Smokies Drop Game 1 in Huntsville 1-0

Pierce Johnson

HUNTSVILLE – Rehabbing Major Leaguer Emilio Bonifacio misplayed a soft liner to center in the fourth and the resulting error led to the only run allowed by Pierce Johnson in Tennessee’s 1-0 loss in Huntsville in Game 1 of a double header on Saturday night.

The loss dropped the Smokles (14-14, 47-50) a full game out of first behind the Birmingham Barons in the second half standings. It also moved the Smokies into a tie for second with he Stars (14-14, 60-38) in the second half race.

Johnson (2-4, 3.35) allowed one unearned run and suffered the tough luck loss. He walked two and struck out three over five innings. Despite the loss, Johnson saw his record fall to 2-4, and his earned run average to 3.35.

Stars starter Jed Bradley (3-4, 4.34) walked one and struck out three over five scoreless innings and earned the win. Bradley scattered three hits and only saw three base runners reach behind him.

Tennessee managed just four total base runners in the loss and stranded one man on base. They were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and grounded into two double plays.

The only run of the game came in the fourth when Hector Gimenez singled to start the frame. A fielding error by Bonifacio allowed Gimenez to third on the play and Hanley Statia brought him in moments later with a single to right. Johnson allowed two hits in the inning and just one unearned run.

Hunter Cervenka pitched the sixth, and what would be final inning of the game. He faced three and struck out two.

Bradley pitched five scoreless and his bullpen would finish the seven inning game with two scoreless innings. Tim Dillard worked the sixth and faced only three. David Goforth (S, 20) pitched the seventh and allowed one hit while picking up the save.

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Author:Greg Young

Greg Young brings five years of Minor League Baseball experience to the Smokies Radio Network, having previously served with the High-A Modesto Nuts of the California League. He began with the Nuts as a Broadcast Assistant in 2007 before being promoted as the team's new Director of Broadcasting the following year, a position he held through the 2011 campaign. During his time with Modesto, Young also worked at KESP AM-790 as a Sports Anchor. Over the years he has worked as a broadcaster for Comcast Hometown Network and their coverage of the San Jose Giants (High-A, California League) and Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), in addition to high school football and basketball. Young began his broadcasting career with the Major Indoor Soccer League's California Cougars in 2006 and was the club's inaugural broadcaster before being promoted to Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting the next year. Young is a 2005 graduate of Sacramento State University, earning a Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Media. During his senior year, Young was Sports Director for the university's student-run radio radio station KSSU, and also did play-by-play for the school's baseball, football and basketball teams while attending Sacramento State.


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