Lookouts Game Notes 5/31/16
CHATTANOOGA (22-28) vs BIRMINGHAM (22-28)
8:15 pm @ Regions Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
DJ Baxendale (R, 4-5, 3.06) vs. Tyler Danish (R, 3-5, 4.08)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts drew six walks, but only managed four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Tennessee Smokies in front of a crowd of 5,356 fans at AT&T Field. Tennessee starting pitcher Brad Markey was lights out early for the Smokies, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. The starter finished the night surrendering two hits and one run on his way to his fifth win of the season. Lookouts starter Omar Bencomo allowed three runs on the night, but still recorded a quality start of six innings with only one walk and a strikeout. In the seventh Mike Strong relieved Bencomo and pitched a scoreless inning. Luke Bard entered the game after that and gave up two runs in two innings. Chattanooga’s only run of the day came in the fifth inning on a Ryan Walker RBI single. Walker is now hitting .339 on the season and has seven hits in his last 15 at-bats. Despite the night’s loss the Lookouts come away with their fourth series win of the season after winning three of the first four games.
Ol’ Dependable: DJ Baxendale has been a steady and solid arm for the Lookouts in their rotation all season. In his last five starts, Baxendale is 3-2 (4 QS), with a 2.79 ERA with just ten earned runs and six walks/23 strikeouts allowed through 32.2 innings. Overall, Baxendale has a 4-5 record with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a .241 batting average against.
Lucky #7: While no official roster move has been announced, the Minnesota Twins informed the Lookouts Monday that #7 (per MLB Pipeline) Twins prospect Kohl Stewart was on his way to the Chattanooga pitching staff. Stewart surpasses bullpen arm Nick Burdi (#8, on DL) as the highest ranked prospect on the Lookouts roster and has put up solid numbers with Ft. Myers this season to justify his ranking. Stewart is 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 9 starts for the Miracle, allowing just 15 earned runs and 39 hits in 51.2 innings pitched. The highly-touted righty was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft and passed up a baseball & football scholarship from Texas A&M to sign w/MIN
Showers brought May Flowers: Four Lookouts hitters enter the last game in May hitting over .300 this month, with three other batters just missing the .300 mark. Zack Granite (.300), DJ Hicks (.319), Joe Maloney (.306) and Ryan Walker (.339) are all over the mark this month, with Travis Harrison (.299), Leo Reginatto (.291) and Mitch Garver (.288) just missing the cut. Granite and Hicks have been particularly impressive this month, with Granite scoring 16 times, going 12-for-14 in stolen base attempts and sporting seven walks compared to just 12 strikeouts in May. Hicks, meanwhile, has 13 runs and 15 driven in, with 13 walks as well.
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 fifth save last night with a perfect bottom of the ninth and is scoreless in his last six outings (9 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 9 K). The righty has used his deceptive delivery (changing arm angles) to keep hitters off balance in the Southern League, allowing just two runs in 15 innings with just a .176 average against.