PENSACOLA, Fla. — J.T. Wise’s three-run home run keyed a four-run seventh inning and lifted the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 6-4 victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in Southern League baseball action on Saturday night.
The Lookouts won despite getting just four hits to 11 for Pensacola, and the biggest one was Wise’s blast in the seventh. The inning opened with Matt Wallach striking out, but Brahiam Maldonado singled to right and Rafael Ynoa walked. Nick Buss reached base on a throwing error by Blue Wahoos first baseman Beau Mills, and Maldonado came around to score. That set the stage for Wise, whose line drive smash carried the left-field fence for his seventh homer.
Rookie Zach Lee (1-3), the former LSU football signee, picked up his first win of the season. He allowed eight hits and three earned runs in six innings and struck out three. Three other Lookout pitchers got into the game, including Steve Ames, who worked the ninth and got his 15th save despite allowing two hits.
Drew Hayes (2-3), the second Pensacola pitcher, took the loss.
The victory increased the Lookouts’ lead in the Southern League North Division to a game and a half over the Jackson Generals. Chattanooga is 28-21 in the second half of the SL season.
Pensacola’s second-half record fell to 25-24. The Blue Wahoos are in third place in the South Division, two games behind Jacksonville.