Lookouts Game Notes 5/16/16
The Lookouts pitchers haven’t walked anyone in 22 innings. They’ll look to continue the streak tonight at 7:15! Read more in today’s game notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: Starting pitcher Nick Greenwood only allowed one run over eight innings to lead the Lookouts to a 2-1 victory. The win was the team’s third straight, their longest win streak of the year. Greenwood gave up his only run of the game in the third inning on a RBI by Brett Phillips. After that run the lefty only surrendered four hits the rest of the way. With their starting pitcher on cruise control the Lookouts offense provided all the run support he would need in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth the team tied the game up on back-to-back doubles by Daniel Palka and Travis Harrison. An inning later they took the lead on a Joe Maloney RBI single. Lookouts reliever Omar Bencomo took over for Greenwood in the top of the ninth and closed out the win.
Locked In: One day after DJ Baxendale, Corey Williams and Trevor Hildenberger struck out 14 Shuckers without allowing a free pass, Nick Greenwood and Omar Bencomo added to the impressive pitching performance over the last few days with 9 combined innings of one run ball, allowing only 8 hits and walking none. The Lookouts pitching staff has not allowed a walk in 22 straight innings, going back to Ryan Eades start on 5/13 when he walked a Pensacola batter to lead off the top of the fifth.
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. Rodriguez made his debut yesterday, going 0-for-3 at the plate but playing steady behind it.
Firsts: Omar Bencomo closed out yesterday’s game with his first professional save in over 300 innings pitched and 96 games. Bencomo pitched the bottom of the ninth, allowing two hits but making perhaps the play of the game when he picked Jacob Nottingham off of first base with a one run lead and only one out, right before a Victor Roache single that would’ve put the Lookouts in a tight spot.
Palka Power: With a double yesterday, Daniel Palka is hitting .316 over his last five games with four extra base hits (two doubles, two home runs), three runs and five driven in. He’ll look to continue a 6 game hitting streak tonight.