Lookouts Game Notes 8/26/16

CHATTANOOGA (32-27, 68-61) vs JACKSONVILLE (28-30, 69-60)

7:05 pm @ Baseball Grounds – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Felix Jorge (R, 1-4, 4.38) vs. Matt Tracy (L, 2-5, 5.12)

Lookouts Game Notes 8-26-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The Lookouts escaped with a one run win Thursday night against the Jacksonville Suns, their third of the series. Three Chattanooga hitters finished with multiple hits including Zach Granite’s three hit night to move him into first in batting average at .303. Edgar Corcino and Niko Goodrum both collected a pair of hits, while Corcino, DJ Hicks and Engelb Vielma all drove in two runs each. Ryan Eades started on the mound for the Lookouts allowing four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings pitched. Raul Fernandez continued serving as the Lookouts closer with Trevor Hildenberger on the DL, and blew the save in the eighth but earned the win after Chattanooga took the lead with two runs in the ninth.

Roster Shuffle: The Twins announced Shannon Wilkerson was released from the Lookouts roster while Mason Melotakis was activated from the Disabled List.

Zach the Flash Granite: Zach Granite stole his 49th and 50th bases of the season Wednesday which moved the speedster into a tie for 5th in the Lookouts single season record book. He is tied with Dwight Taylor (1982) and Wally Dashiell (1929) and sits three behind Dee Gordon (53, 2010).

Caught Ya: Stuart Turner gunned down another runner in the Tuesday’s game to raise his caught stealing percentage to .421 (16-for-38) on the year, best in the Southern League. Chattanooga leads the league as a team in CS% as well with a .450 figure (41-for-91).

Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 78 batters in 65.2 innings pitched across 11 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 6 in a quality start Monday. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 57 innings with 24 hits and seven runs allowed in eight starts since, with a 1.10 ERA during that span. Southern League batters are hitting just .163 against Stephen in 221 total AB. Gonsalves has allowed just one earned run since July 30th (27 IP since).

How May I Assist You?: Zach Granite picked up another two outfield assists Sunday and narrowly missed a third, running his season total to 12, the most in league. Granite also leads the league in putouts, total chances, and sports a fantastic .996 fielding % in CF. List of other things Granite is top three in the league in: H (1st), R (2nd), 3B (2nd), AB (2nd), AVG (1st), and SB (1st).

Lookouts Game Notes 8/25/16

CHATTANOOGA (31-27, 67-61) vs JACKSONVILLE (28-29, 69-59)

7:05 pm @ Baseball Grounds – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Ryan Eades (R, 6-5, 4.38) vs. Patrick Johnson (R, 6-7, 3.54)

Lookouts Game Notes 8-25-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The Lookouts offense exploded for 13 hits to power Chattanooga to a 9-3 win over the Jacksonville Suns. Stuart Turner led the way with a 4-for-5 night including his sixth homer of the season. He drove in two and scored once. Zach Granite finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases to run his season total to 50. Edgar Corcino and Levi Michael also had multi-hit nights with two apiece. Corcino drove in three and Michael hit his second home run of the year. Kohl Stewart got the win allowing three runs in six innings but he walked five and struck out only two. Brandon Peterson and Luke Bard finished the game with three scoreless innings combined.

Zach the Flash Granite: Zach Granite stole his 49th and 50th bases of the season Wednesday which moved the speedster into a tie for 5th in the Lookouts single season record book. He is tied with Dwight Taylor (1982) and Wally Dashiell (1929) and sits three behind Dee Gordon (53, 2010).

Decisions, Decisions: RHP Kohl Stewart has received a decision in every game since his Lookouts debut, earning his eighth win Wednesday, with six three-run innings (8-6). Stewart is 7-2 in his last seven starts with 49.2 innings pitched during that stretch.

Caught Ya: Stuart Turner gunned down another runner in the Tuesday’s game to raise his caught stealing percentage to .421 (16-for-38) on the year, best in the Southern League. Chattanooga leads the league as a team in CS% as well with a .450 figure (41-for-91).

Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 78 batters in 65.2 innings pitched across 11 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 6 in a quality start Monday. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 57 innings with 24 hits and seven runs allowed in eight starts since, with a 1.10 ERA during that span. Southern League batters are hitting just .163 against Stephen in 221 total AB. Gonsalves has allowed just one earned run since July 30th (27 IP since).

How May I Assist You?: Zach Granite picked up another two outfield assists Sunday and narrowly missed a third, running his season total to 12, the most in league. Granite also leads the league in putouts, total chances, and sports a fantastic .996 fielding % in CF. List of other things Granite is top three in the league in: H (1st), R (2nd), 3B (2nd), AB (2nd), AVG (3rd), and SB (1st).

Lookouts Game Notes 8/24/16

CHATTANOOGA (30-27, 66-61) vs JACKSONVILLE (28-28, 69-58)

7:05 pm @ Baseball Grounds – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Kohl Stewart (R, 7-6, 3.04) vs. Matt Tomshaw (L, 3-3, 3.71)

Lookouts Game Notes 8-24-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The Lookouts fell 3-2 Tuesday to the Jacksonville Suns, losing a 2-2 tie with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Zach Jones took the loss in his third inning of work, walking for batters in the last inning, allowing the Suns to score and even the series at one. Aaron Slegers started on the mound and picked up a quality start with 6.1 innings of two run ball. Slegers walked two, struck out three and gave up seven hits. Chattanooga’s offense managed just six total hits and only one for extra bases. Engelb Vielma and Travis Harrison were the only batters with more than one hit (both finishing with two).

Decisions, Decisions: RHP Kohl Stewart has received a decision in every game since his Lookouts debut, earning his seventh win Friday, with eight one-run innings (7-6). Stewart is 5-2 in his last seven starts with a 2.08 ERA in 43.2 innings pitched during that stretch.

Caught Ya: Stuart Turner gunned down another runner in the Tuesday’s game to raise his caught stealing percentage to .421 (16-for-38) on the year, best in the Southern League. Chattanooga leads the league as a team in CS% as well with a .450 figure (41-for-91).

Pitcher of the Week: Stephen Gonsalves earned Southern League pitcher of the week honors for 8/15-22 after throwing six dominant no-hit innings Wednesday against Montgomery.

Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 78 batters in 65.2 innings pitched across 11 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 6 in a quality start Monday. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 57 innings with 24 hits and seven runs allowed in eight starts since, with a 1.10 ERA during that span. Southern League batters are hitting just .163 against Stephen in 221 total AB. Gonsalves has allowed just one earned run since July 30th (27 IP since).

How May I Assist You?: Zach Granite picked up another two outfield assists Sunday and narrowly missed a third, running his season total to 12, the most in league. Granite also leads the league in putouts, total chances, and sports a fantastic .996 fielding % in CF. List of other things Granite is top three in the league in: H (1st), R (2nd), 3B (2nd), AB (2nd), AVG (3rd), and SB (1st).

Three Stars of the Series: 8/17-21

The Lookouts came up huge in their last series, beating the Montgomery Biscuits three games to two and taking a one game lead in the playoff race between the two teams. Let’s take a look at the three biggest performances in the series that put the Lookouts in control of their own playoff destiny with fourteen games to play in the 2016 regular season.

ThreeStars 8-22-16

Third Star – Ryan Eades

Eades began the 2016 season as one of the Lookouts five starters but got reassigned to bullpen duty when the Twins assigned a trio of young arms to the Lookouts rotation early in the second half. Ryan showed that perhaps he’s worthy of a return to starting in a spot start assignment against the Biscuits Saturday. The righty went six innings while allowing just two base runners (one hit, one walk) and no runs while striking out four. Eades is 1-0 with 11.2 innings without an earned run surrendered in August with a 15/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Second Star – Kohl Stewart

Kohl Stewart showed signs of progression in the Southern League yet again with a strong eight inning outing against Montgomery. The Native-Texan surrendered a lone run on five hits and struck out five batters to improve to 7-6. Stewart has gotten improved results in his latest starts going 5-2 in his last seen with a 2.08 ERA in 43.2 innings during that span.

