Archive | July, 2014

Smokies Break Up No-Hit Bid, Fall Short in 6-4 Defeat

Blue Wahoos starter Ben Lively faced the minimum through seven innings and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, while catcher Ross Perez drove in four runs as Pensacola held off a late Smokies comeback attempt to top Tennessee 6-4 in front of a crowd of 5,068 on Thursday evening at Smokies Stadium.

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Smokies Now: Pensacola Series

Boomer Dangel talk about the Smokies’ road trip to Birmingham, their playoff chances, the Pensacola series and much more in this week’s edition of Smokies Now

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This Date in Baseball History – July 30

On July 30, 1959, the seed for one of the most fearsome sluggers of the 60s and 70s was planted in the San Francisco Bay. Mick Gillispie told the story of Willie McCovey’s sensational Major League debut during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Birmingham Barons on Wednesday.

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Almora Homers in 7-3 Tennessee Loss in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM – Albert Almora hit his first Southern League home run, but the Barons pounded out three home runs of their own and the Smokies lost the finale of their five game series in Birmingham 7-3 at Regions Field on Wednesday night. The Smokies (20-20, 53-56) dropped to a game and a half back of […]

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Radio Interview with Jaron Madison

Mick Gillispie’s radio interview with Chicago Cubs Director, Player Development Jaron Madison.

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Bo Jackson Royals

This Date in Baseball History – July 29

With or without the Nike advertising campaign, it was evident during his sporting career that Bo Jackson knew a lot about being a successful athlete. It was made further evident on July 29, 1988, when Jackson showed off his hand-eye coordination – and his explosive power with a bat. Mick Gillispie told the story of […]

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Jae-Hoon Ha

Comeback Falls Short, Smokies Lose 3-2

BIRMINGHAM – Pin-Chieh Chen scored the tying run in the ninth on an infield single by Jae-Hoon, but the Smokies failed to hold the tie in the ninth after Chris Curley drove in the game winning run in Birmingham’s 3-2 win versus the Smokies at Regions Field on Tuesday night. The loss dropped the Smokies […]

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Dennis Martinez

This Date in Baseball History – July 28

On July 28, 1991, Dennis Martinez became just the 13th pitcher in the history of the Major Leagues to face the minimum for the balance of a game. Mick Gillispie told the story of Dennis Martinez’s perfect game during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s contest against the Birmingham Barons on Monday.

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Former Smokies on the Spot: Yadier Molina

While on his way to become a potential Hall of Famer, St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina, started his career off right here in Kodak, TN. “I knew one night when we were playing here he threw out a base runner at second base and never got off his knees,” said longtime Smokies public address announcer George Yardley. […]

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Almora and Russell Pace Smokies in 11-8 Win

BIRMINGHAM – Addison Russell and Albert Almora both went 4-for-6 and Dustin Geiger drove in three runs while going 2-for-2 with three walks in Tennessee’s 11-8 victory versus the Birmingham Barons at Regions Field on Monday night. The victory moved the Smokies (20-18, 53-54) back into first place in the second half standings by one-half […]

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