Listen to Smokies and Lookouts Monday

Tonight’s lineups featuring Chattanooga manager Carlos Subero and Tennessee skipper Buddy Bailey. Photo Courtesy: Roger Hoover.

By Roger Hoover / Smokies Radio Network

The Tennessee Smokies will look to continue their recent stretch of solid play on Monday night, facing the Chattanooga Lookouts at Smokies Park.

Tennessee has won seven of their last 10 games, and are now six games back of the first-place Lookouts with 14 games left in the second half.

Yesterday the Smokies took the opening game of the series 6-5, thanks to another 2-4 performance at the plate by Southern League MVP candidate Justin Bour.

Tonight Tennessee sends right-hander Nick Struck to the mound. This season Struck is 13-10 with a 3.48 ERA as he leads the Southern League in wins. Starting for the Lookouts is left-hander Aaron Miller, who is 6-6 with a 4.46 ERA.

Here are more notes on tonight’s game, direct from the official Tennessee Smokies game notes compiled by Cody Chrusciel:

SETTING THE SCENE

After winning last night’s series opener, the Smokies host the Lookouts tonight in game two of a five-game series. With 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Smokies enter Monday tied for fourth in the North Division, six games back of Chattanooga. The Smokies have won seven of their last 10 games but haven’t been able to make up any ground as still sit in the same place they did before that streak began – six games behind Chattanooga. The Smokies have won back-to-back series. Chattanooga enters the day with a 2.5 game lead over Jackson for first place in the North Division. The Lookouts have won five of their last six games after sweeping Jacksonville in a five-game set. The only team in the SL with a better home record than the Smokies (35-26) is Jackson (41-24)  The Smokies are 12-9 against the Lookouts in 2012.

LAST TIME OUT
The Smokies took advantage of a pair of Chattanooga errors, plating four runs in the sixth inning en route to a 6-5 victory in last night’s series opener. Smokies starter Dallas Beeler surrendered a pair of early home runs to Luis Nunez and Griff Erickson as Tennessee fell behind 3-0 after two innings. That’s all Beeler would allow, however, as he retired the final 11 batters he faced. Tony Zych (2-1) earned the win after setting down the side in order in the sixth in his fifth straight scoreless outing. Frank Batista notched his league-leading 23rd save in 24 chances. Justin Bour and Matt Cerda each went 2-for-4 while Chad Noble drove in two runs with a sixth-inning 1B.

WORTH NOTING
Junior Lake ranks 8th in the league in batting (.284). Mike Burgess is 6-for-10 as a pinch hitter this season. Ten of Matt Szczur’s 18 hits since joining the Smokies have gone for extra bases. Chad Noble is batting just .128 (6-for-47), but he’s driven in nine runs as four of his six hits have come with runners in scoring position. Since his personal season-best nine-game hitting streak came to an end on Friday, Jae-Hoon Ha is hitless in his last 12 at bats. Ha has gone three straight games without a hit. The Smokies bullpen has allowed just five of 32 (16%) inherited runners to score in August. After batting a league-best .268 in July, the Smokies are hitting a league-worst .233 in August.

#Bour4MVP
Justin Bour leads the Southern League with 107 RBIs. He ranks third in hits (135) and doubles (32), and fourth in batting (.297). He has drawn a league-high six intentional walks. With 107 RBIs, Bour ranks second in all of minor league baseball and tops among players currently at the Double-A level or above. Bour is batting .316 since the All-Star break. He has driven in at least one run in six straight games. Bour is on pace to finish the season with 118 RBIs. The Smokies franchise record is 114, set by Tim Giles in 1999. Former major leaguers Geronimo Berroa (108) and Carlos Delgado (102) rank second and third, respectively, in single-season RBIs since the Smokies franchise joined the Southern League in 1964.

WATCH OUT FOR WATKINS
Logan Watkins leads the Southern League with 81 runs scored and ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.383). He has scored 19 runs over Tennessee’s last 17 games. Since June 1, Watkins is batting .318 with a .441 OBP.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
The Smokies have allowed a league-high 80 unearned runs this season. Mobile ranks second with 78.

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 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 Lookouts and Smokies August 20, 2012

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The radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate. We go on the air 15 minutes before every game with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show. Then following the game we wrap up the night with the 10th Inning Wrap-Up Show. Director of Broadcasting is Mick Gillispie, Broadcast Assistant is Danny Will, and Broadcast and Multimedia Assistant is Michael Wottreng.

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