Lookouts Game Notes 5/5/16
Despite falling to 1-4 last night, SP DJ Baxendale has been consistently solid for the Lookouts this season. Read more about Bax’s 2016 season so far and more below in today’s Game Notes.
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts were shutout last night by six different Bay Bears pitchers, including Charles Brewer who was pitching on a rehab assignment. Chattanooga managed 8 hits throughout the night but were held scoreless largely because of their 14 strikeouts. Only Zack Granite and Leo Reginatto finished the game without striking out. DJ Baxendale took the loss despite throwing a complete game and allowing just 4 hits. The first of the four, a leadoff double by Ildemaro Vargas to start the game, and an RBI groundout by Chad Oberacker proved all the scoring needed for the win in the series opener.
Tough Luck: Though his 1-4 record wouldn’t suggest it, DJ Baxendale has been fantastic for the Lookouts this season. His 2.92 ERA, 30 strikeouts compared to just six walks, and four quality starts through six games suggest a pitcher deserving of a much better record, especially considering he has allowed more than three runs just once this season. Last night’s loss despite throwing a complete game (8 innings) while allowing just one run on only four hits is the latest example of Baxendale’s tough luck in the win-loss column.
Moving Pieces: The Minnesota 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. Walker was hitting .262 with two doubles, four RBI, 10 walks and 20 strikeouts through 24 games with Ft. Myers before the call-up Wednesday.
Catching Fire: 3B/SS Leo Reginatto has been a hitting machine over the last ten Lookouts games. In 9 starts during that span, Reginatto is 13-for-31 (.419) with two runs scored and five driven in. Over that ten game span, Reginatto has raised his average from .228 on April 22nd to a much more respectable .295 today.
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.