Another series for the Chattanooga Lookouts is off on the wrong foot.
The Lookouts have dropped four consecutive series three-games-to-two and are in a hole again after losing 4-1 to Montgomery before a Sunday evening crowd of 2,757 at AT&T Field. Chattanooga has lost five series overall this season and has dropped the opening game in four of those five.
"I can't tell you why, but it's something that's been happening," Lookouts manager Carlos Subero said. "You come prepared. We came from Huntsville, so it wasn't like it was a long road trip, and we had our opportunities and just didn't come through.
"We had three hits, so we didn't execute offensively."
Chattanooga fell to 13-18, with 17 losses by three or fewer runs.
"It's tough, but it's early in the season, and these are minor mistakes we can correct," Lookouts shortstop Jake Lemmerman said. "No one likes to lose, and we've just got to learn from these mistakes."
Lookouts starting pitcher Matt Magill entered Sunday with two straight seven-inning outings that included 13 combined strikeouts and one Southern League weekly honor. He would not be as effective against the Biscuits.
In the third inning, Magill allowed a leadoff double to Hak-Ju Lee, hit Kyeong Kang with a pitch and committed a throwing error that enabled Lee to score and Kang to reach third. A sacrifice to center by Michael Sheridan scored Kang to put the Biscuits up 2-0.
Magill worked five innings, tallying four walks and four strikeouts, and Montgomery jumped on relief pitcher Red Patterson when Brad Coon led off the sixth with a double to right and David Wendt followed with an RBI single to center to make it 3-0. Coon played 80 games for the Lookouts last season, hitting .262 with 15 doubles and 13 RBIs.
Chattanooga pulled within 3-1 later in the sixth inning when Rafael Ynoa's double to left scored Anthony Jackson. Kang hit a home run to right in the ninth to cap the scoring.
Lemmerman went 1-for-3 and is hitting .316.
"I'm hitting the pitches I need to," he said, "and when you do that everything usually turns out for you."
Chris Withrow (0-1, 3.94) is scheduled to start tonight's 7:15 game for the Lookouts, with Jake Thompson (0-2, 6.35) scheduled for the Biscuits.
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David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...