Three Stars of the Series: 8/17-21
The Lookouts came up huge in their last series, beating the Montgomery Biscuits three games to two and taking a one game lead in the playoff race between the two teams. Let’s take a look at the three biggest performances in the series that put the Lookouts in control of their own playoff destiny with fourteen games to play in the 2016 regular season.
Third Star – Ryan Eades
Eades began the 2016 season as one of the Lookouts five starters but got reassigned to bullpen duty when the Twins assigned a trio of young arms to the Lookouts rotation early in the second half. Ryan showed that perhaps he’s worthy of a return to starting in a spot start assignment against the Biscuits Saturday. The righty went six innings while allowing just two base runners (one hit, one walk) and no runs while striking out four. Eades is 1-0 with 11.2 innings without an earned run surrendered in August with a 15/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Second Star – Kohl Stewart
Kohl Stewart showed signs of progression in the Southern League yet again with a strong eight inning outing against Montgomery. The Native-Texan surrendered a lone run on five hits and struck out five batters to improve to 7-6. Stewart has gotten improved results in his latest starts going 5-2 in his last seen with a 2.08 ERA in 43.2 innings during that span.
First Star – Stephen Gonsalves
Stephen Gonsalves’ impressive start to Double-A ball in the second half of the season cannot be overstated so far. The lefty dazzled in the game opener against the Biscuits carrying a no-hitter through six innings before being pulled because of an elevated pitch count. He has K’ed 78 batters in 65.2 innings pitched across 11 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 6 in a quality start Monday, allowed just one earned run in his last 27 innings pitched, and has held Southern League batters to a .163 average in 221 total at bats.