published Friday, June 28th, 2013

Long balls lift Chattanooga Lookouts over Montgomery

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    Chattanooga Lookouts left fielder Bobby Coyle bounces off the wall as he jumps for a deep fly ball in the fifth inning against the Montgomery Biscuits Thursday at AT&T Field.
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The Chattanooga Lookouts held their own home run derby Thursday night at AT&T Field. Lookouts batters combined for a season-high four long balls in an 8-3 win over the Montgomery Biscuits.

Joc Pederson went deep twice, Angelo Songco blasted a three-run shot in the first inning and J.T. Wise hit a two-run homer in the seventh as the Lookouts (40-39, 4-5 second half) snapped a three-game skid against the Biscuits (42-37, 5-4).

"We're just trying to put together quality at-bats to help the team win, and I think we did that really well tonight," said Pederson, who has 13 homers this season. "It was to fun to watch everybody hit the ball hard."

Lookouts pitcher Duke von Schamann got off to a rough start, giving up a leadoff home run to Kevin Kiermaier but escaping the first inning without more damage. The Biscuits stranded runners on third and second.

It was a better start than Montgomery's Victor Mateo, who walked Rafael Ynoa and gave up a two-run shot to right field by Pederson for a 2-1 Lookouts lead. Brian Cavazos-Galvez then singled, as did Wise, with Cavazos-Galvez moving to third on an error.

All that without any outs, and then Songco crushed the first pitch he saw over the beer garden in right for a 5-1 lead.

The Biscuits closed the gap to 5-2 with a run in the second and added another run in the fifth with a triple by Mark Thomas and an RBI double by Robi Estrada.

Von Schamann earned the win, allowing eight hits, three earned runs and striking out five in five innings.

Pederson homered again in the seventh, swatting a solo shot to right off Biscuits reliever Austin Hubbard. Cavazos-Galvez then singled and Wise belted his second homer of the night, pushing the Lookouts' lead to 8-3.

The five-game series wraps up tonight. Ross Stripling (4-1, 2.79 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Lookouts, with Jake Floethe (1-1, 6.16) set to go for the Biscuits.

Contact John Frierson at jfrierson@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6268. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/MocsBeat.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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