Lookouts Game Notes 6/16/16
CHATTANOOGA (33-33) vs MONTGOMERY (33-33)
8:05 pm @ Riverwalk Stadium – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Ryan Eades (R, 3-2, 4.15) vs. Chih-Wei Hu (R, 2-3, 2.21)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Chattanooga Lookouts fell 4-2 in the series opener against the Biscuits, evening the season series at 3-3. Starting pitcher DJ Baxendale lasted only three innings and needed 70 pitches to do so. Baxendale allowed 9 hits and three runs. Raul Fernandez did the heavy lifting in the bullpen to save his fellow relief pitchers, throwing three innings with three hits and one run allowed, while Mason Melotakis and Omar Bencomo each threw a scoreless inning to lower their ERAs under 3.00. No Lookouts hitter finished with more than more hit, though Zack Granite and Travis Harrison did each have an RBI and Levi Michael hit his fifth triple of the season.
The Return of Eades: Tonight’s Starter Ryan Eades has been fantastic since returning from the DL to start June 6th against Jacksonville. In two starts since then, Eades has allowed just five hits and one run in 10 innings pitched while walking two and striking out six. Eades had perhaps his best outing of the season Saturday night, throwing six shutout innings with just three hits allowed and five struck out.
Going Streaking: Engelb Vielma went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to ten games, his second streak of that length. Vielma has a hit in every game since returning from Ft. Myers June 6th and is batting .394 (13-for-33) with 2-2B, 3R, 3RBI & 4SB during that stretch.
Zack The Flash: Zack Granite stole his 29th base of the season Monday, good for second in the Southern League. Granite remains on pace for 63 swiped bags, which would rank in the top five single season performances on the base paths in team history. Granite also had his team-leading 23rd multi-hit performance Tuesday and is 13-for-38 with two homeruns, seven runs and six driven in over the last ten days (9 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.
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.
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 Sunday (16 total).