Listen to Smokies face Barons Thursday

Smokies outfielder Matt Szczur. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

By Roger Hoover / Smokies Radio Network

The Tennessee Smokies will look to get back on the winning track on Thursday night, facing the Birmingham Barons at Regions Park.

Tennessee saw its three-game winning streak come to an end yesterday, falling to the Barons 4-2 in the second game of the series.

Tonight Tennessee will send left-hander Eric Jokisch to the mound. Jokisch this season is 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA with the Smokies. Starting for the Barons is left-hander Spencer Arroyo, who is 6-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

The Smokies and Barons square off in the middle contest of a five-game series tonight at Regions Park. The teams have split the first two games. With 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Smokies enter Thursday night tied for fourth in the North Division, six games back of Chattanooga. The Smokies are 12-8 against the Barons this season and have won five of the last seven meetings.

The Smokies were unable to hold a 2-0 seventh-inning lead as Birmingham rallied for a 4-2 win last night.
 Nick Struck allowed just one unearned run over six innings despite committing two errors, lowing his career ERA against the Barons to 0.76 in six starts. The Barons scored a run in the seventh and three more in the eighth to rally back from a 2-0 deficit. Brian Schlitter, who stranded two inherited runner in scoring position in the seventh, took the loss. Jae-Hoon Ha and Matt Szczur each doubled as four of Tennessee’s six hits went for extra bases, extending their hitting streaks to 8 and 9 games, respectively.  The Smokies matched a season high with four errors.

Logan Watkins leads the Southern League with 79 runs scored and ranks 10th in batting (.281). He has crossed the plate in 11 of Tennessee’s last 13 games, scoring 17 runs over that stretch. Since June 1, Watkins is batting .322 with a .436 on-base percentage in 64 games.

Matt Szczur has hit safely in nine straight games, going 12- for-37 with three triples. Nine of his 17 hits since joining the Smokies have gone for extra bases.

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 7:45 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.

Listen Live to the Smokies and Barons August 16, 2012

You can also follow along with the game by following the Smokies Radio Network on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Categories: Game Preview


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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