Lookouts Game Notes 4/30/16
New Lookouts starting pitcher Omar Bencomo makes his 2016 debut tonight at 7:15!
Read about him and the rest of the game notes below:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts allowed a run each in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings, but managed to shut the door in the 9th and hang on for a 5-4 victory against the Biscuits, Friday night at AT&T Field. SP David Hurlbut bounced back after a couple of rough starts to pitch 6 one-run innings with 6 strikeouts for his second win of the season (2-1 overall). Jake Reed earned his third hold of the season with a one-run inning of work in the 8th and JT Chargois earned a save in the ninth despite an unearned run. Mitch Garver led the pack of Lookouts hitters with a 3-for-5 day with two doubles, a run and a RBI. Joe Maloney and Leo Reginatto also finished with multiple hits (2 a piece, 2 RBI for Reginatto as well).
Debut Day: SP Omar Bencomo makes not only his first start of the year today, but his first in the Southern League. Bencomo spent three years away from professional baseball (other than pitching in the Venezuelan Winter Leagues in 2013-14) before making 13 starts in independent ball and signing with the Twins August 6 of 2015. Bencomo made 3 starts with Ft Myers last year after signing and finished with a 1.50 ERA with 5 strikeouts and 5 walks in 18 innings.
First Impression: Luke Westphal made his Lookouts debut yesterday out of the bullpen in the seventh inning, throwing one inning while allowing two hits and a run with two strikeouts. Westphal was called up April 26th with fellow Ft Myers bullpen arm Trevor Hildenberger who debuted yesterday.
Left Side, Strong Side: Leo Reginatto went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI to continue a hot performance over his last two games while playing both spots on the left side of the IF. Reginatto is hitting .367 (11-30) with 4 runs driven in and 2 scored himself over that span.
Closing Time: JT Chargois may have allowed a run, but it was unearned to lower his ERA on the season to 1.13 and earn his fourth save last night. Chargois is now a perfect 24-for-24 in save opportunities in his MiLB career.