Lookouts Game Notes 6/8/16
CHATTANOOGA (28-30) vs JACKSONVILLE (26-32)
7:15 pm @ AT&T Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Aaron Slegers (R, 2-4, 3.84) vs. Matt Tomshaw (L, 1-1, 1.80)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts offense was strong and the pitching staff even stronger last night, as Chattanooga won game three of the series 6-1. Lookouts Hitters carved out 11 base knocks and six runs against the Suns, with four players finishing with multi-hit nights. Daniel Palka and Mitch Garver celebrated their Southern League North Division All Star Selections by each going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs while Garver also drove in one. Engelb Vielma had two hits and a stolen base in his return to Chattanooga, and DJ Hicks fashioned three hits of his own to tie Zack Granite for the team lead in multi-hit games (19 each). Starter David Hurlbut and Swing man Omar Bencomo combined to hold the Suns to just one run on seven hits. Hurlbut threw seven innings without a walk and with five strikeouts to earn his fourth win of the year. Bencomo finished the game by allowing only a hit and three walks with four strikeouts in the eighth and ninth innings.
DJ Hicks, Hitting Machine: DJ Hicks led the Lookouts with three hits and an RBI last night, picking up his team-leading (tied with Zack Granite) 19th multi-hit game. Hicks is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a RBI, three walks and four strikeouts so far in June, after batting .333 in 26 games in May with 15 runs scored and 17 driven in.
Hey Now, You’re An All Star: Trevor Hildenberger, DJ Baxendale, Travis Harrison, Daniel Palka, & Mitch Garver were all named Southern League Midseason All Stars yesterday. They’ll represent the Lookouts in Pearl, MIS over the All Star Break June 20-22.
HR Race: This year’s and last year’s Southern League Home Run leaders are in a neck-&-neck battle for the lead in long balls for the Twins organization. Adam Brett Walker hit his 12th of the season last night to tie Daniel Palka. Miguel Sano is in 2nd with 11 but on the Disabled List.
All Good Things Must End: Leo Reginatto’s hitting streak came to an end with a 0-for-4 night at 14 games, the longest streak by a Lookouts player and tied for second longest in the Southern League this season. Engelb Vielma had a ten game streak earlier this season, while Reginatto passed DJ Hick’s nine games Thursday. Reginatto was 22-for-57 (.386) with eight runs and 10 driven in during the streak.
Closing Time: Trevor Hildenberger earned his first Southern League win last night with two 1-2-3 innings with four strikeouts and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 10 outings (14 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 15 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 20 innings (0.90 ERA) with a .164 average against. Hildenberger was named Twins minor league player of the week yesterday and named a Southern League Midseason All Star today.
Moving Pieces: The Twins announced a flurry of moves recently impacting the Lookouts including sending Joe Maloney and TJ White down to High A Ft. Myers with reliever Raul Fernandez and SS Engelb Vielma coming to Chattanooga.