The Chattanooga Lookouts allowed nine runs over the first two innings en route to Sunday’s 15-2 loss to the Mississippi Braves, in the fifth and final game of their five-game home stand.
The contest was played in front of a packed stadium of 5,243 on Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks Night at AT&T Field.
Starting pitcher Garrett Gould (L, 1-5) struggled from the start, walking two of the first three batters he faced. A single by Seth Loman, a wild pitch and a single by Matt Kennelly made the score 3-0. With one runner on, Barrett Kleinknecht smacked his second home run of the year to give the Braves (27-22) a five-run lead.
The Braves' offensive assault continued in the second inning when they added four more runs. Chattanooga (19-30) was able to get on the board in the bottom of that inning when Jeremy Hazelbaker and O’Koyea Dickson each drove home a run.
The two runs would be all the Lookouts' would manufacture as Braves’ starter and winning pitcher Aaron Northcraft (5-2), reliever Chasen Shreve and reliever Eric Berger combined to throw six straight shutout innings.
In the ninth inning, the Braves capped off the lopsided win with five more runs to make the final score 15-2.
Today, the Lookouts travel to Birmingham to face the Barons for Memorial Day baseball.
Before the teams begins their five-game series, they will finish their suspended game from April 28. The game will resume in the top of the 7th inning with the Barons leading 6-2. That game will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game set to begin at 8:05 p.m.
Right-hander Nick Struck (0-3, 6.87) will be matched up against righty Nick McCully (2-4, 6.41) in the day's second game.