Lookouts Game Notes 7/4/16

CHATTANOOGA (6-4, 42-38) vs BIRMINGHAM (5-5, 34-46)

6:15 pm @ AT&T FIELD – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM

David Hurlbut (L, 5-3, 3.61) vs. Jordan Guerrero (L, 4-3, 4.07)

Lookouts Game Notes 7-4-16

News & Notes

Last Time Out: The Lookouts pitching staff was terrific in the rubber match of the series against Pensacola, leading Chattanooga to a 5-0 victory. Kohl Stewart began the game on the mound, throwing seven shutout innings while allowing only four hits and striking out seven. Mason Melotakis and Jake Reed threw the eighth and ninth innings respectively with Reed striking out the side to close the game. Ryan Walker led the way at the plate for the Lookouts finishing 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI, while DJ Hicks also finished with a pair of hits.

Streaking: The Lookouts beat the Blue Wahoos in three of five games in their first clash of the second half to clinch their seventh straight series victory. Chattanooga went 17-9 in the month of June, and has started July 2-1.

Quality Work: Aaron Slegers won his fifth straight game and threw his eighth consecutive quality start Saturday night. Slegers is 5-0 with a 2.59 ERA through that stretch and is 7-4 with a 3.41 overall. Slegers also struck out a career high 10 batters last night.

Top Prospects: Daniel Palka and Trevor Hildenberger both entered MLB Pipeline’s top 30 Twins prospects list after an update yesterday. Hildenberger got ranked 24th while Palka, fresh off winning Southern League Player of the Month for June, came in at 27th.

June Wrap-Up: The Lookouts finished June with a 17-9 record, .263 batting average and 2.78 team ERA for the month. The big bats in the month have been Zack Granite (see below), Leo Reginatto (.318) and Daniel Palka. Palka hit three doubles, three triples and 13 homers in 26 June games to score 20 runs, drive in 30, and power a .802 SLG & a 1.174 OPS. Chattanooga had two starters have a phenomenal month with David Hurlbut going 3-1 with a 1.45 ERA in six starts and Aaron Slegers finishing at 4-0 with a 2.16 in five starts. Closer Trevor Hildenberger is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA, 7/8 in save opportunities, 5 hits allowed and a 14-to-1 K to BB ratio in 10.1 innings pitched.

Zack The Flash: With a 1-for-2 night Thursday before leaving the game early, Zack Granite extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Granite hit .363 in June, going hitless just twice in 25 games. He has nine extrabase hits (4-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR), with 18 runs scored and 10 RBI, eight stolen bases, while walking more than he has struck out in those 25 games (9BB/7K). The hot streak has elevated Granite into second in stolen bases (30) and in to the top three in hits (84) and runs (45).

Chicks Dig the Long Ball: Daniel Palka went deep for the 20th time this season Thursday and remains at the top of the southern league in homers and RBI (61). In the month of June the slugger had 13 HRs which is the most in all of MiLB in that span. He’s on pace for 35 home runs and 110 RBI, which would surpass the Lookouts single season home run record set by Adam Brett Walker II.

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