Berrios and Walker Lead Lookouts

The game did not start on time because of the dark clouds racing towards the stadium. The rain came down hard at about game time and lasted for 30 minutes. There was much discussion over the wet playing surface. Once it was decided the game was to be played starting at 9:05 PM Jose Berrios pitched and Adam Brett Walker hit the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 3-2 win over the travelling Biloxi Shuckers.

Both teams entered the game in first place in their respective divisions. For the Schuckers this was remarkable after 47 straight road games because of political issues over the financing of the stadium.

Jose Berrios was impressive from the start. He gave up a double in the first inning against the third batter Orlando Arcia, who smashed one off the shins of thirdbaseman Stephen Wickens. The Schuckers put runners on second and third with one out in the fifth but a strikeout and ground out ended that threat. Jose finally tired in the eighth, or the Schuckers figured him out. After retiring the first hitter on a ground out, back to back singles by Kyle Wren and Tyrone Taylor put runners on first and third with one out. Orlando Arcia roped one down the left field line for a double scoring Wren. That was it for Berrios.

Zack Jones came on to get the Lookouts out of the jam. He walked the first batter he faced, Nick Ramirez to load the bases. Zack threw three straight balls to Michael Reed before throwing a strike. Reed lined one to right field to score Taylor. Taylor Green grounded to second base to end the threat. Zack Jones retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up the save, but it was stellar defensive performances from Max Kepler at first base, Heiker Meneses at second and Stephen Wickens at third to end the game.

The Lookouts struck first in the third on a leadoff single by Heiker Meneses. He moved to second on a ground out. Jorge Polanco punched one up the middle to score Meneses. The following inning a booming homerun by Adam Brett Walker with a runner on first traveled far over the miles per hour billboard in centerfield to give the Lookouts a 3-0 lead.

The Lookouts had a runner thrown out at home in the sixth. With two outs and catcher Stuart Turner on first Heiker Meneses gapped one into left field. The throw by Kyle Wren to the cutoff man to home came in plenty of time to get the slow footed catcher Stuart Turner.

Game Notes: Jose Berrios hit 95 miles per hour with his fastball, but mostly stood at 92 to 93. His breaking pitch was a bit loopy. He got a lot of swings and misses with his fastball, so the stuff is there…Max Kepler entered the game hitting .352. An 0 for 4 day dropped his average to .336. He is still not showing any power with just two homeruns…Byron Buxton did not get an opportunity to show case his skills. He struck out his first two times up, grounded into a force his third time up and walked his fourth time up. He did gun down Nick Ramirez in the sixth who was trying to turn a single into a double. The ball beat Ramirez to second base by ten feet…Miguel Sano did not play though he lined up for the national anthem…Orlando Arcia went 2 for 4 to give him three consecutive multiple hit games. He is 8 for 13 in those three games…Nathan Orf did not like a checked swing third strike call on him by the home plate umpire in the seventh, barking some words at the ump to tell him that was the base umpire’s responsibility and not his…It appeared the umpire called a ball on pitcher Jose Berios after time had expired in the fifth. The scoreboard operator did not appear to catch the ball call, but the hitter struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch (2-2 for the scoreboard).

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