Pitching Duel In Birmingham Saturday Ends With Chattanooga Winning, 1-0

Lookouts On The Road Until August 21 When Mississippi Braves Come To Chattanooga

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Dereck Rodriquez pitched his best game of the season Saturday.
Dereck Rodriquez pitched his best game of the season Saturday.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- 5,807 fans at Regions Field in Birmingham saw a great pitching exhibition between Chattanooga's Dereck Rodriquez and the Barons' Michael Kopech, The Lookouts scored the game's only run in the seventh inning when Ryan Walker doubled and Nick Gordon singled, plating Walker on an error on the play.

The Lookouts faced Kopech, the White Sox's top pitching prospect, for the fourth time this season on Saturday night. In his three previous starts, he had struck out nine, 10 and 12 batters. In this game, the flame-throwing righty struck out 10 again.

In his last six starts, Kopech has thrown 41 innings, while only giving up 21 hits and three earned runs, while walking seven and striking out 54, for a 0.66 ERA. The righty lowered his season ERA from 4.02 to 2.87 in the process.

Fortunately, Dereck Rodriguez was up to the challenge. On a night when his father, (Ivan "Pudge" Rodriquez) was honored by the Texas Rangers, Rodriguez was outstanding. He pitched as well as Kopech, without the same number of strikeouts. That it was opposite a talent like Kopech didn’t faze Rodriguez.

Rodriguez threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out five. He improved to 5-2 on the season with the Lookouts.

Kopech and Rodriquez both retired the first nine in order through the third inning, before Kopech finally allowed the game's first hit, a one-out Jon Rodriquez double in the fourth. Kopech, however, struck out Andy Wilkins  to retire the side and the keep the game scoreless.

Reliever Todd Van Steensel worked out of trouble in the eighth inning. He gave up a hit, walked one and hit a batter, but somehow did not give up a run, inducing a fly-out from Alfredo Gonzalez in the eighth inning to preserve the shutout.


Nick Anderson picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth frame.

The Barons were held off the scoreboard for the 11th time this season, while the Lookouts' staff recorded their 14th shutout of the year.


Michael Kopech demonstrated why the young pitcher is the White Sox top pitching prospect.
Michael Kopech demonstrated why the young pitcher is the White Sox top pitching prospect.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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