By Roger Hoover / Smokies Radio Network
Heavy rains in Hoover, Ala., prevented the Tennessee Smokies and Birmingham Barons from playing on Wednesday night, so the clubs will play a doubleheader tonight at Regions Park.
The clubs will play two seven-inning contests beginning at 6 p.m. ET. In game one, Tennessee will send left-hander Zach Rosscup to the mound for his Southern League debut. Rosscup has pitched in four games this season (one with Mesa, three with Peoria) where he went 2-0 in four relief appearances, giving up only three hits in nine scoreless innings. In that time on the mound he struck out 16 batters and didn’t walk any.
Starting for the Barons is right-hander Philip Humber, who is with Birmingham on a major league rehab assignment. Humber threw a perfect game earlier this season for the White Sox against the Seattle Mariners on April 21. He was placed on the disabled list June 17 and will make his third rehab start tonight. He is recovering from a right elbow flexor strain and is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA this season with Chicago.
The pitching matchup in the second game puts Tennessee right-hander Nick Struck (9-8, 3.55 ERA) against Birmingham right-hander Matt Heidenreich (1-0, 1.13 ERA).
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 5:45 p.m. on the Smokies Radio Network.
Tonight’s broadcast will begin on the internet only for the first hour starting at 5:45 p.m. ET on smokiesbaseball.com plus the Smokies mobile app. At 7 p.m., coverage will air on the Smokies Radio Network’s flagship station The Sports Animal WNML AM 990, FM 99.1 and 99.3. Click the link below to listen live online.