Lookouts Game Notes 6/17/16
CHATTANOOGA (34-33) vs MONTGOMERY (33-34)
8:05 pm @ Riverwalk Stadium – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
David Hurlbut (L, 4-3, 4.09) vs. Hunter Wood (R, 3-0, 1.10)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Chattanooga Lookouts won quite the pitcher’s duel last night scoring the only run of the game in the second inning to win 1-0 over the Biscuits. Chattanooga starting pitcher Ryan Eades throw seven masterful innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out three. Jake Reed threw a scoreless eighth, while Trevor Hildenberger followed with a perfect ninth inning while striking out a pair. Zack Granite, Daniel Palka, DJ Hicks and Leo Reginatto had the Lookouts four hits, while Travis Harrison was the only player to cross home plate.
The Return of Eades: Last night’s Starter Ryan Eades has been fantastic since returning from the DL to start June 6th against Jacksonville. In three starts since then, Eades has allowed just eight hits and one run in 17 innings pitched while walking three and striking out nine. Eades hasn’t allowed a run in his last 13 innings and is 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA over his three post-DL starts.
Closing Time: Trevor Hildenberger has been absolutely lights out for the Lookouts since getting called up from Ft. Myers, April 26th. He has allowed just two runs all year and is scoreless in 17 straight innings, allowed just eight hits two walks and has struck out 20 over that span. Hildenberger picked up his 10th Southern League save and has converted five opportunities in his last six appearances with a win in the one game without a save.
Error-Free is the Way to Be: The Lookouts finished yet another game without an error and remain the defensive league leaders with the highest fielding percentage (.986) and lowest error total (36). They also lead in fewest passed balls behind the plate and turned double plays.
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).