Although Chattanooga has lost its last two games, the team has shown signs of turning the corner. In the last inning of both games the Lookouts have had the tying and winning runs on base but have fallen before having the chance to bring them in.
"We are just in a tough luck streak. Pederson's ball, that missile to third base, if that's a foot any way other than what it is we're tying the ballgame in the ninth," Manager Jody Reed said. "We're just snake bit right now, and we've got to work through it."
Mark Ellis joined the Lookouts on the field yet again during his rehab with the LA Dodger affiliate. Ellis played seven innings with the Lookouts on second base, instead of his scheduled six.
"I think they wanted to see if we could get him that fourth at bat so that's why he stayed in the game," Reed said.
Ellis went 2-2 at bat for the Lookouts, walking once, making it around the bases and scoring, and reaching first on a fielding error by the Smokies first baseman.
Ellis was not the only LA Dodger on the Lookouts roster tonight. Scott Elbert joined Chattanooga as a pitcher for the first inning.
The presence of major leaguers has changed the dynamic in the Clubhouse.
"You've got a big leaguer down here you want to play well, he brings some energy, an example," Reed said. "He played hard and had some good at bats and hopefully they were watching."
Chattanooga loss to the Smokies has the Lookouts at a 0-2 deficit. Chattanooga will have to win every game from here on out if they want to win the series against Tennessee.
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