This afternoon while you’re at work, you can listen to the final game of Tennessee’s series at Jacksonville. Thus far in the series, the Smokies have won 3 out of 4 and on the current 10-day road trip, the Smokies are 6-3. Last night, the Smokies defeated Jacksonville 6-1 scoring all 6 runs and 11 of their 16 hits in the first final four innings. Earning his first Southern League win was Trey McNutt.
Going on the mound for Tennessee today will be Robert Whitenack, who is making his Class AA debut. He joins the Smokies from Daytona where he was 3-0 with a 1.17 earned run average. In 23 innings pitched for Daytona, Whitenack walked only 1 batter while striking out an impressive 25 strikeouts. In the 2009 draft, he was selected in the 8th round by Chicago.
Opposite the Smokies starter will be Darin Downs. So far in 2011, Downs is 0-1 with a 3.63 earned run average in 3 starts. Downs had perhaps his best start of 2011 on April 11th against Huntsville. In the start, he pitched 6 strong innings now allowing a single run. His most recent outing, however, was his worst of 2011. Against Mobile on the 22nd, he pitched 5 and 1/3 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 9 hits.
First Pitch: 1:05 PM(EST)
Radio: 106.3 FM in Pigeon Forge & 1480 AM in Jefferson City
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