KODAK, Tenn. -- An eighth-inning home run by Javier Baez was the difference as the Tennessee Smokies edged the visiting Chattanooga Lookouts 4-3 in Southern League baseball Thursday night.
Baez's blast to center field off Pedro Baez broke a 3-all tie and sent Chattanooga to a fifth consecutive defeat. The Lookouts are 16-36 this half, including 4-24 in road games.
Chattanooga took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Rafael Ynoa doubled and scored on Brian Cavazos-Galvez's single to left, and the Lookouts made it 3-0 in the third on a two-run home run by Joc Pederson.
Game four of the five-game series is tonight at 7:15. Rob Rasmussen (3-3, 2.52 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Lookouts, with Matt Loosen (1-3, 7.48) scheduled for the Smokies.
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 ...