Lookouts Game Notes 7/11/16
CHATTANOOGA (10-7, 46-41) vs TENNESSEE (7-9, 35-51)
7:05 pm @ SMOKIES STADIUM – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Felix Jorge (R, NR) vs. Jen-Ho Tseng (R, 5-3, 2.98)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: Tyler Jay received a no decision in his Lookouts debut, throwing five innings with four runs allowed on six hits and two walks. He also struck out four. Ryan Eades took the loss in his first bullpen appearance despite striking out five in three innings, after allowing the go-ahead solo shot HR to B. Rademacher. Zack Granite, Leo Reginatto and Niko Goodrum all finished with two hits while DJ Hicks drove in a pair of runs in the opening frame of the game with a double. Lookouts fall 5-4 to even the series at one game apiece.
Zack The Flash: Zack Granite returned to the Lookouts lineup after two days off with a 2-for-3 night at the plate to go with a run scored, a run driven in and two walks. That performance elevated Granite to a .524 batting average (11-for-21) in the month of July. In 12 second half games, Granite is hitting .435 with eight runs scored, seven driven in, a homer, twice as many walks as strikeouts (4-2) and two stolen bases.
Vs. Tennessee: After both finishing with a pair of hits Sunday, Zack Granite and Leo Reginatto are hitting .349 and .375 respectively against the Smokies. Granite also has two homers, two triples and a double while driving in six and scoring 10 times himself. Reginatto has five doubles, six runs accounted for (2 scored, 4 RBI) and four walks.
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.
Streaking: The Lookouts clinched a series win against the Barons with their third win in four games. The series victory was the Lookouts eighth straight. Chattanooga went 17-9 in the month of June, and has started July 5-2.
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.
Quality Work: Aaron Slegers won his sixth straight game and threw his ninth consecutive quality start Saturday night. Slegers is 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA through that stretch and is 8-4 with a 3.39 overall.