Lookouts Game Notes 6/1/16
CHATTANOOGA (22-28) vs BIRMINGHAM (22-28)
1:30 pm @ Rickwood Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Nick Greenwood (L, 2-1, 4.50) vs. Jordan Guerrero (L, 2-1, 4.50)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts offense did almost all their work in bunches last night, scoring two in the second, four in the fifth, one in the eighth, and three in the ninth to power to a 10-6 win over the Barons last night. Four Lookouts finished with multiple hits including DJ Hicks, Travis Harrison, Leo Reginatto and Stuart Turner. Hicks and Harrison were particularly impressive as both finished with a pair of RBI and combined to cross the plate three times themselves. Starting pitcher DJ Baxendale wasn’t as sharp as he has proven to usually be for Chattanooga, but still earned his fifth win of the season, going 5.1 innings while allowing five runs on 11 hits and striking out two. The bullpen picked him up though as Corey Williams, Mason Melotakis and Trevor Hildenberger allowed only two hits and one run over the last 3.2 innings.
Lucky #7: One day after 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, the official move came through as Luke Bard is headed back to Fort Myers to make room for Stewart. 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 finished May hitting over .300 in the month, with three other batters just missing the .300 mark. Travis Harrison (.308), DJ Hicks (.333), Joe Maloney (.306) and Ryan Walker (.323) are all over the mark this month, with Zack Granite (.292), Leo Reginatto (.296) and Mitch Garver (.286) just missing the cut.
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 pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth last night and is scoreless in his last seven outings (10 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 16 innings with just a .167 average against.
Going Streaking: Leo Reginatto went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI last night to give him hits in his last eight games, tied for the third longest streak this season. Engelb Vielma still leads the way despite being sent down to Ft. Myers with his 10 gamer, while DJ Hicks is in second with a nine game streak. Reginatto is tied with Joe Maloney for third.
Zack the Flash: Zack Granite stole his 22nd base last night through 51 games this season. With 89 to play, Granite is on pace to threaten entry into the Lookouts top 5 single season swiped bags list with Donnell Nixon (102, 1984), Kevin Rhomberg (74, 1981), Jeff Cox (68, 1977) and Dee Gordon (53, 2010) as the record holders in the way.