Lookouts Game Notes 5/20/16
Six games in a row with no errors. Defense thy name is Lookouts. Read more in today’s game notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts struck first and second in Thursday’s series opener against the Jackson Generals but fell in the end by a score of 3-2. Chattanooga’s first run came in the opening inning when 1B DJ Hicks drove in Leo Reginatto with a single to centerfield. The Lookouts scored again in the fourth when DH Joe Maloney crossed the plate on a wild pitch. It looked like two runs would be enough with SP DJ Baxendale in control on the mound, retiring eight batters in a row before hitting a speed bump with two outs in the fifth. With one out to go in the home half of the inning, Tim Lopes hit an RBI single, followed by a 2RBI double by Tyler O’Neill, chasing Baxendale from the game after five innings and giving the Generals all the scoring they would need for the win. s both had scoreless outings out of the Lookouts bullpen, while DJ Hicks finished 2-for-4 and Joe Maloney hit his team leading 11th double as the big performers for Chattanooga.
Error Free is the Way to Be: The Lookouts lost their 23rd game yesterday and fell five games under .500 on the season but it is of no fault of their defense. The Lookouts finished their sixth game in a row without an error and currently lead the Southern League in fielding percentage and turned double plays, with a 6-3 and 6-4-3 play bringing the season total to 50 turned double plays.
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. Hicks picked up his eighth RBI and raised his average to .364 against the Generals in 2016 yesterday.
Turning A Corner: Zack Granite, DJ Hicks, and Joe Maloney have all had their struggles for Chattanooga this season, at one point hitting as low as .180, .174 and .175 respectively (through 10 games or more) but all three have caught fire as of late. Granite is 10-for-29 over his last seven appearances scoring four runs with two driven in during that span. Hicks is hitting almost .400 (.395) through his last ten accounting for 11 runs for the Lookouts (8 RBI, 3 R), while Maloney is hitting .474 in his last five games with 6 runs accounted for (3 RBI, 3 R)