First Star – Stephen Gonsalves

Stephen Gonsalves’ impressive start to Double-A ball in the second half of the season cannot be overstated so far. The lefty dazzled in the game opener against the Biscuits carrying a no-hitter through six innings before being pulled because of an elevated pitch count. He has K’ed 78 batters in 65.2 innings pitched across 11 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 6 in a quality start Monday, allowed just one earned run in his last 27 innings pitched, and has held Southern League batters to a .163 average in 221 total at bats.

 

Lookouts Game Notes 8/22/16

CHATTANOOGA (29-26, 65-60) vs JACKSONVILLE (28-27, 69-56)

7:05 pm @ Baseball Grounds – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Stephen Gonsalves (L, 6-1, 1.81) vs. Chris Mazza (R, 5-4, 3.74)

Lookouts Game Notes 8-22-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The Lookouts dropped the season finale with Montgomery 2-0 Sunday afternoon. The loss lowered Chattanooga’s overall standings lead (the determining playoff factor if Jackson wins both halves in the North Division) to just one game. Felix Jorge went eight innings and allowed just two runs, but did surrender 10 hits with only one strikeout, falling to 1-4 on the season. Luke Bard threw a scoreless ninth to close out the game. Zach Granite and Travis Harrison had the only two hits for the Lookouts offense.

Pitcher of the Week: Stephen Gonsalves earned Southern League pitcher of the week honors for 8/15-22 after throwing six dominant no-hit innings Wednesday against Montgomery.

Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 72 batters in 59.2 innings pitched across 10 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 9 in six no-hit innings Wednesday. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 51 innings with 22 hits and six runs allowed in seven starts since, with a 1.06 ERA during that span. Southern League batters are hitting just .168 against Stephen in 202 total AB. Gonsalves has not allowed an earned run since July 30th (21 IP since).

How May I Assist You?: Zach Granite picked up another two outfield assists Sunday and narrowly missed a third, running his season total to 12, the most in league. Granite also leads the league in putouts, total chances, and sports a fantastic .996 fielding % in CF. List of other things Granite is top three in the league in: H (2nd), R (2nd), 3B (2nd), AB (2nd), AVG (3rd), and SB (T1st).

Caught Ya: Stuart Turner gunned down another runner in the Saturday’s game to raise his caught stealing percentage to .405 (15-for-37) on the year, best in the Southern League. Chattanooga leads the league as a team in CS% as well with a .444 figure (40-for-90).

Welcome Home: Since being returned to the Twins organization when the Brewers forfeited their Rule 5 pick of Zack Jones, Jones has been lights out. He’s allowed just five runs in 26.2 innings for a 1.69 ERA. Jones earned his fifth hold of the year with two solid innings Saturday.

Lookouts Game Notes 8/18/16

CHATTANOOGA (27-24, 63-58) vs MONTGOMERY (28-23, 62-59)

7:15 pm @ AT&T Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Aaron Slegers (R, 9-6, 3.46) vs. Chih-Wei Hu (R, 5-8, 2.79)

Lookouts Game Notes 8-18-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: Stephen Gonsalves dazzled on the mound in a 6-3 win over the Biscuits Wednesday. The LHP threw six no-hit innings with nine punch outs and two walks. An elevated pitch count was the only thing that could slow down Gonsalves, as he was pulled after 105 pitches in his six innings of work. Zack Jones earned his first 2016 save with the Lookouts with two shutout innings pitched. Ryan Walker and TJ White both finished with multi-hit nights with Walker scoring and walking once while White drove in two and scored once.

Roster Shuffling: In another flurry of roster moves, the Lookouts bullpen shuffled with Mason Melotakis heading to the DL and Alan Busenitz called up to Triple-A Rochester. Omar Bencomo returns to Chattanooga after just one start in Rochester and Todd Van Steensel will make his debut with the Lookouts, being called up from Ft. Myers.

Playoff Implications: Montgomery and Chattanooga enter this series tied at 2nd overall and tied for the 2nd half playoff spot in the North Division since Jackson leads the division again. The five game set offers a chance for either team to pull ahead in the playoff race.

Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 72 batters in 59.2 innings pitched across 10 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 9 in six no-hit innings Wednesday. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 51 innings with 22 hits and six runs allowed in seven starts since, with a 1.06 ERA during that span. Southern League batters are hitting just .168 against Stephen in 202 total AB.

Stepping Up: In the six games since Mitch Garver was called up, Stuart Turner is batting .522 (12-for-23) with five doubles, five runs scored, five driven in, with two walks and four strikeouts. Turner’s hitting .333 in August and .287 in the second half.

Decisions, Decisions: RHP Kohl Stewart has received a decision in every game since his Lookouts debut, earning his sixth win Saturday (6-5). Stewart is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 1.74 ERA in 31 innings pitched during that stretch.

Season Series Sweep: With Sunday’s victory, the Lookouts cemented that their 2016 season will end without having lost a series to the Barons. Chattanooga is 13-6 against Birmingham going into the two teams’ last meeting of the year and the Lookouts have won every series the squads have played.

Lookouts Game Notes 8/17/16

CHATTANOOGA (26-24, 62-58) vs MONTGOMERY (28-22, 62-58)

7:15 pm @ AT&T Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Stephen Gonsalves (L, 5-1, 2.01) vs. Taylor Guerrieri (R, 12-5, 3.92)

Lookouts Game Notes 8-17-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The Lookouts won 5-2 in their final game against the Barons in 2016. Felix Jorge earned his first Southern League win with six innings of two run ball. Jorge also struck out six and walked two to improve to 1-2. Alan Busenitz preserved his spotless ERA since being traded to the Twins with two shutout innings and Raul Fernandez picked up his first save with the Lookouts. Stuart Turner (3-for-4) and Levi Michael (2-for-4 R RBI) both finished with multiple hits at the plate for Chattanooga.

Playoff Implications: Montgomery and Chattanooga enter this series tied at 2nd overall and tied for the 2nd half playoff spot in the North Division since Jackson leads the division again. The five game set offers a chance for either team to pull ahead in the playoff race.

Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 63 batters in 53.2 innings pitched across nine starts for the Lookouts. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 45 innings with 22 hits and six runs allowed in six starts since. Southern League batters are hitting just .186 against Stephen in 183 total AB.

Stepping Up: In the five games since Mitch Garver was called up, Stuart Turner is batting .579 (11-for-19) with five doubles, four runs scored, five driven in, with two walks and four strikeouts. Turner’s hitting .344 in August and .288 in the second half, 50 points higher than his current season average.

Roster Shuffling: In the last week, the Lookouts roster has seen numerous players called-up to Triple-A Rochester. Mitch Garver, Leo Reginatto, David Hurlbut, Omar Bencomo, Jake Reed and now Heiker Meneses have all gotten promotions to the Red Wings, while TJ White, Tanner Witt and Luke Bard have been added to the roster. The current Lookouts roster has just 23 active players on it.

Decisions, Decisions: RHP Kohl Stewart has received a decision in every game since his Lookouts debut, earning his sixth win Saturday (6-5). Stewart is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 1.74 ERA in 31 innings pitched during that stretch.

Season Series Sweep: With Sunday’s victory, the Lookouts cemented that their 2016 season will end without having lost a series to the Barons. Chattanooga is 13-6 against Birmingham going into the two teams’ last meeting of the year and the Lookouts have won every series the squads have played.

Behind Enemy Lines: Montgomery Biscuits 8/17-21

The Montgomery Biscuits come to town tomorrow for a crucial match-up between the top two teams vying for the second half playoff spot in the Southern League North Division. The Lookouts and the Biscuits enter Wednesday’s game tied for a trip to the playoffs and a first round match-up with the Jackson Generals. Learn more about Chattanooga’s opponent before the most important series of the year thus far in this week’s Behind Enemy Lines with All Aboard.

