Lookouts Drop Second Straight to Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA-- The Chattanooga Lookouts (0-2) fell Friday for the second night in a row to the Tennessee Smokies (2-0), losing a one-run pitching duel between Tennessee starter Trey McNutt (1-0) and Dodger prospect Ethan Martin.

Martin was stellar in his first appearance of the season, striking out six batters through 90 pitches to begin the 2012 campaign. Although walking four, Martin allowed just three hits to the Smokies in four and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball.

"Ethan Martin went out there and did a very good job tonight," pitching coach Chuck Crim said. "He's got an explosive fastball and he threw it for strikes. He did exactly what we wanted out of him."

Martin left in the fifth inning after allowing a walk and single with two outs to make way for reliever Blake Johnson (0-1). Johnson pitched out of the fifth inning, coaxing a fly ball to center, but a hiccup in the sixth proved to be the winning run for the Smokies.

With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Smokies right fielder Michael Burgess blasted a solo homerun over the right field fence to give Tennessee its first and only run needed.

"All it took was one home run to beat us," manager Carlos Subero said. "It was one swing that ended up winning the ball game, so that's a pretty good ball game."

Minus the homerun, the Lookouts bullpen looked strong with two scoreless, no-hit innings from Steve Ames, and, although handed the loss for the bomb, Johnson allowed just two hits and the one run to score in two and one-third frames of work.

For the second night in a row, the Lookouts lineup was able to scrounge up hits but not able to string them together. McNutt and reliever Jeffry Antigua (1-0) gave up just two hits apiece in six innings combined, and closer Frank Batista earned his second save of the season. Alberto Cabrera also saw two innings of relief work, giving up just two hits and striking out two.

Lookouts second baseman Rafael Ynoa collected his second two-hit game of the season, going 2-4 from the two-spot in the order. Right fielder Kyle Russell and catcher Matt Wallach recorded their first hits of the season, third baseman Pedro Baez was 1-3 and second baseman Travis Denker was 1-3 after entering the game as a pinch hitter.

Game three of the five-game set will begin tonight at 7:15 p.m. EST with Aaron Miller taking the hill for the Lookouts and Dallas Beeler dealing for the Smokies.

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