Lookouts Game Notes 7/7/16
CHATTANOOGA (8-5, 44-39) vs BIRMINGHAM (6-6, 35-47)
7:15 pm @ AT&T FIELD – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Aaron Slegers (R, 7-4, 3.41) vs. David Holmberg (L, 5-4, 3.71)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: Stephen Gonsalves, Jake Reed and Trevor Hildenberger combined for a three hit shutout Wednesday morning, leading the Lookouts to a 6-0 victory over the Barons. Gonsalves went 6 innings, allowing all three of Birmingham’s hits while striking out and walking five batters. Reed threw two perfect innings with a pair of punch outs and Hildenberger closed the game with another perfect inning and a strikeout. Zack Granite and Mitch Garver both had multi-hit days (2-for-4 and 2-for-5 respectively), while six different Chattanooga players drove in a run.
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.
Moving Parts: The Lookouts gained three new faces and said goodbye to two familiar ones Thursday as Daniel Palka was called up to Rochester and Omar Bencomo was placed on the disabled list to make room for pitchers Tyler Jay and Felix Jorge as well as OF Edgar Corcino. Jay was the number six overall pick in last year’s draft and comes highly touted as the #2 Twins prospect, #52 prospect in the top 100, and #4 of the top ten LHP prospects in all of baseball (per MLBPipeline). Jorge was 9-3 with a 1.55 ERA in 14GS with 11 walks compared to 77K in 93 innings pitched while Corcino was hitting .264 through 73 games.
Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has had some struggles with control and had just one quality start in his three outings with the Lookouts but he shined yesterday, going six shutout innings while striking out five. One thing he has undoubtedly done well is strike batters outs. The LHP has Ked 19 Southern League batters in 14.2 innings pitched.
The Tools of Ignorance: After going 3-for-3 with four runs scored and two driven in with his 8th homer of the season Monday, Lookouts catcher Mitch Garver passed Biloxi’s Jacob Nottingham (7) for most home runs by a Southern League catcher in 2016. Garver was a triple shy of the cycle.
Zack The Flash: With a monster 4-for-5 night at the plate Monday, Zack Granite extended his hitting streak to 15 games, before ending it there Tuesday. Granite hit .363 in June, going hitless just twice in 25 games. He has nine extra base 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 elevated Granite into second in stolen bases (32) and in to the top three in hits (88) and runs (47).
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 3-1.