Starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa pitched six scoreless innings but the Lookouts lost 3-1 to the Mississippi Braves in the first game of a double-header at AT&T Field on Wednesday. Staff photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wednesday morning’s matchup of starting pitchers at AT&T Field pitted Randall Delgado, the No. 3 prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization, and Rubby De La Rosa, the No. 3 prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
As if the talented tandem needed any assistance to open the doubleheader, the temperature was 54 degrees with a stiff wind blowing in.
“We understand that on some days you’re playing for eight runs and that on some days you’re playing for one,” Lookouts left fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez said.
Cavazos-Galvez doubled to left with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Scott Van Slyke, but that was the only run allowed by Delgado as Mississippi won the opener 3-1. The Braves could not score in six innings against De La Rosa but broke through in the seventh on Tyler Pastornicky’s three-run home run to center off reliever Kenley Jansen.
The homer was Pastornicky’s first this season.
“With that wind blowing the way it was, it was really surprising to see that ball go out,” Lookouts manager Carlos Subero said. “It was a good pitching matchup that came down to one batter, and that was the ball game.”
The Lookouts (14-13) gained a split with a 7-6 victory in 10 innings in the second game, winning on Alfredo Silverio’s two-out single up the middle that scored Van Slyke.
“When you play a pair of seven-inning games, an extra three innings feels like forever,” Van Slyke said.
Van Slyke drove in three runs and Pedro Baez two off Braves starter Brett Oberholtzer, the No. 9 organizational prospect.
Mississippi (10-17) trailed 6-5 and was down to its final out in the seventh when Pastornicky struck again, hitting a solo homer to left off Josh Lindblom. The Lookouts had runners on first and second with two out in the eighth when Lindblom, who was on second, was ruled out for batting out of order.
“That was my fault,” Subero said. “I said ‘double switch,’ and the whole thing got messed up.”
Jansen was optioned to Chattanooga from Los Angeles, where he had a 7.43 ERA in 11 appearances — a far cry from his 0.67 ERA in 25 games last season. He went 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 22 games with the Lookouts a year ago before a July 23 promotion to the majors.
Delgado allowed two hits, two walks and struck out three during his seven innings.
“He compares well to any other aces in the league,” Cavazos-Galvez said. “We needed to play a little bit more small ball, I guess. I know I hit a couple of fly balls that I could have lined out a little bit more.”
Said Subero: “The kid has good stuff, but it’s not really overpowering. He does a good job of mixing his pitches. I thought Rubby was outstanding, too. It should be a good series.”
Michael Antonini (2-3, 3.03) is scheduled to start tonight’s 7:15 game for the Lookouts, with Paul Clemens (1-0, 2.36) scheduled for the Braves.
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