Nine innings are not enough to decide things between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Mobile BayBears.
Paul Goldschmidt's RBI triple to right-center field and Ryan Wheeler's RBI double down the right-field line catapulted Mobile to a 7-5 triumph in 11 innings Monday night at AT&T Field. It was the third extra-inning game of the six-game series, and the BayBears won all three.
Normally a BayBears outfielder, Kyle Green came in to pitch the bottom of the 11th and got Hector Gimenez, Scott Van Slyke and Kyle Russell to fly out.
Mobile won four games overall in the series to improve to 19-6 in the Southern League's second half, while Chattanooga dropped to 14-11. Monday's game time of four hours and two minutes topped Mobile's 7-5 victory in 12 innings Sunday by two minutes.
Taylor Harbin's two-out single up the middle off Josh Lindblom in the ninth inning scored Adam Eaton to give the BayBears a 5-4 lead, but the Lookouts tied it when Russell's double to left scored Van Slyke. Russell took third on an error by left fielder Ollie Linton but was left stranded when Travis Denker struck out for the fifth time in the game.
Monday night was a pitching rematch of last Wednesday's series opener. Jarrod Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization according to Baseball America, and Lookouts counterpart Nathan Eovaldi each worked five innings.
Eovaldi allowed six walks last Wednesday and did it again Monday, and he left with his team down 4-1.
Chattanooga got sixth-inning sacrifice flies from Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Gimenez to help turn that 4-1 deficit into a 4-4 deadlock. Cavazos-Galvez brought home Ivan Ochoa, but the relay from center fielder A.J. Pollock was muffed by Harbin at shortstop, which enabled Elian Herrera to score as well.
Mobile went up 2-1 in the third inning when Wheeler's two-out single to left-center scored Parker and Eaton. Parker had opened that inning by reaching on a fielding error by Cavazos-Galvez at first base, while Eaton drew a walk.
Parker drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, advanced to third on an Eaton single to right and scored on Pollock's sacrifice to left that made it 3-1. The BayBears extended it to 4-1 in the sixth when Lookouts relief pitcher Scott Rice balked with runners at the corners.
The Lookouts had taken a 1-0 lead when Russell's two-out single up the middle in the first inning scored Brad Coon. Russell was 2-for-14 with nine strikeouts in the Mobile series before collecting two hits and two RBIs.
Michael Antonini (8-8, 4.06 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Lookouts in Wednesday night's series opener in Huntsville.
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