Lookouts Game Notes 6/2/16
CHATTANOOGA (24-28) vs BIRMINGHAM (22-30)
8:05 pm @ Regions Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
David Hurlbut (L, 2-3, 4.89) vs. Carson Fulmer (R, 3-5, 5.87)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The first of two homeruns from Daniel Palka and an RBI double from Levi Michael got the Lookouts off to a big early lead, scoring four runs in the second inning in yesterday’s 7-4 over the Barons. Palka finished 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI while walking once, while Michael also walked on top of his two RBI double. Zack Granite also finished with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Lookouts starting pitcher Nick Greenwood earned his third win in five starts with a seven inning, two-run outing (0BB, 4K), while Trevor Hildenberger picked up his sixth save with a perfect bottom of the ninth.
Palka SMASH: Daniel Palka became the first Lookout to hit multiple home runs in a game this season with his second and ninth inning long balls. He is the first Lookouts player to accomplish the feat since Max Kepler, who hit two on July 30th against Pensacola. Palka is now tied for 6th in all of Double-A baseball in homeruns (9) and RBI (34), and sports a 4th-best-in-the-Southern-League 1HR/20.33AB HR to AB ratio.
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 sixth last night with a perfect ninth and is scoreless in his last eight outings (11 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 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 17 innings with just a .158 average against.
Going Streaking: Leo Reginatto went 1-for-4 with a run and a RBI last night to give him hits in his last ninth games, tied for the second longest streak this season. Engelb Vielma still leads the way despite being sent down to Ft. Myers with his 10 gamer, while DJ Hicks tied for second with a nine game streak. Reginatto passed Joe Maloney at 8 games yesterday.
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.