Lookouts Game Notes 4/29/16
News flash for the Southern League: Don’t run on Mitch Garver. The catcher has thrown out 6 of the 8 base runners brash enough to attempt to take an extra base. Read about this and more below in today’s edition of the game notes!
News & Notes
Last Time Out: Not even another perfect day at the plate for one of the most locked in hitters on the planet could give the Lookouts a win, as Chattanooga fell 6-1 against Montgomery. RF Daniel Palka stayed white hot, going 2-for-2 with a walk and a HBP, but the rest of the offense managed just three base runners. SP DJ Baxendale went six innings, but allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks while taking his third loss of the season. Mason Melotakis pitched the seventh to the tune of 1 hit and no runs in his first outing since returning from the DL. Trevor Hildenberger made his southern league debut with two strikeouts in a perfect inning, and Nick Burdi finished the game while allowing a run on two hits as he continues to shake off rust after starting the season injured.
Daniel Palka, Man on Fire II: A 2-for-2 day at the plate while getting on base twice more (BB, HBP) added OBP to the long list of league leading categories Daniel Palka finds his name under, as he raised the stat to .434, good for fourth in the league. Over his last five games, Palka is batting a robust .706 (12-for-17) with 2 HR, 6 runs and 8 RBI.
First Impression: Trevor Hildenberger made a solid first impression with his new Lookouts teammates in his Southern League debut, Thursday. Hildenberger struck out two without allowing a base runner, needing just 12 pitches to get through the eighth inning.
Why Even Try?: Another day behind the dish, another runner caught stealing for C Mitch Garver. Garver has been steady as a rock behind the plate, throwing out six of the eight would-be base stealers that have ran on him, without allowing a passed ball or committing an error this season.
Left Side, Strong Side: Leo Reginatto and Engelb Vielma have represented the left side of the infield well over the last ten games as the pair is hitting .357 and .346 over that span respectively. Reginatto is 10-for-28 with 3 runs scored and 2 driven in, while Vielma is 9-for-26 with 6 runs and 4 RBI, with a 10 game hitting streak coming to an end yesterday.