MONTGOMERY, AL – Chattanooga starter Brent Leach tossed seven shutout, two-hit innings and the Lookouts (59-64) pounded a pair of long home runs to beat the Biscuits (62-61) 6-1 Saturday at Riverwalk.
The Biscuits have now lost five straight for the first time this season, and having dropped seven-straight home games, are one short of tying a franchise record for the longest home-skid. They’re only one game above .500 for the first time since the middle of May, and 5.5 out of the wild card with only 15 games remaining.
All six Lookout runs came in the first three innings against Rayner Oliveros (2-6), with Matt Wallach smacking a two-run shot in the second, and Corey Smith following four Oliveros walks with a three-run job to make it 6-0 in the third.
The lone Biscuits run came in the eighth, when Emeel Salem grounded out to score Drew Anderson.
Leach (6-3) was masterful in his longest outing of the season, fanning six and walking one in the victory. After giving up a two-out single in the third, he would retire the final 13 batters that he faced.
The Biscuits bullpen was the bright spot, with Josh Satow, Ryan Reid, and infielder Mike Folli combining for six scoreless innings.
RHP Paul Phillips will make his first start of the season against Chattanooga’s RHP Jesus Castillo on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 as the Biscuits look to avoid the sweep.