published Monday, June 20th, 2011

Lookouts top Smokies to win series

Chattanooga Lookouts right fielder Kyle Russell.
Chattanooga Lookouts right fielder Kyle Russell.
Photo by John Rawlston.

Chattanooga closed out the first half with a six-run ninth inning to beat the Tennessee Smokies 11-6 and capture its first series against Tennessee and finish with a 35-35 record.

The Lookouts trailed 6-5 until Kyle Russell’s three-run home run to right scored Alfredo Silverio and Elian Herrera. Scott Van Slyke followed with a single to center and scored to make it 9-6 on Wilberto Ortiz’s ground-rule double to left.

Silverio went 4-for-5 and now leads the Lookouts with a .324 average.

The Lookouts have the next three days off because of the Southern League All-Star break and will start the second half at home against Jacksonville on Thursday night at 7:15.

The teams will decide their second-half starters later in the week.

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