In the summer of 2001, the Atlanta Braves' Greg Maddux pitched 72 consecutive innings without allowing a walk.
Chris Withrow won't be compared to Maddux any time soon.
Withrow was the winning pitcher in Chattanooga's 5-3 triumph Monday night over Montgomery at AT&T Field despite walking six batters. Of the 93 pitches thrown by the 23-year-old Texan in five elongated innings, 47 were balls.
"Chris just had a tough day with some mechanical glitches," Lookouts pitching coach Chuck Crim said. "I'm absolutely wiped out from this game right here, but I'm glad he got the 'W.' He's pitched some other games where deserved a 'W,' and this game always evens things out."
The Lookouts improved to 14-18 before an announced crowd of 2,577.
Withrow left with a 5-3 lead and prevailed largely because of center fielder Anthony Jackson and shortstop Jake Lemmerman, who combined to reach base eight times. Jackson also made several stellar plays in the field.
"It's fun when the two top-of-the order guys are getting on and we get something started," Jackson said. "If the first two guys can set the tone, it gives us a lot of opportunities."
Lemmerman went 2-for-2 with two walks and raised his team-leading average to .333. He followed an infield hit by Jackson in the first inning with a home run to center field to put the Lookouts up 2-0.
Montgomery benefited from three Withrow walks in the second inning to tie the game, but the Lookouts went back up 4-2 in the third when a J.T. Wise double to left-center scored Jackson and Lemmerman. A double to left-center by Kyeong Kang in the fifth inning got the Biscuits within a run before Chattanooga answered later in the fifth on a Wise sacrifice fly to center.
Nathan Eovaldi (0-1, 3.71 ERA) is scheduled to start tonight's 7:15 game for the Lookouts, with Shane Dyer (3-2, 2.67) scheduled for the Biscuits.
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 ...