Four-run eighth secures Smokies win Monday night

By Adam Kline / Tennessee Smokies

KODAK, Tenn.. – The Tennessee Smokies scored four runs in the bottom of eighth to break a 1-1 tie and defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts (33-24, 65-60) 5-1 at Smokies Park Monday night.  The win, in front of 2,495, was the Smokies third straight and improved their record to 28-29 in the season’s second half, 63-64 overall.

Chattanooga got on the scoreboard in the first inning off Tennessee starter Nick Struck.  Rafael Ynoa doubled to lead off the game and scored two batters later on a J.T. Wise single to give the Lookouts a 1-0 lead.

The Smokies tied the game at one in the third, when Struck led off the frame with a double off Lookouts starter Aaron Miller.  With two outs, Jae-Hoon Ha hit an infield single and a wild throw by shortstop Ynoa allowed Struck to score and knot the game, 1-1.

Both pitching staffs exchanged scoreless innings until the Smokies sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth inning.  With Eric Eadington (1-2) on the mound, Logan Watkins led off with a bunt single.  Back-to-back walks to Ha and Justin Bour loaded the bases for Junior Lake who hit a single up the middle, with the infield drawn in, to score Watkins and Ha to give the Smokies a 3-1 lead.  Following a single by Rubi Silva, Mike Brenly hit a double to left field to plate two more runs and extend the Smokies lead to 5-1.

Struck worked six innings, only giving up a run on six hits and fanned three, giving the Smokies a quality start but did not factor in the decision.  For the second consecutive night, the Smokies bullpen secured the win for Tennessee.  Trey McNutt tossed a hitless seventh innings and Brian Schlitter (3-4) went the final two, striking out three to pick up the win for the Smokies.

The Smokies and Lookouts play the middle contest of their five-game series on Tuesday night at 7:15 p.m. when Tennessee sends southpaw Eric Jokisch (7-2, 3.07 ERA) to the mound against right-hander Allen Webster (6-8, 3.66 ERA) at Smokies Park.  For tickets and more information visit http://www.smokiesbaseball.com or call (865) 286-2300.

LISTEN TO GAME HIGHLIGHTS : August 20, 2012 Lookouts 1 Smokies 5

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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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