Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Visits with Mick Gillispie

Hey Smokies Fans!

Last night was certainly one to remember at Smokies Park. Tennessee won 4-2 over Montgomery to snap a two-game losing streak, and with the win the Smokies are now back in a tie for first place in the Southern League’s North Division second half standings.

We were also privileged to have two very special guests join the Smokies Radio Network broadcast, as Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts visited with Mick Gillispie during the fifth inning. Ricketts is visiting several of the Cubs minor league affiliates and toured Smokies Park last night.

Mick was also joined by former University of Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer during the sixth inning. Fulmer won a national title with the Volunteers in 1998, and enjoyed stopping by the radio booth with Mick.

You can listen here to Mick’s conversation with Tom Ricketts by clicking the link below, and we’ll post the Coach Fulmer interview in the next two days on our Multimedia page.

Chicago Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts on air with Mick Gillispie July 19, 2010

Tonight the Smokies and Biscuits will play in the final game of the series at Smokies Park. Marcos Mateo (0-0, 2.57 ERA) will make a spot start for Tennessee against Montgomery’s David Newmann (3-6, 3.91 ERA).

Here are some notes on tonight’s finale between the Smokies and Biscuits:

A Winning Homestand: Last night’s 4-2 victory clinched a winning homestand for Tennessee at Smokies Park. The Smokies swept the Chattanooga Lookouts in the first three games of the seven-game homestand, and last night’s win sealed a winning homestand. Tennessee can earn their second split of the season with Montgomery with a victory in tonight’s game.

Archer Stays 0.00: Last night’s Smokies starter Chris Archer kept his earned run average at 0.00 as once again he didn’t allow any earned runs. Archer picked up the win to improve to 3-1 in four starts with Tennessee. Archer has only given up three unearned runs in his 22.1 innings since joining Tennessee. Archer hasn’t allowed an unearned run since June 22 when he was with the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State league.

More Hits for Campana: Tony Campana had his sixth multi-hit game in the past ten contests last night, going 2-3 with an RBI in the rain-shortened contest against Montgomery. Campana has had 32 multi-hit games in 2010, and is now second in the league in hitting with a .333 batting average.

Guyer Goes Long: For the first time since July 9, Smokies outfielder Brandon Guyer did not have a double, ending a five game stretch where Guyer had a double in each game for Tennessee. However Guyer did hit a home run for Tennessee, a two-run shot in the bottom of the second inning that gave Tennessee a 2-0 lead. It was Guyer’s first home run since June 19, and he now has seven this season for the Smokies.

Our coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. with the Pilot Oscar-Mayer Pregame Show, featuring an interview with Smokies Jacksonville Suns All-Star outfielder Brandon Tripp.

You can listen to the game here online on or on the Smokies Radio Network’s flagship station,  The Sports Animal.

Thanks for listening!

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