Lookouts Falter Late, Lose Second Straight

The Chattanooga Lookouts (10-13) lost their second contest to the Mobile BayBears (13-10), falling 4-2 Friday night despite a phenomenal outing from Dodgers No. 8 prospect Ethan Martin (2-0).

"Ethan threw the ball really well," pitching coach Chuck Crimm said. "Disappointed he wasn't able to get a win out of it, but from the development side of it, he threw the ball very well."

Martin tossed seven innings, allowing only three hits and two runs to the Mobile bats. The 22-year-old righty struck out seven batters while walking just two batters. Martin was handed a no-decision after exiting during a 2-2 tie after seven frames.

"I just tried throwing strikes and let the defense make plays," Martin said. "I allowed one run that was on me because of walks, but I just have those cut that out, especially leadoff walks. The defense just played great behind me and that's all I can ask."

Kyle Russell was penciled into the cleanup spot both Thursday and Friday, but due to Eovaldi's late activation by the Dodgers, Russell had to be scratched from the lineup Thursday. Russell was activated just in time for Friday's first pitch, but despite having the power hitter's lumber back in the lineup, the Lookouts offense was not able to follow up Martin's solid outing.

The Lookouts took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning off starter Derek Eitel (0-2). Luis Nunez singled with one out and Russell drew a walk after J.T. Wise flied out for the second out of the inning. Travis Denker followed through with a double down the right field line, nearly clipping the Lookouts ball boy, to drive in Nunez. Russell was able to score on a throwing error by Alfredo Marte. The right fielder's errant throw skipped up the third baseline and allowed Chattanooga to take its only lead of the night.

Mobile scored a run off Martin in the seventh before the starter exited, tying the game at 2-all headed to the eighth. The BayBears tacked on two runs in the top of the eighth inning off reliever Blake Johnson (0-2). Red Patterson pitched a perfect ninth, striking out one, but the 2-run lead was enough to put the BayBears out of reach.

Russell was 2-3 in his first game back for the Lookouts since straining his oblique on a strike out-swing April 16 against the Birmingham Barons. Russell ripped two singles, walked and struck out in his first game back after a 10-contest absence from the lineup.

"I felt good," Russell said. "I felt comfortable. In the time that I had off I just worked a lot on my hitting. I'm hoping it will lead to something bigger and better."

Southpaw Aaron Miller (1-1, 4.24 ERA) will get the start for the Lookouts Saturday. The lefty pitched five innings April 23 in his last start against Tennessee. Miller gave up four hits to the Smokies including four runs, three walks and two strikeouts.

Chase Anderson (0-0, 0.82) is scheduled to pitch for the BayBears. The right-hander pitched seven innings in his last outing April 23 against the Jacksonville Suns. Anderson gave up just four hits and an earned run to the Suns while striking out a season-high 10 batters.

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