Behind Enemy Lines

Team, Record (Affiliate): Montgomery Biscuits, 28-22 in 2nd half, 62-58 overall (Tampa Bay Rays)

Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:

Wednesday, August 17th 7:15 EST Stephen Gonsalves (L, 5-1, 2.01) vs Taylor Guerrieri (R, 12-5, 3.92)

Thursday, August 18th 7:15 EST Aaron Slegers (R, 9-6, 3.46) vs Chih-Wei Hu (R, 5-8, 2.79)

Friday, August 19th 7:15 EST Kohl Stewart (R, 6-6, 3.25) vs Brent Honeywell (R, 2-1, 2.45)

Saturday, August 20th 7:15 EST TBD vs Chris Kirsch (L, 6-6, 3.49)

Sunday, August 21st 2:15 EST TBD vs Hunter Wood (R, 4-2, 4.09)                         

Biscuits Team Leaders:

BATTING NAME/# PITCHING NAME/#
AVG OF Jake Bauers (.284) W SP Taylor Guerrieri (12)
R SS Willy Adames (80) SV RP Kyle Winkler (7)
HR OF Jake Bauers (13) SO SP Chris Kirsch (96)
RBI OF Jake Bauers (67) ERA SP Chih-Wei Hu (2.79)
SB LFGranden Goetzman(19) WHIP SP Chih-Wei Hu (1.17)

Top Performers, CHA vs MTG in 2016

Chattanooga: Zach Granite – .282, 11-for-39, 2-2B, 7 R, 2 RBI in 9G

Aaron Slegers – 2-0, 1.26 ERA, 14.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 K, .174 BAA in 2GS

Ryan Eades– 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K, .214 BAA in 2GS

Montgomery: Granden Goetzman – .375, 6-for-16, 2B, 3B, 1 R, 3 RBI in 4G

Kean Wong – .343, 12-for-35, 2-2B, HR, 5 R, 6 RBI in 9G

Taylor Guerrieri – 2-0, 2.45 ERA, 11 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 K, .231 BAA in 2GS

Chih-Wei Hu – 1-1, 0.00 ERA, 11 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 8 K, .179 BAA in 2GS

Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):

SS Willy Adames, Rank – #1 in system, #24 in Top 100, #10 in Top 10 SS Prospects

2016 stats – .272AVG, 112H-412AB, 80R, 50RBI, 28-2B, 5-3B, 11HR, .375OBP, .444SLG

Adames signed with the Detroit Tigers as a seventeen year old out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, and after debuting as the youngest everyday player in the Midwest League (18 years old when he played for West Michigan), found himself as they key return in the David Price to Detroit trade.

Ever since (and even before the trade) Adames has put up strong performances in every league despite being well under the average league player age at each stop. First, he worked his way into the three hole in the lineup for Charlotte in the Florida State League, hitting an admirable .258 with 24 doubles, 6 triples and 4 homers while being a full 3.7 years younger than the average FSL player. Now, Willy has improved on the statistics front while being even further below the average player age (4.1 years younger) in the Southern League. If he keeps his performance, at minimum, the level it is now, it won’t be long before he’s younger than the average player in the International League patrolling the left side of the infield for the Durham Bulls.

1B/OF Jake Bauers, Rank – #3 in system, #84 in Top 100

2016 stats – .282AVG, 120H-426AB, 69R, 67RBI, 24-2Bs, 13HR, 61BB, 75K, .372OBP, .434SLG

Jake Bauers is another example, like Adames, of a top Rays prospect acquired via trade. Bauers came over from the Padres system in the Wil Myers swap, and almost instantly spiked in the power department. After finishing with 18 doubles and 8 home runs in his last full season in the San Diego farm system, Bauers broke out across two levels for Rays farm clubs, hitting 11 long balls and almost doubling his total of two bag hits (18 to 32). He hit .272 combined for Charlotte and Montgomery that year, with a respectable .342 OBP and .418 SLG. Scouts like the hit tool from the left side of the plate, but the Rays will continue to monitor how his power develops, as that category will go a long way toward defining the kind of player Bauers can be long term. This year he’s has 24 doubles and set a career high with 13 homers, including one off the Lookouts.

Three Stars of the Series:8/11-15

The Lookouts put the finishing touches on a dominant season series against the Birmingham Barons, Monday, winning 5-2. The victory moved Chattanooga to 14-6 against Birmingham in 2016, with series wins in all four five game sets. Let’s take a look at the top performances that put the icing on the cake for the Lookouts in Birmingham this past week.

