Joe Newby pitched more like a veteran Friday than a newbie with the Chattanooga Lookouts.
He pitched carefully — very carefully at times — in leading the Lookouts to a 3-1 win over the Mississippi Braves at AT&T Field.
“When you trust your stuff, you’re not going to give in, and that’s exactly what he did,” Chattanooga manager Carlos Subero said. “It’s a great pitching performance for him.”
Newby, who reached Class AAA for the Mariners in 2009, pitched five innings Friday night. He allowed five hits, three walks and one run and struck out four in his second start of the season.
“The big thing is that I always throw all my pitches for strikes,” Newby said. “I have a good set of fielders behind me, and they made plays.
“I think I threw all my pitches really well, and I kept hitters off balance. And I try not to get into a routine.”
He pitched even better in his first game of the season — five innings and no runs alllowed. But the Lokouts didn’t score for him and Chattanooga wound up losing 3-0 to Jackson.
“That’s two in a row for him,” Subero said.
The Lookouts (15-14) scored for Newby on Friday, not long after he pitched around an error and a single in the top of the first inning.
Kyle Russell pulled a double down the first-base line to score Brad Coon. But the Lookouts couldn’t add to that despite having runners at third and second with one out.
Chattanooga gave Newby a 2-0 lead when Coon singled in Matt Wallach. But Jaime Pedroza was thrown out at the plate trying to score behind Wallach.
Newby ran into a bit of trouble in the top of the fifth inning. He allowed a single, then a walk. He struck out the pitcher, got a flyout and then walked two straight, including Jeff Fiorentino, who pushed C.J. Rutherford across the plate for the Braves (12-18).
“I try not to give into anybody. Even on 3-2 that can hurt you,” Newby said. “So I walked one in and got the next guy.”
Alfredo Silverio doubled home Elian Herrera in the bottom of the fifth to get that run back and help preserve Newby’s first win of the season. Cole St. Clair pitched two innings, Javy Guerra worked an inning and Josh Lindblom earned his fourth save.
“We’ve struggled a bit, like the save I blew the other day,” Lindblom said. “But it’s nice to get it turned around.”
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...