Lookouts open second half with 3-2 win
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- With a clean slate and a fresh outlook, Chattanooga is tied for first in the Southern League's North Division.
The Lookouts got another solid outing from Allen Webster and just enough offense in a 3-2 win over Pensacola in their second-half opener Thursday night at AT&T Field.
The game was the first at home in two weeks for Chattanooga, who wrapped up the first half with 10 games on the road en route to a fourth place finish.
Webster, who entered with a dismal 1-7 record, surrendered just three hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out two and was charged with two runs, though both were unearned.
Webster was demoted to the bullpen in early May after a rough start, but straightened out his problems while giving up just one run across five relief appearances. Since his return to the starting rotation, he's given up three runs or less in four consecutive starts.
Jake Lemmerman doubled home Kyle Russell and later scored on Matt Wallach's single to left to give Chattanooga a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Blake Smith scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to give the Lookouts all the insurance they would need with Red Patterson, Steven Ames and Logan Bawcom combining for three innings of scoreless relief.
The two teams will play game two of the five-game series Friday night at 7:15 p.m. ET at AT&T Field.