The Lookouts committed seven errors the last time they played at home.
They made just as many mistakes in their return to AT&T Field on Thursday, which helped result in a 6-5 loss to the Jackson Generals. Only one misplay was scored an error, but other should-haves factored in.
“We had plenty of mental mistakes on defense, on offense and on the bases, and you expect more from a Double-A ball club,” manager Carlos Subero said. “It gets to a point where it’s repetitive.”
The Lookouts almost made up for their defensive lapses at the plate, but they fell short in a slow-paced game before a crowd of 3,514.
One Jackson hit was a line drive off the glove of Elian Herrera. And in the third inning Chattanooga center fielder Anthony Jackson plunked Nate Tenbrink between the shoulder blades as he advanced to third base.
Those and the other defensive miscues combined with six hits and three walks to make Nate Eovaldi’s night a short one.
“We’re giving runs away on offense; we’re giving runs away on defense,” Subero said. “There’s no way that’s a 6-5 game.”
Eovaldi, the Lookouts’ starter, lasted less than three innings. He allowed six runs (four earned) while striking out three batters.
Jackson (9-10) led 6-0 when David Pfeiffer relieved Evoaldi. The Lookouts (12-9) then mounted a comeback.
Scott Van Slyke cut that lead in half with a blast over the black center-field wall, more than 400 feet away from the plate, in the bottom of the third inning.
“I got it to a 3-1 count and I didn’t miss his fastball,” said Van Slyke, who also had two doubles.
Alfredo Silverio led off the fourth with his Southern League-leading fifth triple. He scored on a groundout by Jessie Mier to pull the Lookouts within 6-4.
Chattanooga pulled within a run when Herrera bunted home Silverio in the bottom of the sixth.
The Lookouts had one player picked off at second base, one out at third for over-running the bag and another cut down trying to steal second.
“It didn’t work out today,” Van Slyke said. “We had a 10-hour bus trip last night [from Zebulon, N.C.] and we got delayed, so a bunch of us got four hours of sleep. I’m not blaming that. It’s early in the year and our work habits will pay off soon.”
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...