Lookouts Game Notes 5/13/16
Back-to-back home runs, Ryan Walker loving AT&T Field, and more in today’s Game Notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts and a handful of fans hung on through a brief rain delay to attempt a comeback Thursday night against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, but ultimately fell one run short, losing 5-4 and leaving the tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth. Starting pitcher Aaron Slegers struggled with his command in 4.1 innings of work, walking four and allowing as many runs on six hits, taking his third loss of the season in the process (2-3). The Lookouts cut the deficit to one run with back-to-back HRs by Stuart Turner and Shannon Wilkerson before a fifth Pensacola run in the sixth inning off Mike Strong and a nearly hour and a half long rain delay slowed their momentum. Chattanooga scored another run in the bottom of the ninth but left the tying score at second base.
Back-to-Back: Stuart Turner and Shannon Wilkerson hit back to back homeruns to nearly the exact same spot over the left field wall in the fifth inning of Pensacola starter Nick Travieso, the first time in over a year since the Lookouts accomplished the feat, despite having 30 multi-home run games between yesterday and the start of the 2015 season.
Walker, Chattanooga Ranger: After starting his Double-A career 0-6 in two games on the road, Ryan Walker has seemingly taken quite a liking to AT&T Field, going 8-for-14 (.571) at the plate against Pensacola in his first home series for the Lookouts. His big home stand includes a triple, 4 runs, 5 driven and a walk.
Moving Pieces: C Mitch Garver was placed on the disabled list with a concussion today, while fellow C Jairo Rodriguez was activated on the Lookouts roster for the first time this season. Rodriguez hit .221 in 28 games with Chattanooga last season, with 5 RBI, 8 walks and 15 strikeouts.
Yeoman’s Work: Luke Westphal shouldered the burden of three innings out of the pen after an hour and 26 minute rain delay to near perfection. Westphal allowed just two baserunners (one walk, one hit) while striking out four, giving the Lookouts every chance to tie or win the game at the plate.