Lookouts Game Notes 6/23/16
CHATTANOOGA (0-0, 36-34) vs JACKSON (0-0, 46-24)
7:15 pm @ AT&T Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
David Hurlbut (L, 5-3, 3.78) vs. Jordan Pries (R, 4-2, 5.70)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts fell 5-3 in the final game of the first half of 2016 to the Montgomery Biscuits. Starting pitcher Kohl Stewart struggled in his fourth start of the year, allowing eight hits, three walks and five earned runs before getting pulled after 4.1 innings. Corey Williams and Raul Fernandez combined to throw the last 3.2 innings, going scoreless while giving up a pair of hits. Zack Granite and Leo Reginatto were the only Chattanooga hitters with multi-hit performances as they both finished with a pair of hits, while Mitch Garver hit his fifth homerun of the season to do the bulk of the lifting (2RBI, R) for the Lookouts scoring.
Reporting For Duty: DJ Hicks must be ecstatic to start the second half against the Generals, as the big first baseman is hitting .368 with 14 hits, nine runs, 11 RBI, three doubles, four homeruns and four walks against Jackson in ten games this season, good for a .419 OBP and a .763 SLG. Despite Hicks success, the Lookouts are just 3-7 against the Generals who won the North Division in the first half with a 46-24 record.
Error-Free is the Way to Be: The Lookouts finished yet another game without an error and ended the first half as 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 70 games) and turned double plays (85, 13 more than the next closest team).
Closing Time: Trevor Hildenberger was a huge highlight for the Lookouts in the first half and 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 18 straight innings, allowed just eight hits, two walks and has struck out 20 over that span. Hildenberger picked up his 11th Southern League save on June 18th and has converted six opportunities in his last seven 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 represented the Lookouts in Pearl, MS for the 2016 Southern League All Star Game. Palka and Garver both started for the North Division team, while Harrison got a hit after subbing in off the bench. Baxendale and Hildenberger each had scoreless outings.
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 14th Tuesday, while Daniel Palka entered the Southern League All Star break with a league-leading 16 homers. Palka also is just one behind the league lead in RBI. Palka is on pace to beat Walker’s franchise single season HR record by one (31 for Walker, Palka on pace for 32).