Lookouts Game Notes 7/14/16
CHATTANOOGA (12-8, 48-42) vs MOBILE (11-9, 43-47)
7:15 pm @ AT&T FIELD – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
David Hurlbut (L, 7-4, 3.28) vs. Ryan Kussmaul (R, 1-0, 6.10)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts offense exploded to lead the team to yet another series victory, their 9th in a row, with an 11-1 win over the Smokies. Chattanooga was driven by a trio of hitters with three hits and another trio with three RBI each. Zack Granite (3-for-5 2R), Niko Goodrum (3-for-5 2R K) and Ryan Walker (3-for-4 3R BB K) went a combined 9-for-14 at the top of the lineup, setting the table for Leo Reginatto, Travis Harrison and Stuart Turner who all drove in three. Turner also hit his 5th homer of the season. Kohl Stewart and Zach Jones were stellar on a night when just okay would have been enough, as Stewart won his third game with seven innings of one run ball, and Zach Jones threw two scoreless.
Mr. 100: Zack Granite took the Southern League lead in hits with a 3-for-5 day yesterday, while also becoming the first SL batter to the 100 hit mark. His .444 July average and .410 second half average has elevated his overall numbers (.311) into the top three batting averages in the league as well.
Streaking: The Lookouts clinched a series win against the Smokies, winning 11-1 in the rubber match. The series victory was the Lookouts ninth straight. Chattanooga’s last series loss was to the Jackson Generals in May.
What-a-Relief: Mason Melotakis threw his 10th straight scoreless outing Monday, striking out his 13th batter over that span in the process, while Zack Jones remains scoreless since returning the Lookouts and Twins organization after the Brewers forfeited his Rule 5-Draft selection, after another two spotless innings yesterday.
POW: Mitch Garver earned Minnesota Twins minor league player of the week honors after going 10-22 (.455) with a homer, four doubles, seven runs scored, five driven in and six drawn walks through six games last week.
Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves improved to 3-1 with the Lookouts, dominant in his last start, going six shutout innings while striking out 11 without a walk. One thing he has undoubtedly done well is strike batters outs. The LHP has Ked 30 Southern League batters in 20.2 innings pitched.
Heating Up: Stuart Turner, while in just a small sample size of seven games, has started to heat up with the weather in July. The catcher hit his fifth homer of the season yesterday and is now batting .375 with three runs scored and 10 driven in this month.
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. He’ll have to wait a bit longer than expected to go for his seventh straight as he was placed on the Disabled List with right biceps tendinitis, retroactive to 7/10