In the end, it was the man with the Mohawk.
Shortstop Justin Sellers, who needed a change due to a struggling stretch at the plate, opted Sunday afternoon for the unique hairstyle. Sellers had his sides shaved by teammate Juan Gonzalez after batting practice and hit a ninth-inning sacrifice to center four hours later to push Chattanooga past Mississippi, 2-1, at AT&T Field.
"I just decided to do it today, and it worked," a smiling, new-look Sellers said after getting mobbed. "This is a great feeling, and it hasn't happened to me all year."
Sellers, a Southern League all-star, is hitting .289 but just .185 in the last two series. His opportunity for heroics was set up when Andrew Lambo led the ninth with a double to left-center off touted Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel.
Lambo got to third on a Russ Mitchell ground out, and Sellers almost drove Kimbrel's first offering over the left-field wall before it curved foul.
"I felt good and thought he would come back with some off-speed, but he gassed me up about 96 (mph), and I swung through it," Sellers said. "I tried to battle, and then, on that last pitch, he hung a slider up and I got it."
Chattanooga improved to 29-28 and pulled within a game of the North Division lead due to West Tenn (30-27) losing to Birmingham. Tennessee (30-27) pulled even with the Diamond Jaxx by winning Sunday in Carolina.
Lookouts starting pitcher Jesus Castillo had one of the more unusual outings of the season.
Mississippi took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Matt Young drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a ground out, stole third and then scored on a Concepcion Rodriguez sacrifice to left. Castillo had a bunt single to open the third inning but got stranded at third, and he entered the sixth inning with one more hit than he had allowed.
Yet despite his no-hitter, the Lookouts still trailed 1-0.
"That was weirdest and longest no-hitter I think I've ever been involved with," Lookouts pitching coach Glenn Dishman said. "I joked with him afterwards and told him if he hadn't faced those left-handers, it would have been a really good day, because he walked five of them. I guess you could call him effectively wild today.
"I started to think, 'Am I going to be excited about this if he throws a no-hitter and we lose 1-0?' It was definitely a strange outing, but the kid really battled and kept us in the ball game."
Castillo wound up walking six batters in seven innings, with Braves right fielder and top prospect Jason Heyward accounting for three of them. He allowed his first hit in the sixth on a one-out single to left-center by Brandon Hicks, but the Lookouts tied it 1-1 in the bottom of that inning when Lucas May's bases-loaded sacrifice to right scored Trayvon Robinson.
James Adkins (5-9, 4.81 ERA) is scheduled to start tonight's 7:15 game for the Lookouts, with Kyle Cofield (10-3, 4.32) scheduled for the Braves.