KODAK, Tenn. — Stephen Bruno singled to center field with one out in the ninth inning, advanced to second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and scored on Christian Villanueva's single to center as the Tennessee Smokies edged the Chattanooga Lookouts 4-3 in the second-half opener for both Southern League baseball teams Thursday night.
Chattanooga had tied the game earlier in the ninth on Chris O'Brien's single that scored Daniel Mayora.
The Smokies took a 3-1 lead on Rubi Silva's two-run home run to right in the sixth inning, and the Lookouts pulled within 3-2 in the seventh on Scott Schebler's homer to center.
Game two of the five-game series is tonight at 7:15. Matt Shelton (2-1, 3.13 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Lookouts, with Matt Loosen (3-2, 5.17) 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 ...