Lookouts Game Notes 6/6/16

CHATTANOOGA (26-30) vs JACKSONVILLE (26-30)

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

Ryan Eades (R, 2-2, 4.93) vs. Jake Esch (R, 6-4, 4.29)

Lookouts Game Notes 6-6-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The late return from Birmingham appeared to take its toll on the Lookouts offense last night as they managed only one run on five hits to open the series against Jacksonville with a 3-1 loss. Leo Reginatto was the only Chattanooga hitter with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 and scoring the lone run, while Zack Granite, Levi Michael and Travis Harrison collecting the other hits. Starting pitcher DJ Baxendale had a solid start allowing only one run on three hits but lasted only five innings, before the Suns scored a pair of runs of Corey Williams. Mike Strong threw two scoreless innings to close out the game, but ended without a decision as the Lookouts couldn’t close the gap on the scoreboard besides the one run in the eighth (Harrison driving in Reginatto).

Going Streaking: Leo Reginatto went 2-for-4 with a run last night to give him hits in his last 13 games, the longest streak by a Lookouts player this season. Engelb Vielma had a ten game streak earlier this season, while Reginatto passed DJ Hick’s nine games Thursday. Reginatto is 19-for-53 (.358) with eight runs and nine driven in during the streak.

The Return of Eades: Ryan Eades returns from the disabled list tonight to start the game on the mound for the Lookouts. Eades is 2-2 with a 4.93 ERA in eight starts (42 IP) overall this season, and was riding an impressive streak of success before getting injured. In his last three starts, Eades was 2-0 with 19 innings pitched, 11 hits allowed, four runs given up (all earned, good for a 1.89 ERA over that stretch), and quality starts in all three games.

Home Run Race: Not only does Daniel Palka lead the Southern League in homeruns, but he also leads the Twins organization. The gap on his statistical lead there shrunk last night, as Rochester leader Adam Brett Walker went deep last night to tie Twins leader Miguel Sano at 11. While Sano is on the DL right now and as such doesn’t prove a threat to Palka’s lead, Byung Ho Park is coming on fast, as he hit his 10th homerun last night.

Zack the Flash: Zack Granite had just one hit in five at bats last night but still has a team leading 18th multi-hit games, his latest being Saturday when he went 2-for-3 with three walks(2nd time Granite has walked three times in a game), a pair of runs and a RBI. Granite is 15-for-44 (.341) with nine runs and three RBI in his last 10 G. He also has 25 swiped bags on the season, good for second in the Southern League, and putting on pace for roughly 63 over the year. Should he reach that total, it would be good for fourth all time on the Lookouts single season records list, behind Donnell Nixon (102 in 1984), Kevin Rhomberg (74 in 1981), Jeff Cox (68 in 1977) and ahead of Dee Gordon who stole 53 bases in 2010.

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 seventh save Saturday with a scoreless bottom of the ninth and hasn’t allowed a run in his last nine outings (12 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 11 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 18 innings with a .180 average against.

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