Three Stars of the Series: 7/14-18
10 straight series. That’s how many consecutive series victories the Lookouts have. They haven’t lost a five game set in two months, after winning a pitcher’s duel rubber match against the Mobile Bay Bears 3-1 yesterday. Let’s take a look at the top Lookouts’ performances that led to the wins this week in Three Stars of the Series.
Third Star – Mitch Garver
Garver has been a force behind the plate and at it all year for the Lookouts. Mitch caught two runners stealing in the final game of the series, a feat that looks even more key with the Lookouts sneaking out a two run win. The pair of caught runners raised Garver’s caught stealing rate to 51.4% of all attempted base-stealers. Perhaps equally impressive were Garver’s numbers at the plate during the series and over the year driving runners in. Mitch plated nine runners in the five Mobile games, raising his total to 57 on the year, good for third in the Southern League. Garver has shown clutch hitting to be a strength with a .358 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Second Star – Stephen Gonsalves
Stephen Gonsalves hasn’t seemed intimidated by his promotion to Double-A in the slightest, perhaps even doing some intimidating of his own through five starts. The lefty is 3-1 in five outings with a 2.93 ERA after an impressive seven inning effort Monday in the rubber match of the series. Gonsalves allowed just two hits and a lone run while striking out nine to lead the Lookouts to a win, though he didn’t receive a decision for his efforts. The nine punch-outs raised Gonsalves numbers to 39 K’s through 27.2 innings, or a rate of 1.4 strikeouts-per-inning-pitched.
First Star – Trevor Hildenberger
Trevor Hildenberger’s performance this season can not be over-praised, as his numbers read like someone playing a video game on a cake-walk difficulty setting. The closer has been unbelievable for the Lookouts this season with only three runs in 34 innings pitched, a .161 batting average against, a 0.79 ERA, 16 saves in 17 opportunities, and a 39/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Hildenberger’s season dominance showed against the Bay Bears as he went a perfect 3-for-3 in save situations, allowed just three hits, walked no one and struck out four in three innings and games against Mobile.