Lookouts Split Thursday Double Header With Trash Pandas

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(lookouts.com)The Chattanooga Lookouts (2-1) split Thursday’s Doubleheader against the Rocket City Trash Pandas (1-2).

In the first game, the Lookouts got off to a fast start in the third inning, when Jose Garcia smacked a 350-foot two-run homer. Later that inning Yoel Yanqui hit his first dinger of the season to make it 3-0 Lookouts. The team added more runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Chuckie Robinson, an error on the Trash Panda’s left fielder, and a ground out by Narciso Crook.

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The six runs were enough for starting pitcher Nick Lodolo who dominated the Trash Pandas lineup. The lefty struck out 10 in five innings while only allowing two hits.

Game two got off to a great start for the home team. After an error scored T.J. Hopkins in the second, catcher Mark Koloszvary belted a three-run homer to make it 4-0 Lookouts. Chattanooga increased their lead to seven on a Crook homer, a Rivas single, and a Crook RBI single.

Down 7-0, the Trash Pandas’ offense came alive. With the winds swirling the away team scratched across three runs in the top of the fifth. Michael Cruz pulled the team within one when he hit a three-run homer. Later that inning, a bases-loaded walk by Wes Roberston tied up the game, and a bases-clearing triple by Ray Patrick Didder gave them a 10-7 lead.

The wild win was Rocket City’s first win in team history.

Tomorrow the two teams return for game four of the series on a Fireworks Friday at AT&T Field. Game time is 7:15 p.m. with gates set to open at 6:00 p.m.

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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.