Lookouts Game Notes 5/25/16
Chattanooga is back in action tonight against the Smokies! Catch up on all the news, notes and stats in today’s game notes:
News & Notes
Last Time Out: Omar Bencomo did an admirable job making a last-minute start for the Lookouts, going four innings with just four hits and two runs allowed while striking out six, but not much else went right for Chattanooga in their 7-0 loss, Monday. Lookouts hitters managed just six hits, without a walk or a run scored, while striking out eight times. Luke Westphal (1IP, 1K) was the only CHA pitcher to not allow a run, and Zack Granite was the only hitter with multiple hits (2-for-4)
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, Monday 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. Luke made his Lookouts debut the same day he was added to the roster, throwing two innings and allowing five hits and two runs to Jackson in the series finale.
Going Streaking: DJ Hicks is currently riding a respectable hit streak. Hicks is in the middle of a seven gamer with four multi-hit games, three doubles and a HR over that span. Hick’s seven games is the longest active streak on the team and third longest for Chattanooga this season, behind Engelb Vielma’s 10 game streak and Joe Maloney’s 8 gamer, which ended Monday against Jackson.
.300 Club: The Lookouts have four different hitters heating up with the weather in May. Travis Harrison (.324, 18G), DJ Hicks (.342, 20G), Joe Maloney (.308, 17G) and Ryan Walker (.340, 14G) are all hitting over .300 in 14 May games or more, with Zack Granite falling just four points behind at .296 through 19 games.
Ol’ Dependable: DJ Baxendale has been a steady and solid arm for the Lookouts in their rotation all season. In his last four starts, Baxendale is only 2-2, but that’s with a 2.77 ERA with just eight earned runs and six walks/22 strikeouts allowed through 26 innings. Overall, Baxendale has a 3-5 record with a 3.11 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and a .248 batting average against.
Renaissance Man: Omar Bencomo has done a little bit of everything for the Lookouts pitching staff since arriving in Chattanooga, April 27th. Bencomo started his third game on Monday, on very short notice, running his totals as a starter to a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings pitched with five walks and 12 strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, Bencomo has made three appearances with just one earned run allowed in four innings pitched, while also serving as the closer for one of those games, earning his first career save, May 15th against Biloxi.