale

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Blankets were at a premium at AT&T Field Friday night.

So was offense.

Chattanooga's bats were as cold as the biting wind in a 3-0 loss to Birmingham in the finale of a five-game Southern League series.

Four Barons' pitchers combined to hold the Lookouts to just five singles and stranded 11 Chattanooga runners on base.

Starter Stephen McCray (2-1) gave up just four hits and struck out three before turning it over to the bullpen. Chattanooga then mustered just one hit over the final four innings against relievers Kevin Vance, Ryan Kussmaul and Taylor Thompson.

Michael Blanke's RBI-single in the second off Chattanooga starter Onelki Garcia proved to be the only tally the Barons would need, but they added one more run in each the eighth and ninth frames on a single by Dan Black and a double by Cody Puckett.

Garcia (0-2) gave up four hits and walked three, but continued to battle out of trouble to allow just one run. He fielded Brandon Short's come-backer in the third and wheeled to second to start a 1-4-3 double play to escape a bases-loaded jam.

The Lookouts put the lead-off man aboard in the sixth on Miguel Rojas' single, but Rafael Ynoa followed by grounding into a double-play. The next two Chattanooga batters then reached base ahead of Blake Smith, but his rocket shot to deep centerfield was wildly corralled by a falling Keenyn Walker just feet in front of the wall to end the inning.

Joc Pederson was one of five Lookouts with a single on the night and also walked three times.

Chattanooga (6-9), who took three of five in the series, now heads to Jacksonville to open a five-game series with the Suns at 7:15 p.m. ET Saturday night.

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