Three Chattanooga pitchers combined to give up just three hits and one run Thursday night in Birmingham, but Barons’ starter Pedro Hernandez needed little help. Hernandez, a 23-year-old left-hander, went 7.2 scoreless innings to beat the Lookouts, 1-0.
The two teams combined for just seven hits in a game that barely crossed the two-hour mark. Barons’ third baseman Corey Smith accounted for the only run with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Lookouts had a chance to tie the game in the seventh, when Blake Smith hit a ball to deep centerfield. Smith, Chattanooga’s right fielder, was credited with a triple, but was thrown out at home attempting an inside-the-park home run. The out ended the top of the seventh, and Lookouts manager Carlos Subero was ejected by the home plate umpire between half innings.
Other than Smith, no other Lookout reached second base after the second inning.
Allen Webster started the game for Chattanooga and gave up just one hit in four innings, but was pulled after 43 pitches. Red Patterson gave up the home run and was credited with the loss.
The Lookouts play the final game of their series in Birmingham Friday, before returning to AT&T Field to host the Jackson Generals on Saturday.