Hey Smokies Fans,
The Smokies did get on the scoreboard last night against the Suns, but still fell 7-6 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The loss gave the Suns the series in the final four-game set before the All-Star Break, which begins tomorrow.
Chris Carpenter will take the mound for the Smokies tonight. Carpenter is 6-4 with a 3.16 ERA. He will be opposed by Jacksonville’s Jeff Allison, who is 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA.
Here are some notes for tonight’s final game against Jacksonville:
Time for a Break: Tonight’s game against the Suns is the final game before the Smokies have three days off for the All-Star break. Several Smokies personnel will be busy over the break, participating in All-Star activities. Bill Dancy and Brett Jackson will head to Anaheim, Calif., for the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium. The 12th Annual Futures Game will be played at 6 p.m. ET from Anaheim. Fans can see the game live on MLB.TV, ESPN2, and ESPN2 HD. Fans can also follow the game on MLB.com’s Gameday, and the audio broadcast will be available on XM Radio channel 175.
Smokies in SL All-Star Game: In addition to Tennessee’s representation at the Futures game, six Tennessee Smokies will represent the Chicago Cubs’ Class AA affiliate at the Southern League All-Star Game at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville, Ala. Tony Campana, Robinson Chirinos, and Blake Lalli have been named to the tentative starting lineup for the Southern League North Division All-Star team. Campana, Chirinos and Lalli will be joining teammates Ryan Buchter, Luke Sommer, and Steve Clevenger on the North Division roster.
First Road Series Loss: Last night’s 7-6 loss meant that the Smokies have lost their first road series in 2010. The loss is Tennessee’s fifth straight, which is also a season-high. The Smokies ended their scoring drought in the top of the fifth inning after 39.2 innings without a run.
Tonight’s broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Smokies Radio Network with the Pilot Oscar-Mayer Pregame Show.We will feature the second part of Roger Hoover’s two-part interview series with Smokies outfielder Brett Jackson during the Pilot Oscar-Mayer Pregame Show.
Thanks for listening!