Lookouts beat Biscuits in opener

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 4, 2008


MONTGOMERY &8212; The Chattanooga Lookouts were obviously waiting for Jake McGee to leave the mound.

McGee struck out the first batter of the season on three pitches, Chattanooga allowed an easy run, and the Montgomery Biscuits were off and running in the 2008 season.

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But the tables turned later in the game, and the Lookouts (1-0) won 4-1 to give Montgomery (0-1) its first setback in a quest for its third consecutive Southern League title.

McGee retired his first eight batters and was finished after six innings of three-hit, one-run baseball in which he struck out seven.

Lookouts shortstop Jose Castro airmailed a routine ground ball over first baseman Rhyne Hughes&8217; head, and Montgomery had a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Just as soon as McGee exited the game, the Lookouts jumped on their chance to take over.

B.J. Symanski got to reliever Jino Gonzalez (0-1) for an RBI triple and a 2-1 Chattanooga lead in the seventh.

The Lookouts brought two more home in the eighth on Michael Griffin&8217;s two-run double, making it a 4-1 game.

The Biscuits squandered their best chance to get back in the ball game in the seventh. Rhyne Hughes and Sergio Pedroza led off the inning with singles. Gaby Martinez immediately struck out, and Ronnie Merrill grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Biscuits were down to their last out when Martinez stepped up to the plate, but a sinking line drive gloved by left fielder Cody Strait ended the game.

Lookouts starter Daryl Thompson (1-0) got the win after six innings in which he allowed no earned runs.