BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With the Southern League playoffs looming, the Chattanooga Lookouts tuned up with a 4-2 victory over the Birmingham Barons on Thursday night.
Chattanooga took a first-inning lead without benefit of a hit after Jake Lemmerman, J.T. Wise, C.J. Retherford and Blake Smith all drew walks. The latter’s base on balls scored Lemmerman, and the Lookouts led, 1-0.
Chattanooga also took advantage of the Barons’ generosity in the fifth inning. Three more walks loaded the bases, and after a pitching change, Luis Nunez singled in two more runs for a 3-0 lead.
The Lookouts added a final run in the sixth on Brahiam Malonado’s home run, his seventh of the season.
The Barons got their two runs in the seven, on Erik Morrison’s home run.
Matt Magill (11-8) pitched seven innings and got the win for Chattanooga. He gave up those two earned runs but also struck out seven. Steve Ames came on in the ninth to record his 18th save.
Matt Wickswat (2-8) pitched four innings for the Barons and gave up three earned runs and seven walks. He struck out three.
With just four more regular-season games to go, all at Birmingham, the Lookouts have a four-game cushion on top of the Southern League North standings. Chattanooga is 39-27. Birmingham falls to 31-35.