Lookouts Game Notes 6/18/16
CHATTANOOGA (35-33) vs MONTGOMERY (33-35)
7:35 pm @ Riverwalk Stadium – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Aaron Slegers (R, 4-4, 3.66) vs. Jake Faria (R, 1-5, 4.14)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Chattanooga Lookouts won their second game in a row with an 8-5 rain-delayed win over Montgomery. Chattanooga lost in the hit column by a significant margin (the Biscuits had twice as many hits, 7 to 14) but had the timely hitting working as they went 4-for-8 with RISP, while Montgomery was 3-for-15. Daniel Palka and Mitch Garver had the best nights at the plate for the Lookouts with two hits apiece while Palka scored twice and drove in two and Garver had four RBI. Starter David Hurlbut was the only Lookouts pitcher with a clean line, going six shutout innings with seven hits allowed and three strikeouts. Omar Bencomo gave up a pair of runs in 1.2 innings, but also earned his third save and struck out four.
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 (just 6 in 68 games) and turned double plays (83, 12 more than the next closest team).
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 Thursday and has converted five opportunities in his last six appearances with a win in the one game without a save.
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).