Adkins, Hatch, Aaron Miller Sweep Awards

James Adkins of Chattanooga joined Great Lakes third baseman Anthony Hatch and left-handed pitcher Aaron Miller as players of the week for the week of August 24-30. It was the first time Great Lakes swept the weekly honors.

Adkins did his part to keep the Lookouts in the hunt for the second half North Division title, turning in two stellar outings that both resulted in Chattanooga victories. James Adkins

The 23-year-old lefty pitched 11 scoreless innings in all, surrendering just eight singles. On August 24 against Mississippi, Adkins struck out five in six scoreless frames, leading the Lookouts to an 8-0 win.

In his next start at Jacksonville on August 30, Adkins gave up four base hits, struck out four and walked one in five innings. He held the South Division-leading Suns scoreless despite two errors behind him and helped the Lookouts hold on for a 2-1 win.

The Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native is a familiar face for Volunteer State baseball fans, as he attended the University of Tennessee.                                   

Record Duo
It is the first time in team history the Loons had both the league's Player and Pitcher of the Week.  

  Miller started once during the week and three six no-hit, shutout innings against South Bend.  The Dodgers' 2009 supplemental first round draft choice from Baylor University is now 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA in six starts. 

This week, he was a part of the first of three consecutive shutouts and 35 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings thrown by Loons pitchers.

Anthony Hatch
Hatch finished the week 14-for-27 (.519) with a home run, three doubles, eight RBIs and nine runs scored. He's now 11th in the league in batting average (.294), second with 36 doubles and third in extra base hits (52).

He capped off the week with consecutive three-hit games Saturday and Sunday, including a two-run home run Sunday on his 26th birthday.   

During the week of August 24-30, the Loons went 5-2 and clinched a berth in the Midwest League playoffs.   

Other Loons players to win weekly awards from the Midwest League this year include shortstop Dee Gordon (May 4 and June 22) and right-handed pitcher Jon Michael Redding (June 1).