Lookouts Drop Series Finale

After five games, the Chattanooga Lookouts lose the series to the Huntsville Stars 4-1 Monday night when the final game ended with a 3-2 score.

Although the series already belonged to the Stars, Monday, the Lookouts took the field again to try to win two out of five but lost their early 2-1 lead in the seventh.

"We're a good ball club," Lookouts manager Jody Reed said. "We're just a little snake bit. A play here, a play there, and it could change the outcome of two or three of those ball games."

The Lookouts have done a good job on offense in the beginning of the five games in the series, scoring at least one run in every first inning.

"We've got the potential to score a lot of runs," Reed said. "These guys can swing the bat, and they're going to swing the bat."

One of the contributing factors to the early scoring is the combination of Rafael Ynoa, Joc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig, who were in the same lineup in four of the five games.

"I feel real good about that combo," Reed said. "They're scoring runs early and that's certainly what you want to do. It's always nice to jump on the board early."

Chattanooga lost its lead in the top of the seventh inning when the Stars brought in two runs to make it a 3-2 game.

The Lookouts had a chance to even the score in the bottom of the seventh, when Puig cracked a line drive to right field putting Ynoa in scoring position. Unfortunately for Chattanooga, Ynoa missed his sign to stop at third and continued to run home and was gunned down by the Stars, giving the Lookouts their third out.

"We're here to learn the game, and we're going to make mistakes" Reed said. "Just like in life, you learn from your mistakes. We have to make these mistakes; they're part of the growing process, the developmental process. He (Ynoa) came up and said ‘My bad. I wanted to score so bad that I just put my head down and ran.'"

This game gave the Lookouts a 1-4 record against the Stars for the series but there is plenty of baseball left in the season.

"I told them‘Look we're going to be positive. We got our little five game feeling out series. We're going to take this day off and then we're going to come back and we're going to start playing quality baseball.'"

The Lookouts hit the road on Tuesday to begin a five game series with the Tennessee Smokies on Wednesday. Zach Lee is expected to make his second start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm EST.

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