Lookouts Game Notes 6/13/16
CHATTANOOGA (32-31) vs TENNESSEE (27-36)
7:05 pm @ Smokies Stadium – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Aaron Slegers (R, 3-4, 3.71) vs. Tyler Skulina (R, 3-3, 3.59)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Chattanooga Lookouts winning streak stalled out at 6 games when the fell 5-4 to the Smokies yesterday. Starting pitcher David Hurlbut threw a six inning quality start allowing two earned runs (three total) on nine hits while walking one and striking out two. Omar Bencomo took the loss after giving up two unearned runs on one hit, and Mason Melotakis threw a scoreless eighth inning, lowering his season ERA to 3.00. Daniel Palka (2-for-4 2B HR R 2RBI) continued a torrid power streak by hitting his 16th HR and 9th in the month of June. Shannon Wilkerson also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Levi Michael drove in a run and hit his fourth triple of 2016.
Palka, Player of the Week: Daniel Palka received Southern League Player of the Week honors today after hitting .345 with seven extra-base hits, four HRs, 10 RBI, a .931 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.306 between June 6th and June 12th. Palka is on pace for 35 long balls this season, leads the league in HRs-per-at-bats (1/14.00), and is second in RBI with 50.
Offense Rising: Even after yesterday’s loss, the climb of Chattanooga’s offense has been impressive across the board. Earlier in the season the Lookouts offense was ranked as low as second to last, but has climbed all the way to second in the Southern League with a .256 team batting average, 2nd place rankings in runs (286), HRs (36), 3rd in OBP (.330) and 1st in stolen bases (67).
Zack The Flash: Zack Granite stole his 28th base of the season yesterday, good for second in the Southern League. Granite remains on pace for 62 swiped bags, which would rank in the top five single season performances on the base paths in team history.
Quality Work: Tonight’s starter Aaron Slegers enters the day with four straight quality starts, throwing 25 innings, allowing just 8 runs (7 earned) on 20 hits with 22 strikeouts over those four games.
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 Monday. They’ll represent the Lookouts in Pearl, MIS over the All Star Break June 20-22. Palka will DH and bat clean-up while Garver will start behind the plate in the All Star Game, as announced this morning.
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 13th of the season Tuesday night to move within two of Daniel Palka. Palka took the lead with a pair of homers Thursday (his third multi-HR game of the season), extended the lead with another Friday, and hit yet another homer yesterday (16 total).