Before Thursday's start to Chattanooga's five-game series against Birmingham at AT&T Field, Lookouts outfielder Bobby Coyle asked team officials to be referred to as Bobby Coyle Jr.
He's been a .500 hitter ever since.
The suffix-adding Coyle has torched the Barons on 7-of-14 hitting with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. He doubled to center field in the third inning Sunday and scored on Scott Schebler's home run to right-center as Chattanooga took a 2-0 lead, and Schebler's second two-run homer in the 11th propelled the Lookouts to a 4-3 win.
Chattanooga clinched the series with a game to spare, improving to 17-25 in the Southern League's second half and pulling within 4.5 games of the Barons (22-21). Lookouts starting pitcher Chris Reed had an excellent showing Sunday, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings.
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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 ...