Lookouts Chris Okey Homers Three Times in 8-6 Win Over Birmingham


(lookouts.com) Chattanooga Lookouts catcher Chris Okey belted three home runs to lead the home team to a 8-6 come-from-behind win over the Birmingham Barons. Tonight, Okey matched last year’s home run total and collected a career-high 7 RBIs.

The Lookouts scratched the board first, going up 2-0 in the bottom of the second as Okey smacked his first dinger on the day scoring Gavin LaValley.

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The Barons struck right back for two in the third and three in the fourth cruising to a 6-2 cushion, as LHP Scott Moss tossed his shortest outing of the year on three innings, giving up three runs while striking out two.

Okey came back with a vengeance in the sixth crushing another 2-run HR scoring LaValley again.

To top it off, Okey obliterated a 3-run shot in the sixth to score LaValley & Mitch Nay to give the Lookouts the 7-6 lead. The scoring didn’t stop there as Ibandel Isabel jumped in on the home-run party by hitting his 10th of the year. He is now tied for the Southern League lead, giving Chattanooga insurance and the 8-6 win.

Okey had quite a day, as the last Lookouts player to have three homers in a game was Scott Schebler in 2014 against Jacksonville and the last Lookouts player to have seven plus RBIs in a game was Luis Nunez in 2012 against the Tennessee Smokies.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.