Gonsalves earns first Double-A win in 5-3 victory against Jackson
Left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves only allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six batters in five innings to earn his first ever Double-A win Saturday.
(Lookouts Media Relations)- Left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves only allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six batters in five innings to earn his first ever Double-A win Saturday. The Lookouts 5-3 win was there second of the second half and improves their overall record to 38-35.
The Twins' number six overall prospect got off to an up-and-down start, allowing two runs while also striking out the side. After falling behind Gonsalves settled down by recording four straight scoreless innings.
Chattanooga's offense backed up their young pitcher with a run in the third on a Zack Granite RBI single. In the fifth the team seized the lead on a fielding error and a Granite sacrifice bunt. The one run lead would prove to be enough, but the Lookouts continued to pile on runs. The lead became 4-2 in the seventh when Stuart Turner laces a double down the left field line to score Ryan Walker who reached earlier in the inning on a single. An inning later Daniel Palka blasted his league-leading 18th home run to give the Lookouts the 5-3 lead.
Lookouts closer Trevor Hildenberger gave up a run in the ninth to end his scoreless streak, but he struck out the side to close out his 12th save of the year.
Sunday, the Lookouts aim to clinch the series on Autograph Sunday at AT&T Field. Game time is 2:15 with gates at opening at 1:00 p.m.