2-Run Blast Lifts Lookouts

BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks

Aug. 29, 2017 | Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Jackson Generals 1 | Southern League (AA)

JACKSON, Tenn. – Jonathan Rodriguez’s 21st homer gave the Lookouts a lead they would hold onto as Chattanooga downed the Jackson Generals 3-1 at The Ballpark at Jackson on Tuesday in Jackson, Tennessee.

Jackson was the first team in the score column, but that was all they would get on the night. Travis Denker drove in Galli Cribbs with a single in the third for the Generals lone run.

In the top half of the next inning, Rodriguez unloaded his bomb to left with two outs as the crowd fell as silent as it would be all night.

Chattanooga added an insurance run in the ninth as T.J. White burnt left fielder Jamie Westbrook for his third double of the night to score LaMonte Wade and give the Lookouts a 3-1 lead. Gabriel Moya gave up a single hit in the bottom half, but was otherwise perfect in the final 1.2 innings as he picked up his 24th save of the year.

Lookouts starter Randy LeBlanc went 7.1 innings and gave up one unearned run on six hits, a walk, and two strikeouts. He sits at 4-4 in the Southern League.

From the fourth on, the Generals failed to put more than one runner on base in any inning against LeBlanc or Moya.

Of Chattanooga’s seven hits, five went for extra bases, and none were bigger than Rodriguez’s blast. Wade added a double to go along with White’s trio of doubles.

The Lookouts are 6-4 in their last 10 as they are close to closing out the second half Southern League North Division title after winning the first half by five games. Chattanooga boasts the Southern League’s best record in 2017 at 86-48.

SCOREBOARD

Chattanooga Lookouts                       000  200  001 – 3 7 1

Jackson Generals                                001  000  000 – 1 7 0

THE SERIES

8/26     Chattanooga 10, Jackson 2

8/27     Jackson 3, Chattanooga 0

8/28     Jackson 5, Chattanooga 4

8/29     Chattanooga 3, Jackson 1

8/30     Chattanooga at Jackson

PROSPECT WATCH

Chattanooga Lookouts (MIN)

#1        Nick Gordon               0/4, K                          .272/.345/.411, 8 HR, 63 RBI

#21      LaMonte Wade           2/3, 2 R, 2B, BB         .285/.396/.395, 6 HR, 62 RBI

Jackson Generals (ARI)

#23      Victor Reyes               0/4                               .276/.317/.372, 3 HR, 48 RBI

#11      Alex Young                7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 K

THE BALLPARK

The simply named Ballpark at Jackson is located right off of Interstate-40 which can be seen beyond left field from the stands. The grandstand is large with room for 6,000 fans and features bullpens out of play just off the foul lines.

NEXT STOP

Omaha Storm Chasers at Nashville Sounds on Aug. 30. 

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