Lookouts Game Notes 8/31/16
CHATTANOOGA (35-29, 71-63) vs MISSISSIPPI (35-28, 69-63)
2:15 pm @ AT&T Field – 96.1 FM The Legend, WWW.LOOKOUTS.COM
Felix Jorge (R, 2-4, 4.17) vs. Lucas Sims (R, 4-4, 2.45)
News & Notes
Last Time Out: The Lookouts fell 6-3 Tuesday evening the series with the M-Braves to two games apiece. Ryan Eades threw a quality start with six innings of two-run ball. Eades walked two and allowed seven hits but struck out seven as well. Luke Bard threw a scoreless outing to send the Lookouts to the ninth with a lead, but Raul Fernandez blew his third save of the year with four runs allowed in the last inning. Tanner Witt led the way for the Lookouts offense with three hits, a run and an RBI while Zach Granite and Edgar Corcino each had a pair of base knocks.
Hey Now, You’re an All-Star: Zach Granite and Daniel Palka were selected as post-season all stars in the Southern League as announced by the league Tuesday. Granite is currently the leader for the league batting title and remains in the top three in several offensive and defensive categories, while hitting .321 in the second half to lead a Lookouts offense depleted by call-ups. Palka left the Southern League two weeks into the second half but was so dominant a power hitter while he was here, he was honored (again, was a first half all star as well) anyway. Palka hit 21 homers with 65 RBI with the Lookouts through July 7.
Zach the Flash Granite: Zach Granite stole his 53rd base of the season Tuesday which moved the speedster into a tie for 4th in the Lookouts single season record book. He passed with Dwight Taylor (1982) and Wally Dashiell (1929) for fifth last weekend and now sits tied with Dee Gordon for fourth (53, 2010).
Playoff Break Down: The Lookouts remain in the hunt for the second half playoff spot in the North Division. Chattanooga would need to take over first place in the second half or, should the Jackson Generals win both halves, finish with the next best overall record. MTG took over first place Monday after sweeping a double header. The Lookouts sit three games back in the half standings and one game behind MTG for second in the overall.
League Leader: Zach Granite leads the league in OF assists, putouts, total chances, and sports a fantastic .996 fielding % in CF. List of other things Granite is top three in the league in: H (1st), R (2nd), 3B (2nd), AB (2nd), AVG (1st), and SB (1st).
Missing Bats: Stephen Gonsalves has K’ed 84 batters in 71.1 innings pitched across 12 starts for the Lookouts, capped by 6 in a quality start Monday. The LHP allowed eight runs in his first two starts lasting just 8.2 combined innings, but has thrown 62.2 innings with 29 hits and seven runs allowed in nine starts since. Southern League batters are hitting just .170 against Stephen in 241 total AB. Gonsalves has allowed just one earned run since July 30th (32.2 IP since).