Lookouts Game Notes 5/4/16
The Lookouts are back in action after a day off. Catch up on all the news and notes in today’s edition of Lookouts Game Notes below.
News & Notes
Last Time Out: Chattanooga secured their second series win of the season Monday night with a 9-6 win of Montgomery after a brief 20-minute rain delay. After the delayed start, the Lookouts offense came out of the gates hot, scoring 4 in the first two innings, before the Biscuits responded with five scores of their own in the middle innings, chasing Lookouts starter Ryan Eades after five innings (4 runs, 3 earned, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts). Bullpen arms Mason Melotakis and Trevor Hildenberger slammed the door shut on the Biscuits offense in the eighth and ninth, and keeping the 5 late runs by the offense enough to win the game. Travis Harrison and Joe Maloney finished as the driving forces of the Chattanooga offense with two RBI and a double each.
Bouncing Back: While the Lookouts currently sit 5.0 games out of first and four games below an even record, Chattanooga has actually played one game over .500 since starting the season 1-5. The team will look to carry over their momentum to the road after a successful 10 game homestand against the Birmingham Barons and Montgomery Biscuits during which the Lookouts went 6-4, won both series and averaged 5 runs a game offensively.
Moving Pieces: The Minnesotta Twins placed Lookouts SS Engelb Vielma on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to May 2nd, while transferring Ft. Myers 2B Ryan Walker to Chattanooga, May 4th.
Heating Up: The last 10 games have been kind to the Lookouts offense as five different players are hitting .300 or higher during that span. The five players include Zack Granite (.300), Travis Harrison (.324), Daniel Palka (.412), Leo Reginatto (.323) and Engelb Vielma (.348). Palka, Harrison and Reginatto have been particularly impressive with Harrison hitting five doubles, driving in seven and scoring as many himself and Reginatto getting home twice with five runs batted in (see below for more on Palka’s recent performance).
Palka, Player of the Week: The Twins named Daniel Palka their minor league player of the week after the RF hit .619 (13-for-21) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 walks, 6 runs scored and 8 batted in over six Lookouts games between April 24th and May 1st.