Hey Smokies Fans!
Last night Matt Spencer hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Tennessee a 5-4 victory.
The Smokies now have a two games to one lead for this series, and Tennessee can take the series tonight at Smokies Park in the fourth game at Smokies Park.
Pitching for the Smokies is right-hander Chris Archer. In five starts with Tennessee, Archer has won four games and hasn’t given up an earned run in over 28 innings for Tennessee. Pitching for West Tenn is Steven Hensley who is 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA.
Here are more notes on tonight’s game against West Tenn:
Another Best Record: With Friday’s 5-4 win over the Diamond Jaxx, the Smokies have reached a new season best record. The Smokies are now 62-41, a full 21 games over the five-hundred mark. This is the first time Tennessee has been so far over .500 this season, with the previous best at 20 games which happened twice earlier in the week. The Smokies are 20-14 in the second half of the season, holding a two game lead in the second half North Division standings.
Here Comes the Masher: Matt Spencer once again lived up to his nickname, the “Morristown Masher” (coined by the Smokies Radio Network’s Mick Gillispie), as he hit the game-winning homer for Tennessee in the bottom of the seventh. Spencer’s solo shot was his eleventh in 2010, putting him in sixth place in the Southern League homer category. This is the first time in his professional career that he has hit more than 10 homers with one team during a season. Spencer’s best homer season was in 2009, when he combined to hit 19 homers while in the Oakland A’s organization. Spencer grew up down the road from Smokies Park in Morristown, where he was a standout at Morristown West High School.
Tops at the Plate: The Smokies lead the Southern League in most major offensive categories in 2010. Tennessee leads the league with a .284 batting average, while West Tenn is second with a mark of .271. With Matt Spencer’s homer on Friday, the Smokies now lead the league in home runs with 88, passing West Tenn’s 87. The Smokies are tops in runs batted in with 495, while West Tenn is second with 463. Tennessee also leads the league in runs, hits, doubles, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging percentage.
Archer Looks to Keep Streak Alive: Tonight’s Smokies starting pitcher Chris Archer has quite a streak on the line as he faces the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx for the second time this season. Archer hasn’t allowed an earned run his last 39.1 innings on the mound, stretching back to his time as a member of the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League. Archer gave up one run against Lakeland in the first inning on June 22, but since then hasn’t given up an earned run. This includes 28.1 innings with Tennessee.
Our coverage begins tonight at 6:00p.m. with the Pilot Oscar-Mayer Pregame Show, featuring an interview with Brandon Guyer.
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