Thursday night’s abbreviated shutout win was credited to Chattanooga Lookouts starter Zach Lee. But the Lookouts’ front office gets a save thanks to an early starting time.
The 6:15 first pitch was a huge factor in the Lookouts’ series opener with the Jacksonville Suns, as a large holiday gathering was expected for fireworks. But the threat of rain grew more and more real, until play was halted with one out in the Jacksonville 6th with the Lookouts ahead 2-0.
Lee, making his first start since being named a Southern League all-star, improved his record to 7-5 as he scattered three hits in his abbreviated complete game. Lee walked no one and struck out five.
The Lookouts posted single runs in the first and third innings. In the first, a one-out double by Ozzie Martinez was put to good use when J.T. Wise doubled with two out.
Wise drove in the second run as well, plating Rafael Ynoa, who led off the inning with a single. Martinez moved him up 90 feet with a walk and Ynoa scampered to thrid on a deep fly ball by Brian Cavazos-Galvez. Wise’s sharply hit grounder was still enough to push him across.
Ynoa and Martinez had two hits apiece and each scored a run at the top of the order. Stars starter Robert Morey (3-5) allowed both runs and six total hits as he, like Lee, earned credit for a complete game.
The series continues tonight at 7:15 with Chris Reed starting for the Lookouts.