Lookouts Game Notes 5/19/16
No errors in five games and five players hitting over .300 in May! Read more below in today’s game notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Chattanooga Lookouts fell to the Biloxi Shuckers 5-4 in the series finale at AT&T Field. Biloxi struck quickly in the first inning on a home run by Victor Roache, before the Lookouts answered back in the bottom of the inning, seizing the lead on a DJ Hicks single and a Joe Maloney double. Up 2-1 the Lookouts widened their lead in the third when Zack Granite sped home on another RBI single by Hicks. The two-run lead did not last long as Biloxi tied the game up at three in the fourth. In that frame the Shuckers plated a run on a Nick Ramirez triple. Ramirez then scored on a Tyrone Taylor single. After two scoreless frames Biloxi snatched back the lead with two runs off of Jake Reed. Now trailing, the Lookouts scored one in the bottom of the seventh to decrease the deficit to one. In the ninth the team had runners on second and third, but couldn’t scrape across the tying run. Hobbs Johnson got the win for Shuckers and Tristan Archer earned the save.
Error Free is the Way to Be: The Lookouts lost their 22nd game yesterday and fell four games under .500 on the season but it is of no fault of their defense. The Lookouts finished their fifth game in a row without an error and currently lead the Southern League in fielding percentage and turned double plays, as Ryan Walker and DJ Hicks turned the team’s 48th double play Wednesday.
Vs. Jackson: The Lookouts started their home slate of games in 2016 with a five game series against the Generals in April. The big performers for Chattanooga during that series were DJ Hicks, who hit homeruns in back-to-back-to-back games for the second time in his career, scoring six times and driving in seven in four of the five, and TJ White. White was called up after the series had started but hit 5-for-11 with five runs and two RBI in the final three games.
The .300 Club: Chattanooga’s offense has heated up with the weather in the month of May, averaging 4.2 runs a game (71 scored through 17) and with a team average of .273, built largely on the backs of five players hitting over .300 through 17 games in the month including Zack Granite (.305), Travis Harrison (.357), DJ Hicks (.321), Joe Maloney (.333) and Ryan Walker (.361). While sporting the high averages, all five have put up other solid numbers during May. Granite has scored 10 runs, Harrison has scored eight and walked six times, Hicks has nine RBI and six runs scored, Maloney has hit six doubles, and Walker, freshly called up from Ft. Myers at the beginning of the month has scored eight times with 7RBI.