Smokies Drop Series Finale 11-6

After gaining a 6-3 lead through five innings on Father’s Day evening, the Smokies gave up eight runs in the last three innings to lose the final series of the first half. Rafael Dolis (4-4, 3.48) was called on by Manager Brian Harper in the ninth inning to close out the Smokies 6-5 lead but it was not meant to be.

Dolis gave up five earned runs, including a three run homer to Kyle Russell, and only last 2/3 of an inning before being replaced by none other than catcher Blake Lalli to get the final out of the game. Lalli was called in to get the final out due to the lack of pitching arms available for the Smokies on Sunday evening. Lalli gave up a solo homerun to Jaime Pedroza before recording the final out of the inning.

The loss gives the Smokies only their third series loss of the first half. Even though Tennessee goes into the All-Star break on a sour note, they have still been crowned 2011 Southern League North First Half Champions. After the three day All-Star break the Smokies will return to action on Thursday night to face the Birmingham Barons. The first game will begin at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday evening.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.

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