ThreeStars 8-16-16

Third Star – Aaron Slegers

Aaron Slegers improved to 9-6 on the season with a strong outing and a win on Saturday. The righty threw seven innings, allowing just six hits and a run while striking out five and walking none. After his latest start and David Hurlbut’s call-up to Triple-A, Slegers leads the Lookouts in games started (21), innings pitched (119.2), strikeouts (85) and wins (nine).

Second Star – Stephen Gonsalves

One of the Lookouts youngest pitchers continued to be their most dominant when Stephen Gonsalves started and finished the series opener, Thursday. Gonsalves threw a nine-inning complete game with just three hits and one unearned run surrendered. He also struck out eight raising his K totals to 63 in 53.2 innings pitched or a 10.6 strikeouts-per-nine innings. Gonsalves earned his fifth win with his latest gem (5-1) and lowered his Southern League batting average against to .186.

First Star – Stuart Turner

Turner is renown for his talent behind the plate, even getting voted the best defensive catcher in the Southern League by Baseball America this year, but it’s at the plate where he really stood out this series. Stuart went 10-for-16 (.625) with five doubles against the Barons with four runs and five driven in. The performance raised his season batting average by 25 points and his slugging percentage by 37. His .579 batting average since fellow backstop Mitch Garver was called up August 9th has been huge for a Lookouts team left with a lot of questions on offense without Garver’s 60+ RBI or Daniel Palka’s power (both now in Triple-A Rochester).

Honorable Mention: Zach Granite had just six hits against the Barons but half of them were triples and all six did damage on the scoreboard, as the speedy centerfielder drove in seven and scored four times himself. He also stole four bases in Birmingham to raise his season total to 43, just one off the Southern League lead.

Lookouts Game Notes 8/15/16

CHATTANOOGA (25-24, 61-58) vs BIRMINGHAM (18-31, 47-72)

8:05 pm @ Regions Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Felix Jorge (R, 0-3, 5.06) vs. James Dykstra (R, 4-6, 5.70)

Lookouts Game Notes 8-15-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The Lookouts clinched a series win against the Barons with an 8-3 win Sunday. Ryan Eades made a spot start and performed admirably, going 3.2 innings with four hits and one unearned run allowed, with a walk and seven strikeouts. Brandon Peterson earned his first win of the season with 1.1 scoreless innings followed by Zack Jones earning a hold with two scoreless frames. Heiker Meneses and TJ White both finished with three hits while Shannon Wilkerson and Ryan Walker both finished with two.

Roster Shuffling: In the last week, the Lookouts roster has seen numerous players called-up to Triple-A Rochester. Mitch Garver, Leo Reginatto, David Hurlbut, Omar Bencomo, Jake Reed and now Heiker Meneses have all gotten promotions to the Red Wings, while TJ White and Luke Bard have been added to the roster. The current Lookouts roster has just 22 active players on it.

Season Series Sweep: With Sunday’s victory, the Lookouts cemented that their 2016 season will end without having lost a series to the Barons. Chattanooga is 13-6 against Birmingham going into the two teams’ last meeting of the year and the Lookouts have won every series the squads have played.

Stepping Up: In the four games since Mitch Garver was called up, Stuart Turner is batting .533 (8-for-15) with three doubles, four runs scored, five driven in, with two walks and three strikeouts. Turner’s hitting .286 in August and .272 in the second half, 40 points higher than his current season average.

Decisions, Decisions: RHP Kohl Stewart has received a decision in every game since his Lookouts debut, earning his sixth win Saturday (6-5). Stewart is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 1.74 ERA in 31 innings pitched during that stretch.

Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 63 batters in 53.2 innings pitched across nine starts for the Lookouts. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 45 innings with 22 hits and six runs allowed in six starts since. Southern League batters are hitting just .186 against Stephen in 183 total AB.

Innings-Eater: David Hurlbut, last Monday’s starter, has gone six or more innings in 15 of his last 17 starts. The LHP is averaging 5.9 innings per start (136/23 GS) and leads the Southern League in frames thrown. His 136 innings pitched is the highest total of his career.

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