Lookouts Game Notes 5/26/16
Ridiculous home-road splits, a growing hit streak for DJ Hicks and the rise of a new closer all in today’s game notes:
CHATTANOOGA (20-26) vs TENNESSEE (21-25)
7:15 pm @ AT&T FIELD – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Nick Greenwood (L, 2-0, 3.60) vs. Duane Underwood (R, 0-1, 4.91)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts celebrated returning to AT&T Field after a brief road trip to Jackson with a 6-2 win in the series opener against the Tennessee Smokies. Top of the rotation starter DJ Baxendale continued to pitch like someone deserving of said spot with 6.2 innings of two run ball, allowing only four hits without walking a batter. Baxendale earned a quality start and his fourth win of the season. Mason Melotakis and Trevor Hildenberger closed the game out for Baxendale with Melotakis striking out the only batter he faced to end the seventh and Hildenberger earning a two inning save (3 hits, 3 strikeouts). The Lookouts offense did almost all their damage on a trio of triples hit by TJ White, Zack Granite and Daniel Palka, while Ryan Walker and Leo Reginatto both finished with multiple hits.
Going Streaking: DJ Hicks added to what is becoming an impressive hit streak with a 1-for-4 with an RBI day at the plate, Wednesday.. Hicks is in the middle of a eight gamer with four multi-hit games, three doubles and a HR over that span. Hick’s eight games is the longest active streak on the team and tied for second longest for Chattanooga this season, behind Engelb Vielma’s 10 game streak and Joe Maloney’s 8 gamer, which ended Monday against Jackson.
Closing Time: When JT Chargois was called up to AAA Rochester, it left the Lookouts with a hole at closer, but Trevor Hildenberger has wasted no time filling it. Hildenberger earned his fourth save last night and is scoreless in his last four outings (7 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K). The righty has used his deceptive delivery (changing arm angles) to keep hitters off balance in the Southern League, allowing just the earned runs in 13 innings with just a .200 average against.
Home Cooking: With last night’s win, Chattanooga improved to 14-12 at AT&T field this season, compared to 6-14 on the road. The massive disparity in record can be chalked up to an equally split home and road offensive performance. In the home confines, Lookouts hitters are batting a collective .269 and averaging 5.12 runs a game (133 runs in 26 games) with 71 extra base hits and a .387 slugging percentage. Outside of Chattanooga, the Lookouts are managing just 2.85 runs a game (57 runs in 20 games) due to a .222 average and only 22 extra base hits (.275 SLG). Daniel Palka and Ryan Walker have the biggest player splits with Palka hitting .305 at home versus .206 away and Walker with a .441/.176 split.
Momentum Building: Nick Greenwood has been strong since a rocky first impression with the Lookouts, following up his 5 runs allowed debut with two wins in his last two starts, allowing a combined three runs in 15 innings pitched with 12 hits allowed, just one batter walked and six strikeouts.