Archive | May, 2014
Courtesy: Andrew Green/Tennessee Smokies

6,819 Witness Barons Outduel Smokies 2-1

  Tennessee’s Joel Pineiro and Birmingham’s Nick McCully each fired seven strong frames in their starts, while the Barons took advantage of a wild pitch in the ninth inning to defeat the Smokies 2-1 in front of a season-high 6,819 fans on Saturday evening at Smokies Stadium. Birmingham improved their record to 24-32 on the […]

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Cal Ripken

This Date in Baseball History – May 30

After missing the second game of Baltimore’s May 29 doubleheader against Toronto at Memorial Stadium, Cal Ripken returned to the lineup for the Orioles on May 30, 1982, and wouldn’t leave it again for sixteen years. Mick Gillispie told the story in the sixth inning of Tennessee’s Friday night game against the Huntsville Stars.

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Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

Stars Finish Sweep of Smokies

Kris Bryant hit his league best 17th home run of the season, but the homer was the only run scored by the Smokies in a 5-1 road to loss to the Stars in Huntsville on Friday night. The Smokies were swept in the series and have lost five straight.

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Smokies Suffer Fourth Straight One Run Loss

Kris Bryant hit his league leading 16th home run of the season in the fifth, but the Tennessee bullpen lost another late lead and the Smokies lost their fourth straight one-run game 4-3 in Huntsville on Thursday night at Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium.

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Willie Mays

This Date in Baseball History – May 28

Willie Mays made his Major League debut on May 25, 1951, with the New York Giants in Philadelphia; he went 0-for-5 and reached on an error. In fact, in three games in Philadelphia, he went 0-for-12 and reached base just three times. It wasn’t until his fourth Major League game, May 28, 1951, against the Boston […]

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Smokies Lose in Extras, 2-1 to Huntsville

Reliever P.J. Francescon gave up a game winning single to Huntsville catcher Adam Weisenburger in the 11th and the Smokies lost in the final inning for the third straight game 2-1 at Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium on Wednesday night.

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Oversized Mitt

This Date in Baseball History – May 27th

Hall of Fame reliever Hoyt Wilhelm is venerated as one of the greatest knuckleball pitchers of all time – and one of the most difficult pitchers of any kind to catch. A season after the Orioles produced a Major League record 49 passed balls in 1959 – 38 of which came with Wilhelm on the […]

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Late Inning Rally Dooms Smokies Again

Closer Armando Rivero gave up a game-tying home run in the ninth and reliever Austin Kirk walked in the winning run in the tenth as the Smokies lost for the second straight night 2-1 to the Stars at Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium on Tuesday night.

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CSN Chicago: Kris Bryant Surging

Smokies’ third baseman Kris Bryant was recently featured by our very own Mick Gillispie on CSN Chicago. Visit the link below to watch the report: CSN Chicago: Kris Bryant is surging at Double-A

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Hank Aaron

This Date in Baseball History – May 26th

With a nickname like “Hammerin’ Hank” and the distinction of being one of only three players with more than 700 career home runs, there is no doubt that Hank Aaron is in an exclusive group as one of baseball’s great sluggers, but in addition to hammering to the fences, he could also nail the gaps. […]

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