Three Stars of the Series: 8/27-31
While they dropped their final regular season home series three games to two versus the Mississippi Braves, a few Lookouts players put on quite the show in the final five games at AT&T Field. Below are the top three stand outs in this weeks Three Stars of the Series.
Third Star – Stephen Gonsalves
Stephen Gonsalves capped a phenomenal August with his fourth straight and eighth overall victory (8-1) in the series opener Saturday. Gonsalves lasted just 5.2 innings because of a 103 pitch count, but the lefty was strong in those 5.2, allowing just five hits, shutting out the M-Braves and striking out six. The latest win sealed Gonsalves’ August at 4-0 in five starts with an unbelievably dominant 0.28 ERA, .125 batting average against and a 0.75 WHIP, earning him MiLB and Southern League player of the month honors.
Second Star – Randy LeBlanc
LeBlanc was called up to Chattanooga after going 5-7 with a 4.70 ERA in 13 starts for the Fort Myers Miracle to replaced an injured Kohl Stewart, but it was the Cedar Rapids version of LeBlanc (where he went 6-2 with a 0.74 ERA in 9 starts) that showed up to AT&T Field Monday Night. Randy threw seven shutout innings in his first taste of the Southern League, punching out three and surrendering just five hits. The righty got things done by forcing a lot of ground balls and setting up his defense for three double plays.
First Star – Edgar Corcino
The Lookouts offense in the five game series was largely driven by Edgar Corcino, who has caught fire in the last week. Corcino hit .389 (7-for-18) against the M-Braves pitching staff, scoring three runs and driving in five with two doubles and a triple. The outfielder struck out only three times while walking the same number and has accounted for 21 runs in Chattanooga’s last ten games. With the big performance, Corcino ran his season totals up to a .294 average with 24 scores and 25 RBI in 45 contests.
Honorable Mentions: Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers both went 6+ innings in quality starts while Niko Goodrum went 6-for-18 with four of those six hits coming for extra bases (2B, 2-3B, HR).