Lookouts Game Notes 5/14/16
DJ Baxendale takes to the mound tonight with an impressive list of season accolades behind him. Read more in today’s Game Notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Chattanooga Lookouts held the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to just four hits in their 2-1 win in the series finale in front of a crowd of 5,021. Ryan Eades set the tone early for the Lookouts, setting down the first six batters he faced. The righty gave up his first and only run in the third inning and recovered nicely, allowing no hits the rest of the way. With their pitching firing on all cylinders the Lookouts offense didn’t need to do much. They struck first in the opening frame on a Daniel Palka RBI double. The team didn’t score again until the sixth inning when TJ White broke the 1-1 stalemate with a RBI groundout. The 2-1 lead would stand as Mason Melotakis and Jake Reed combined for three shutout innings. Reed closed out the game with two shutout innings to earn his first save of the year.
Big Bad Baxendale: DJ Baxendale takes the mound for the Lookouts tonight, sporting some impressive accolades so far this season. Baxendale is currently tied for the league lead in innings pitched (44.0), in the top 10 in ERA (10th, 2.86), 5th in lowest walks per nine innings (1.84) and 4th in Fewest Baserunners per 9 and WHIP (9.41 and 1.02 respectively). Baxendale’s start will be his first against the Shuckers at AT&T Field since winning the clinching game of the 2015 Southern League Championship Series.
Turning a Corner: While both players season averages are currently in the .230s, Shannon Wilkerson and DJ Hicks are both on the up and up in the month of May. Wilkerson is currently batting .310 (9-for-29) in 8 games this month, with a double and homerun, six runs, four driven in and just two strikeouts. Hicks is hitting .342 in 29 at bats in 10 games with three doubles, four walks, five runs and six RBI.
Moving Pieces: C Mitch Garver was placed on the disabled list with a concussion Friday, 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.