Lookouts Game Notes 4/28/16
Daniel Palka put on an epic performance in the series against Birmingham. Read more about that and all the other game notes for today’s series opener against the Montgomery Biscuits below. First pitch is at 7:15!
News & Notes
Last Time Out: RF Daniel Palka powered the Lookouts to their first series win with a grand slam, four RBI and two runs in a 10-7 win against the Barons, Tuesday. Palka finished 3-for-4 with a double as well, while four other Lookouts finished with multiple hits including Leo Reginatto’s four hit day. SP Ryan Eades continued a rocky start to the season, making it through just 3.1 innings while allowing nine hits and six runs (all earned). The bullpen rose to the occasion though with Corey Williams earning the win with 2.2 innings of one run ball, and Mike Strong, Jake Reed and JT Chargois all contributing scoreless outings. Chargois picked up his third save and moved to a perfect 23-for-23 in save opportunities throughout his minor league career.
Daniel Palka, Man on Fire: With another three hits, including a grand slam and a double, Daniel Palka took a white hot series and made it even hotter. The RF finished the five games against Birmingham 10-for-19 (.526) with 2 home runs, 4 doubles, 5 runs, 8 batted in, 4 walks and only 4 strikeouts. He is now 3rd in the Southern League in hits, RBI and Slugging percentage, 2nd in doubles, home runs and extra base hits, 1st in total bases and in the top 10 in batting average (8th).
Moving Pieces: The Minnesota Twins announced a flurry of roster moves impacting the Lookouts this week. They are as follows: RP Alex Wimmers and SP Jason Wheeler transferred to Triple-A Rochester, RP Brandon Peterson transferred to High-A Ft. Myers and Ps Omar Bencomo, Trevor Hildenberger and Luke Westphal transferred to Double-A Chattanooga.
New Faces: The Lookouts bullpen picked up two new arms Tuesday with the arrival of Trevor Hildenberger and Luke Westphal from Ft. Myers. Hildenberger, Baseball America’s 27th best Twins prospect, had a dominating season closing across two levels in 2015. He was a combined 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA with a Twins minor league-leading 17 saves and a stellar 11.43 strikeout to walk ratio. Westphal had a successful transfer from independent ball to the pros in 2015, going a combined 6-8 with a 2.74 ERA in 29 games, including 17 starts for Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers. The rotation will also have a change in Omar Bencomo coming in for Jason Wheeler. Bencomo was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts for Ft. Myers last year (18 innings pitched).