Jacksonville Sports Day

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Fall to Lookouts 9-3


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (11-11, 41-51) fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (17-5, 59-33) by a 9-3 score in the second game of the five-game series at AT&T Field on Friday night.

Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher Trevor Richards (2-1) took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Chattanooga right-handed starter Kohl Stewart (3-4) earned the win, working six innings where he allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

The clubs both scored a pair of runs in the second inning. With two outs in the top of the second, Yefri Perez gave Jacksonville a 2-0 lead with his two-run single to left. The Lookouts evened the score in the bottom of the second when TJ White powered a two-run homer down the left field line.

The Lookouts briefly took the lead in the bottom of the third with an RBI single by Andy Wilkins to lead 3-2. In the top of the fourth, John Norwood quickly tied the game with a solo homer, his team-high 15th of the year, to even the score at 3-3.

Chattanooga started the fifth inning with four straight hits off Richards, including RBI singles for Wilkins and White to take a 5-3 lead. Joe Gunkel entered from the bullpen for the Jumbo Shrimp and struck out the three batters he faced in order to close out the bottom of the fifth. The Lookouts then had a three-run bottom of the sixth against Gunkel to grow the lead to 8-3.

Jacksonville reliever Jeff Kinley worked a scoreless seventh, and then the Lookouts added an unearned run off Esmerling De La Rosa in the bottom of the eighth when Max Murphy hit an RBI triple to put the lead at 9-3, which would be the final.

The Jumbo Shrimp and Lookouts will continue their series with the third game of the five-game set at AT&T Field on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham (5-6, 3.18) will start for Jacksonville against Lookouts right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (3-1, 3.77 ERA).

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