Lookouts slip past M-Braves

Published 11:34 am Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Mississippi Braves couldn’t cash in with runners in scoring position in the ninth inning, and it came back to haunt them.

Kyle Russell’s 10th-inning sacrifice fly led the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 3-2 victory over the M-Braves in game three of a four-game series at Trustmark Park Monday. The two teams square off in today’s series finale at 7 p.m. With the game tied 2-2, Ynoa and Buss singled to put runners at the corners with one out in the 10th. Russell delivered a sacrifice fly to center field, driving home the go-ahead run.

Todd Cunningham and Ian Gac led the M-Braves offense with two hits.

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Chattanooga (14-11, 46-47) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rafael Ynoa singled and Nick Buss followed with a base hit to right field. Buss moved to second on the throw. Russell grounded out, driving in Ynoa for the game’s first run. C.J. Retherford also grounded out to bring home Buss.

The M-Braves (9-15, 39-55) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Jason Christian singled and took second on Zeke Spruill’s sacrifice bunt. After a Cunningham groundout, Christian moved to third. Christian Bethancourt followed with a single to short, driving home Christian and cutting the Lookuts’ lead to 2-1.

Gac led off the seventh with a double to center field. He took third on a balk and came in to score on Phil Gosselin’s sacrifice fly to center, tying the game at 2-2.

The M-Braves managed to get runners to second and third in the bottom of the ninth but could not drive in the winning run, to send the game into extra innings.

Chris Withrow (2-1) worked two innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out one to pick up the win. Steven Ames came on in the 10th to record the save.

Mark Lamm (0-3) surrendered the loss. He went two innings and gave up one earned run on two hits.

Zeke Spruill tossed seven innings for the M-Braves, but did not factor into the decision.