Lookouts Game Notes 5/28/16

CHATTANOOGA (21-27) vs TENNESSEE (22-26)

7:15 pm @ AT&T FIELD – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

Aaron Slegers (R, 2-4, 4.21) vs. Tyler Skulina (R, 2-2, 4.14)

News & Notes

Last Time Out: Travis Harrison knocked in Leonardo Reginatto on a RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Lookouts the 6-5 win over the Tennessee Smokies. The extra-inning contest clocked in at 4:12 which is the team’s longest of the season. Hours earlier the Smokies held a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Down a run the Lookouts offense struck a big blow. A single by Zack Granite and two walks loaded the bases for Daniel Palka who hit a mammoth 463 foot grand slam to make it 4-1 Lookouts. The dinger was Palka’s seventh homer of the year and second grand slam.  Tennessee picked up runs in the fourth and fifth before tying the game in the eighth off Mason Melotakis. A scoreless inning from Trevor Hildenberger sent the game to extras, where Luke Westphal dominated the Smokies lineup, allowing just one hit while striking out 5 batters in two innings, setting the table for the Lookouts walk-off in the eleventh.

Going Streaking: DJ Hicks’ hitting streak came to an end at nine games, as he was 0-for-4 last night. Hick’s nine games was 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: Daniel Palka hit his 7th HR of the season with a towering 463 ft shot for a grand slam. Palka hit another grand slam earlier in the season on April 26 in a 10-7 win over the Barons. Palka now leads the entire Twins organization with 31 RBI and is second in the Minnesota minor leagues behind only former Lookout Adam Brett Walker (10 HRs with AAA Rochester).

Zack the Flash: Zack Granite had a humongous day at the plate and on the basepaths last night, stealing three bases and collecting his second 4-hit performance in the last two weeks (4H on 5/14, 5-2 W vs BLX). The four hits bring Granite to a .316 average in May, with 15 runs scored and five driven in this month. He now is second in the Southern League with 21 stolen bases, and leads the entire Twins organization in the same category.

Slamming the Door Shut: Luke Westphal had a huge performance out of the bullpen last night, earning his first Southern League win with two shutout innings. Westphal struck out more batters in two innings (5K) than both teams’ starters combined through 10 innings (2K for Blackburn, 1K for Hurlbut, 5IP each).

Tick Tock: Last night’s 4 hour 16 minute marathon was Chattanooga’s longest game of the year. The next closest was a 3 hour 38 minute contest against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos that went 11 innings, before the Lookouts fell 10-9.

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