Aside from speculation over the starting rotation, second baseman Jake Lemmerman was a late scratch for the Lookouts as the two-spot hitter was nailed in the eye with an errant throw during warm ups. Lemmerman was taken to the hospital where he received three stitches just below his eyebrow. Lemmerman is day-to-day and will not be placed on the DL.
Nathan Eovaldi got the start for the Lookouts, but for the second week in a row the Dodgers No. 2 prospect was pulled from the game after a three up, three down first inning for precautionary reasons. With anticipation of Eovaldi being promoted to the big leagues, right-hander Chris Withrow was brought on in relief in the second inning.
"The short starts don't really affect me at all," Eovaldi said. "I just go out there, throw an inning and work on what I need to. I just go out there, compete and try to get guys out."
After Eovaldi's exit the Chattanooga offense went to work in the second inning with right fielder Blake Smith sending a solo-shot over the center field fence. The home run was the third of the season for Smith, and the blast extended the 24-year-old's hit streak to nine games, putting the Lookouts up 1-0 early.
Withrow led off the third inning with a walk and left fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez followed up with a home run to put Chattanooga up 3-0, but BCG's night was not over yet. The leadoff hitter ripped his second home run of the night in the fifth, another two-run home run to put the Lookouts ahead 5-1. The home run to left-center was his fourth of the season, but the Looks' offense fell flat after the inning.
Chattanooga was only able to muster up two hits through the final four innings of regulation, a double from Travis Denker to lead off the sixth inning and a Matt Wallach single in the ninth, and the Mobile BayBears went on the offensive attack.
Mobile plated four runs in the top of the seventh inning, chasing Withrow from the game after five and two-thirds innings pitched. Withrow allowed three runs to score on his watch in the inning, and reliever Blake Johnson allowed an inherited runner to cross before ending the inning with a strike out.
Withrow finished the night with six strike outs, allowing just five hits and three walks.
"Withrow looked outstanding," manager Carlos Subero said. "He did a tremendous job. He had a great night. There was probably a ball that could have been caught in centerfield that ended up being three or four more runs than they should have. Withrow did an excellent job."
Chattanooga and Mobile both went scoreless in the final two innings, sending the 5-5 contest to extra innings.
The BayBears scored two runs in the top of the 12th and it looked like it was over the Lookouts. The lineup had fallen silent and momentum was with Mobile, but two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Chattanooga.
With the bases packed, Subero sent pitcher Aaron Miller to the plate as a pinch hitter. Looking to just put the ball in play, Miller was plunked with a pitch, driving in a run to draw the Mobile lead within one run. Bases still loaded, Denker lifted a sacrifice fly down the right field line, scoring Nunez from third base to tie the game at seven runs. Gorman Erickson was intentionally walked to load the bases to get to Rafael Ynoa, who was 0-5 coming into the at-bat.
Ynoa fouled off the first pitch but put the second into play. A grounder was sent to first baseman Yazy Arbelo, and rather than throwing home to challenge the game-winning run, the 24-year-old took it to first base himself, recording just the second out of the inning and allowing the winning run to cross the plate.
Chattanooga is now 4-7 at home and looks to improve their record with four games to go in the Mobile series.
Allen Webster (1-3, 4.43 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday for the Lookouts. The Dodgers No. 3 prospect was roughed up in his last outing April 21 at Tennessee. The Smokies tacked eight hits through five innings onto the 23-year-old, scoring three runs. The Smokies also collected two home runs off the right-hander, handing Webster his third loss.
Mobile right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-0, 0.40 ERA) will be on the bump for the BayBears. The No. 1 prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization was phenomenal in his last start, giving up just four hits and striking out eight through seven innings against league-best Jackson. The 21-year-old boasts a microscopic ERA and has allowed just one run to score in 22 innings of work this season.
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