By Roger Hoover / Smokies Radio Network
Tennessee’s six-game homestand continues on Saturday night as the Smokies welcome in their North Division rivals, the Chattanooga Lookouts for a three-game series.
The Smokies have dropped their last two series, falling to the Lookouts and Jacksonville Suns earlier this week.
Starting tonight for Tennessee is right-hander Dae-Eun Rhee. The South Korea native is 5-4 with a 5.46 ERA in 16 starts this season with Tennessee. Starting for the Lookouts is right-hander Allen Webster, who is 3-8 with a 4.40 ERA.
Here are more notes on tonight’s game, direct from the official Tennessee Smokies game notes compiled by Cody Chrusciel:
SETTING THE SCENE
The Smokies and Lookouts open up a three-game series tonight at Smokies Park. Tennessee has lost two straight series, most recently dropping two of three against the Jacksonville Suns after losing two of three at Chattanooga from July 1-3. In the first two games of the series, Tennessee will face the Dodgers’ top two prospects according to Baseball America in Allen Webster (#2) tonight and Zach Lee (#1) tomorrow. The Lookouts enter today in first place in the North Division, holding a one-game lead over the Birmingham Barons and Jackson Generals.
Smokies skipper Buddy Bailey won his 1,600th game as a minor league manager in Tennessee’s 5-1 victory over Jacksonville in game one of a DH yesterday. Bailey ranks fourth among active managers in wins, joining Lakeland’s Dave Huppert, Orem’s Tom Kotchman, and Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre’s Dave Miley in the 1,600 win club.
LAST TIME OUT
The Smokies split yesterday’s doubleheader against the Suns. Tennessee won the first game, 5-1, behind six strong innings by Eric Jokisch and a five-run third inning. The Smokies dropped the nightcap, 3-1.
Earlier today, the Smokies announced that LHP Zach Rosscup has joined the team from Single-A Peoria. Additionally, OF Jim Adduci has been promoted from Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa while LHP Jeff Antigua has been transferred from Tennessee to Peoria. Adduci, 27, who spent the entire 2010 season with Iowa (.248 in 114 games) was sixth in the SL with a .294 average.
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-Mayer Pregame Show beginning at 6 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.