Lookouts Game Notes 5/27/16
CHATTANOOGA (20-27) vs TENNESSEE (22-25)
7:15 pm @ AT&T FIELD – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
David Hurlbut (L, 2-3, 4.66) vs. Paul Blackburn (R, 3-1, 0.96)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: Thursday night’s contest between the Smokies and Lookouts started about as well as a game can start for Chattanooga, with lead-off hitter Zack Granite hit a homerun to right field, and put the Lookouts up one run through one batter. The Lookouts added a second run in the first when DJ Hicks drove in Ryan Walker with a single. Tennessee roared back with five runs through three innings off starting pitcher Nick Greenwood before a Daniel Palka RBI single made it a 5-3 game at the end of the third. The pitchers for both teams settled in until the bottom of the seventh, when Leo Reginatto drove in a fourth Chattanooga run to bring the game within one score. But the Smokies scored another two off reliever Luke Bard, and while the Lookouts mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, Tennessee held on, catching Reginatto stealing second to end the game at 7-6.
Going Streaking: DJ Hicks added to what is becoming an impressive hit streak with another 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI day at the plate, Thursday. Hicks is in the middle of a nine gamer with four multi-hit games, three doubles and a HR over that span. Hick’s nine games is the longest active streak on the team and second longest for Chattanooga this season, behind Engelb Vielma’s 10 game streak, and passing Joe Maloney’s 8 gamer, which ended Monday against Jackson.
Chicks Dig The Long Ball: Zack Granite put his first Southern League home run over the right field wall at AT&T Field last night to lead off the game. Granite’s home run was just his second professional long ball. He hit his first ever with Fort Myers last year against the Jupiter Hammerheads on May 7th, 2015.
Strong Work: Mike Strong had a rough start to the season, allowing eight runs (all earned) while retiring just two batters in his first two appearances. Despite the rocky beginning, Strong has been performing up to his last name, allowing just four runs over 10 innings (9 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts) including last night’s spotless 9th inning.
The 3s Have It: One night after getting almost all their offense on 3 3Bs, the Lookouts were powered by three hitters having 3H performances. Daniel Palka, Mitch Garver & Leo Reginatto all finished 3-for-5 last night with a run and 4 RBI.
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.