Lookouts Game Notes 5/6/15
It would be much easier to list the offensive categories Daniel Palka doesn’t lead the team in then the ones he does. Even so, we took a shot at it below! This and more in today’s game notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts found themselves down 5-1 after five innings, but kept grinding offensively while Mike Strong and Mason Melotakis kept the score with scoreless outings out of the bullpen. Soon enough, Chattanooga tied the game 5-5 after a 2 run HR by Daniel Palka in the 6th and an RBI single by Mitch Garver in the 8th. The excitement was short lived, however, as Mobile’s Ronnie Freeman led off the bottom of the 9th with a game-winning long ball, his second of the game. The winning run came off of Trevor Hildenberger (0-1) while the first five were all allowed by SP David Hurlbut (5 IP, 9 H, 3 K).
Feelin’ Good: Bullpen arms Mike Strong and Mason Melotakis have both had much improved stat lines since returning from stints on the disabled list. Strong has pitched in four games, allowing only two runs in five innings of work (both in the same game) while striking out three and walking none. Melotakis has thrown three scoreless outings while punching out two and offering up no free passes.
Moving Pieces: The Minnesota Twins placed RP Nick Burdi on the DL yesterday with bone bruising on his throwing arm (has yet to be replaced). The Twins also 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. Walker made his Lookouts debut last night, going 0-for-4.
Palka Power: Lookouts RF and occasional DH/1B Daniel Palka continued his terrific season with a 2-for-4 day including his fourth homerun of 2016. Since starting the season 0-for-5, Palka is hitting .337 with 17 RBI and leads Chattanooga in nearly every offensive category including batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, runs batted in, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage while being among the Southern League leaders in a number of those categories as well (see league leaders section).