Lookouts Game Notes 5/10/16
Ryan Walker welcomed himself to AT&T Field with a massive day at the plate. Read more in today’s game notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts offense had been sluggish behind starter DJ Baxendale this season, but that changed in a big way last night, with Chattanooga scoring 12 runs on 17 hits to propel Baxendale to his second win of the season (2-4). C Mitch Garver and 2B Ryan Walker stood out amidst a lineup that featured eight different players with hits. Garver fell a triple short of the cycle while hitting his second HR of the year with two runs scored and four driven in. Walker finished the night a perfect 4-for-4 with a triple, a pair of runs and a trio of runs batted in. Baxendale wasn’t too shabby either on the mound, picking up a QS with 7 innings of three run baseball, allowing just 5 hits and three walks while striking out five. Mason Melotakis and Luke Westphal each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.
Welcome Home: After starting his Double-A career 0-for-6 on the road, Ryan Walker made quite the impression in his AT&T Field debut, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a pair of runs and a trio of runs batted in. His home-road split, while a particularly small sample is reflective of the Lookouts overall, as the team is hitting .266 in 16 home games and just .227 in 15 games on the road.
Heating Up: Leo Reginatto continued his torrid start to May with another 2 hit performance last night, his third multi-hit game in a row. Reginatto’s 2-for-5 evening brings his month totals to a .387 average (12-for-31) with four runs and two driven with only five strikeouts in eight games, while raising his season average to .306, good for 9th in the league.
Must Be Feeling Better: Since returning from the disabled list April 28th after battling a back strain, Mason Melotakis has been much improved statistically. In four games since being reactivated, Melotakis has yet to allow a run or a walk, while striking out three and giving up three hits in four innings pitched. His ERA has fallen over three runs since the day he first got put on the DL (6.75 to 3.38).
April Showers Bring May Flowers: DJ Baxendale’s seven inning quality start continued a vast turn around for the Lookouts starting rotation between April and May. After going 5-9 with a 4.38 ERA in 23 starts in April, the Lookouts rotation is a combined 4-2 with six quality starts over eight total games with a 2.42 ERA and 32Ks/11-BBs while giving up just 43 hits in 52 innings pitched and averaging over six innings a start.