Lookouts Game Notes 4/19/16
C Stuart Turner continued his hot start to the season with a 2R HR in the eighth inning last night! Check out this and other notes for today’s game against the Mississippi Braves.
News & Notes
Last Time Out: An 8th inning HR by C Stuart Turner wasn’t enough to put the Lookouts back in the lead as they dropped game two against the Braves, 5-3. SP DJ Baxendale was the tough luck loser as he picked up his second loss despite a 6 inning 2R quality start. Baxendale also struck out 6, the most by a Lookouts starter in one game so far in 2016. Turner’s 2R shot in the eighth couldn’t save the day after Brandon Peterson gave up 3Rs in the seventh, and the Lookouts couldn’t muster up any offense in the ninth after a scoreless inning of relief by Brett Lee. DH Mitch Garver drove in the only other run (his fourth of the season) for Chattanooga.
Rally Runs: After scoring a pair of late inning runs last night, Chattanooga’s scoring continued to do much of its scoring towards the end of the game. The two runs from Turner’s HR were the 22nd and 23rd runs this year scored in the seventh inning or later by Chattanooga, which accounts for 45% of the teams scoring on the season.
No Signs of Slowing: Stuart Turner was rated as one of the best defensive catcher’s in the Twins organization last year, but this season his offense has been just as remarkable. Turner hit is first HR of the season last night, and is hitting .360 across eight games with four extra-base hits, six runs scored, six runs driven in and just five strikeouts compared to three walks.
Tough Luck at the Top: SPs Jason Wheeler and DJ Baxendale are now a combined 1-3 this season after Baxendale’s loss last night. The poor record comes despite the two sporting 2.65 and 3.18 ERAs respectively. Both pitchers have thrown 17 innings across three starts each, while walking just 3 hitters total (2 by Wheeler, 1 by Baxendale, both among the top 5 in lowest BB/9 IP ratio).