By Roger Hoover / Smokies Radio Network
Smokies manager Buddy Bailey hopes that Wednesday’s offensive performance will carry over into Thursday night’s game as Tennessee faces Montgomery in the third game of the series on Thursday night at Smokies Park.
The Smokies scored nine runs on thirteen hits in the victory, with three Tennesseans collecting three-hit games.
Tonight the Smokies will send right-hander Trey McNutt to the mound. McNutt is 0-1 this season with a 0.61 ERA in four starts. Starting for the Biscuits is right-hander Shane Dyer, who is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in five starts in 2012.
Here are more notes on tonight’s game direct from the official Tennessee Smokies game notes compiled by Cody Chrusciel:
LAST TIME OUT
The Smokies scored a season-high nine runs and matched a season high with 13 hits in Wednesday morning’s 9-5 win over the Biscuits in front of the largest crowd at Smokies Park this season (6,317). Three Smokies collected three hits with Jonathan Mota leading the charge (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs). For the second straight contest, the Smokies plated three runs in the first. Tennessee jumped out to a 9-2 lead through five innings. Nick Struck (3-2) earned the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over 5.1 innings.
WHAT A RELIEF
A Tennessee reliever has saved nine of the Smokies 12 wins this season. Four different Tennessee relievers have notched saves so far in 2012. Alberto Cabrera has held opponents to a .156 average (7-for-45), the third-lowest mark among Southern League relievers.
MOTA WHEN IT MATTERS
The Smokies are 2-0 in extra-inning affairs this season and Jonathan Mota has played a key role in both wins.
On April 23 vs. Chattanooga, Mota homered early in the contest and pitched a scoreless 12th inning, earning the win on the mound in a 5-4, 12-inning Tennessee victory. On April 29 at Jackson, Mota broke a tenth-inning tie with a two-run blast en route to a 5-3 Smokies win which snapped a five-game skid. Over his past two contests, Mota is 6-for-9 with a double, two homers, and five RBIs. Mota is 9-for-20 (.450) with three HRs in his last seven games.
Catcher Luis Flores was added to the Smokies roster on Wednesday morning. Flores split the 2011 campaign between High-A Daytona (nine games) and Tennessee (40 games), batting .275 with seven homers and 20 RBIs for the Smokies in his first season at the Double-A level. A seventh-round draft pick in 2008 out of Oklahoma State, Flores is a career .208 hitter over four professional seasons. Entering this series, Mike Brenly was the only active catcher on the Smokies roster after Juan Apodaca was promoted to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, April 28.
ADDUCI! ADDUCI! ADDUCI!
Jim Adduci homered yesterday in a 1-for-3 effort and has hit safely in eight straight games, marking the longest hitting streak by a Smokies batter this season. Adduci is 4-for-5 as a pinch hitter this season following last Tuesday afternoon’s three-run double in the bottom of the eighth against Chattanooga. Last season against the Biscuits, Adduci batted .310 with two home runs, striking out just once in 29 at-bats. He hit four homers the entire season.
Fans can listen to the game on the Smokies Radio Network, with the “Voice of the Smokies” Mick Gillispie entering his sixth season as Tennessee’s Director of Broadcasting. The 2010 Southern League Broadcaster of the Year is assisted by Cody Chrusciel, Roger Hoover, Jonathan Guess, and Adam King. Chrusciel and Hoover will host the Pilot Oscar-Meyer Pregame Show beginning at 7 p.m. on the Smokies Radio Network.
Tonight’s broadcast will air on the Smokies Radio Network’s flagship station The Sports Animal WNML AM 990, FM 99.1 and 99.3, plus the Smokies mobile app. Click the link below to listen live online.