published Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Five-run first keys 8-3 Chattanooga Lookouts win

The Chattanooga Lookouts were anemic at the plate Wednesday night and Thursday night in Huntsville, managing just one combined hit in the two losses.

That was not a problem Friday night at AT&T Field.

Chattanooga pounced for five first-inning runs on four hits in rolling to an 8-3 victory over Mississippi in the series opener before an announced crowd of 3,877. Jake Lemmerman led the charge with a 3-for-4 showing that included two doubles and a home run.

Lemmerman hit a double to left field in the first inning that scored Blake Smith, J.T. Wise and Anthony Jackson and capped the five-run outburst. Wise had singled to left to score Rafael Ynoa and Nick Buss to put the Lookouts up 2-0.

Lookouts starting pitcher Matt Magill worked into the seventh inning and allowed three runs on five hits to improve to 9-5 on the season. Chattanooga improved to 24-17 in the second-half race and remains in first place in the Southern League's North Division.

The teams will meet again tonight at AT&T in what will be the first of two "Used Car Night" promotions. Lookouts officials are scheduled to give away 11 used cars tonight and seven Sunday afternoon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the popular event.

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