The Lookouts battled through tough conditions Friday night when they took on not only the Barons, but also the chilly weather in the last game of the series. Chattanooga was unable to get any offense going in their last game against Birmingham.
"There wasn't a whole lot of offensive production, and tough conditions, but it's the same for both teams," Manager Jody Reed said. "You have to tip your hat. Their starter was out there throwing us sinkers, locating it on the outside. Making it really tough on a night when the winds blowing in and the balls not carrying. It was tough. He did a good job."
After four back-to-back games the Lookouts elected to give Yasiel Puig a night of rest. "He's been working hard, and I figured it'd be a nice night to give him a kick-back," Reed said.
Chattanooga started out with the Dodgers number six prospect Onelki Garcia as the pitcher. Although he allowed one run, Garcia worked his way out of two tough spots, once in the third inning with runners on second and third, and again in the sixth with another runner on third.
"I thought Onelki threw great," Reed said. "I was really happy when he got into a couple of situations and he was able to work his way out of them. That's part of the development. You can't teach that, you just have to go through it. He went through it certainly one time, possibly two times tonight, and it was good to see him learn how to work his way out of it. It was a good night for Onelki today."
Although the Lookouts lost, Chattanooga only allowed one run until the eighth inning when the Barons batted in a run and then one more in the ninth.
Chattanooga finished the series on top with three wins over Birmingham's two. The Lookouts won their first game (7-4), third (5-4), and fourth (5-3) games against the Barons, and lost their second (3-4), and fifth game (3-0).
"I thought this was a real good series to get us back on track," Reed said. "We lost a tough one the second game of the series when they came back on us, but we took three out of five. This was a tough night and we faced a guy locating his fastball, but we're heading in the right direction. I'm hoping to build on this and hopefully we'll have a nice end of the month here."
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