Losing Lookouts still a hit at the gate in Chattanooga

Losing Lookouts still a hit at the gate in Chattanooga

August 11th, 2019 by David Paschall in Sports - Professional

The Chattanooga Lookouts have surpassed their total attendance from each of the past two seasons with a homestand to spare.

An announced crowd of 2,310 watched the Lookouts lose 6-4 to the Jackson Generals in a Sunday afternoon contest that contained 27 hits and five errors. AT&T Field had a packed house of 6,373 on Saturday for the annual Used Car Night promotion in which 10 cars were given away.

The Lookouts have played before 218,053 fans through 62 home games this season. They played before 214,811 fans in 67 home games last season and competed in front of 209,948 in 66 in 2017.

Chattanooga still has a five-game homestand with the Montgomery Biscuits on Aug. 23-27, which could allow the Lookouts to pursue their best year at the gate since 2014, when 242,627 fans attended. That season was boosted by a rehab appearance from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, a perennial MLB All-Star.

The Lookouts averaged 3,516 fans in 2014 and are averaging 3,517 this season.

Jackson led 2-0 after three innings Sunday and broke free with a four-run fourth for a 6-0 advantage. Daulton Varsho's three-run home run to left field ignited Jackson's outburst.

The Generals maintained their 6-0 lead until the seventh, when a Gavin LaValley double to center scored Michael Beltre, Calten Daal and Stuart Fairchild. Two throwing errors by the Generals allowed LaValley to circle the bases and pull the Lookouts within 6-4.

Chattanooga, which plays 15 of its last 20 games on the road, dropped to 17-32 in the Southern League's second half and to 53-65 overall.

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