Three Stars of the Series: 5/25-29
The Lookouts won their fourth series of the season, going 3-2 against the Tennessee Smokies this past weekend at AT&T Field. Let’s look at the three stars of the series that helped lead the Lookouts to victory.
Third Star: RHP Trevor Hildenberger
Trevor Hildenberger has stepped right into the closer role vacated when JT Chargois was called up to AAA Rochester and shined. Against the Smokies, Hildenberger threw four scoreless innings in three appearances, allowing just three hits without a run or a walk. Hildenberger also struck out four batters and picked up two saves in as many chances. Trevor is currently riding a streak of seven appearances without allowing a run.
Second Star: OF Zack Granite
Granite hit .316 in his five games against the Smokies, but had two tremendous moments that stuck out above the decent bating average. The first was when he led off the second game of the series by launching a Duane Underwood Jr. pitch over the right field wall for his first Southern League (second career) home run. The second was Granite’s mammoth performance in game three, when he record four hits, scored twice and stole three bases in a 6-5 11-inning victory.
First Star: OF Travis Harrison
Harrison was only a modest 4-for-19 in the series against Tennessee, but any time you pick up two game winning hits in back-to-back games, you’re going to get some kind of recognition. After starting 0-for-4 with a walk on Friday, May 27th, Harrison erased the rough day with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. He then followed that up by pretty much single-handedly winning the series clinching game the next day, going 2-for-3 with a double, while driving in all three runs Chattanooga scored that day. Having half your hits in a series go for game-winners is good enough to earn the number one star any day.
Honorable Mention: Luke Westphal and Leo Reginatto both garnered consideration for a star, with Westphal earning his second win of the season by throwing two scoreless innings and striking out more batters in that time frame (5K 2IP) than both starting pitchers that day combined (3K 10IP). Reginatto had the best overall hitting performance last series, going 8-for-19 with two doubles, two runs and two driven in, but Harrison’s game winners and Granite’s milestones edged him out of the top three spots in the end.