Scoring first in baseball doesn't always guarantee victory, but those odds increase when it's a tie game that resumes in the eighth inning.
C.J. Retherford's one-out double into the left-field corner scored Brian Cavazos-Galvez from first base in the bottom of the eighth and propelled Chattanooga to a 5-4 win Saturday over the Jackson Generals at AT&T Field. The triumph was a completion of Friday night's contest that was halted by rain, and it required only 12 minutes.
"They should all be like that," a smiling Retherford said. "Obviously you want to win in regulation, but it's only if the time comes and you're in the right situation. A win is a win, and you will take every one of them."
In Saturday night's regularly scheduled game, Jackson obliterated the Lookouts 13-1. Abraham Almonte hit a solo home run to right-center during the third inning and had a bases-clearing triple to center to highlight a five-run fourth for the Generals.
Andres Santiago took the brunt of Almonte's wrath and allowed seven runs on six hits before failing to last four innings.
Retherford had a solo home run to left in the second inning Friday night and finished the two-day game 3-for-4 with three RBIs. His heroics stood up when Lookouts relief pitcher Yimi Garcia retired the Generals in order in the top of the ninth.
It was the first suspended-game victory for Jody Reed in his short stint as Lookouts manager.
"Even though there is a 24-hour time period, you have to treat it just like it was being played last night," Reed said. "It's the bottom of the eighth, and we've got two at-bats to their one. That's the approach you've got to take."
Rob Rasmussen (1-2, 4.18 ERA) is scheduled to start today's 2:15 game for the Lookouts, with Chance Ruffin (1-0, 3.00) scheduled for the Generals.
Pitcher Matt Magill, who went 11-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 26 starts with the Lookouts last season, was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque and started Saturday night for Los Angeles against visiting Milwaukee.
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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 ...