Lookouts Game Notes 5/18/16
Several Lookouts streaks came to an end Tuesday night but one is still going! Read more below in today’s game notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Biloxi Shuckers scored seven runs over the first three innings on their way to the 9-7 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field. Biloxi’s offense started the game on fire, loading the bases with zero outs. The first run of the game came on a Garrett Cooper groundout. Two more followed on a Nick Ramirez two-run single. The bases became loaded again and the fourth run scored on a hit-by-pitch. The visiting team continued to pile up runs in the subsequent innings, scoring on a two-run homer by Jacob Nottingham in the second and a solo shot by Chris McFarland in the third. The early runs put Chattanooga in a hole, but their offense put up a fight. A leadoff triple by Zack Granite led to the team’s first run of the night as he scored on a Daniel Palka grounder. In the second they cut the deficit to two runs on a Levi Michael RBI and a two-run single by Granite. The fifth run came in the third on a Joe Maloney double. Leading by two the Shuckers put the game away in the seventh by scoring two runs off of Luke Westphal. Chattanooga scored a run in the eighth and one in the ninth, but could not overtake Biloxi. Starting pitcher Aaron Slegers took the loss, but the bullpen combined to only allow two earned runs in five innings.
Error Free is the Way to Be: The Lookouts pitching faltered Tuesday night after a long string of success but the defense remained solid, going error-free for the fourth game in a row while turning three double plays.
Streaks Busted: The Lookouts saw several impressive streaks come to a bitter end in Tuesday night’s loss. Daniel Palka, despite picking up his 25th RBI of the season, went 0-for-5, ending a seven game hitting streak. The Lookouts pitching staff snapped a 32 inning span without allowing a walk in the first inning, and the four game winning streak Chattanooga had accumulated in the final game against Pensacola and the first three games of the Biloxi series came to an end with the 9-7 loss.
Walker, Chattanooga Ranger: INF Ryan Walker may have costed the Lookouts their best shot at a comeback, running into the final out of the eighth inning at second base with a runner on third and one run having scored previously, but has been huge at the plate since getting added to the Lookouts roster when SS Engelb Vielma went on the disabled list, May 2nd. Walker is hitting .429 (12-for-28) with 8 runs scored and 6 driven in over his last nine games.