Lookouts Game Notes 5/23/16
A new pitcher and some solid hitting streaks! Read today’s game notes for more info:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts hitters looked locked in from the start of the game yesterday, as the first three batters reach with two scoring on a DJ Hicks RBI double and back to back singles from Daniel Palka and Joe Maloney leading to a third run and a big early lead. The Generals answered with a run of their own in the first off Lookouts starter Aaron Slegers, before both teams put up zeroes on the scoreboard until the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Tim Lopez singled on a hard hit ball up the middle, tying the game and chasing Slegers out of the contest after six innings pitched, five hits allowed, four walks and eight strikeouts. Jake Reed followed Slegers on the mound for Chattanooga and pitched phenomenally, shutting out the Generals for three innings while striking out five batters. Chattanooga would fall though, in the 11th inning, when Lopes drove in his third run of the game and sent the Lookouts to their 25th loss of the season.
Much Needed Reinforcements: The Lookouts had been playing with only 24 active players since JT Chargois was called up May 10th, but their 25th man has finally been found in the form of relief pitcher Luke Bard, who was transferred to the Chattanooga roster this morning. Bard was 0-1 with a 3.54 ERA over 20.1 innings pitched for Ft. Myers and is 8-2 with a 2.93 ERA in his minor league career. Bard is the brother former Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard, and was a college teammate of fellow Lookouts player Daniel Palka at Georgia Tech.
Reporting For Duty: DJ Hicks has elevated his game to an entirely different level this season when playing Jackson. After going 2-for-4 with two 2Bs last night, Hicks is now batting .382 (13-for-34) in nine games against the Generals, with three 2Bs, nine runs, 11 driven in, four walks compared to eight strikeouts and a 1.259 OPS. All four of Hicks’ HRs this season have come at the Generals expense.
Going Streaking: DJ Hicks and Joe Maloney are both currently riding respectable hit streaks. Hicks is in the middle of a six gamer with four multi-hit games, three doubles and a HR over that span. Maloney has the longest active streak on the team going and second longest of the season, with a .419 average, five doubles, 5 RBI and hits in his last eight games.
Gaining Steam: Ryan Eades will start tonight looking to build on a 1.89 ERA and 2-0 record over his last three starts (19 IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 12K). Eades has thrown 18 innings in three road starts with a 1.00 ERA and a .189 BAA.