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6/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor league system on Saturday, June 23.

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Down 3-0 Boise got four runs in the fifth to take the lead, but surrendered it to lose 5-4 on Saturday night.  Ian Dickson got the start for the Hawks and gave up three runs on four hits in just 3.2 innings.  Roderik Pichardo got the loss in relief as he gave up two runs in 3.1 innings of work.  Joseph Zeller pitched two innings giving up only one hit.  Gioskar Amaya went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Marco Hernandez had a double and two RBI’s, and Chadd Krist had the other RBI for Boise.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, Eduardo Gonzalez, and Shawon Dunston Jr. all had one hit on the night.

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Gerardo Concepcion took the loss as he could only get through 4.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits dropping his record to 2-5.  In the 4-2 Peoria loss Zeke DeVoss had two hits and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night at the plate as well as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Dustin Geiger, Yasiel Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata all had contributed with a hit a piece on Saturday.  Sheldon McDonald pitched beautifully throwing 2.2 perfect innings in relief, he also struck out two.  Austin Reed gave up a run in relief, but also struck out three batters in his two innings of work.

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Everything looked great for Daytona until they gave up seven runs in the bottom of the eighth as they took the Clearwater won the game 7-2.  Robert Whitenack was brilliant in five innings as he gave up no runs on only three hits while striking out three.  Brian Schlitter continued to impress as he pitched two perfect innings in relief striking out one batter.  As good as Whitenack and Schlitter were A.J. Morris and Jeffrey Lorick were not very good at all.  Morris was tagged with the loss as he gave up four runs while not recording an out and Lorick gave up three more in an inning of work.  The offense had nine hits including two from catcher Chad Noble who had a double and a run scored.  Everyone else in the Cubs starting lineup had one hit except John AndreoliGreg Rohan drove in his 61st run of the year and Matt Szczur scored a run and stole his 20th base of the season.

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Tennessee scored six in the third, but had to hold on as they won 7-6 on Saturday.  Jeffry Antigua got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only was able to pitch three innings.  Casey Weathers got the win pitching two good innings in relief giving up one hit and wallking one while striking out four.  Frank Batista recorded one out to pick up his 11th save of the season.  Logan Watkins had a nice night out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a double and triple.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and two RBI’s and Justin Bour added two hits of his own as he drove in a run as well.  Nelson Perez hit his first home run in Double-A and Michael Burgess also hit a homer, each driving in two runs.  Kevin Rhoderick struggled giving up three runs in 1.2 innings, he did however strike out three.

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A three run fourth was too much for Chris Volstand and the Cubs to recover from.  Volstad gave up four runs, three of which were earned on six hits in six innings of work.  Brett Jackson led things for Iowa with his 10th home run of the season.  He added another hit later in the game bringing his average to .259.  Ty Wright had two doubles and Juan Apodaca had went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  The hot hitting Josh Vitters only had one hit today and Anthony Rizzo is human as he went 0-for-4.  Rafael Dolis pitched two good innings in reflief giving up only hit and striking a batter out.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

Tennessee Smokies First Half Recap

The only team that might be hotter than the Peoria Chiefs is the Tennessee Smokies.  The Smokies won 10 of their last 11 leading up to the all-star break.  The torrid stretch was good enough to bring the Smokies all the way back to .500 after a very slow start to the season.  Let’s take a look at how the first half played out.

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Much like the Chiefs, the Smokies took off once they got a highly touted prospect back in the lineup.  Junior Lake‘s return sparked the Smokies and it’s easy to see why.  The all world talent hit .301 in 35 games for the Smokies adding four home runs and 10 RBI’s.  Lake might have re-energized the Smokies ballclub but James Aducci kept them above water before Lake could get back.  Aducci was outstanding, he hit .314 in the first half for the Smokies with five home runs and 25 RBI’s.  Aducci puts the bat on the ball, and has a good eye at the plate, he only struck out 38 times while walking 27 times.  Jonathan Mota, Nate Samson, and Justin Bour all had a productive first half with the bat.

The Smokies pitching staff has really kicked it into high gear lately.  Eric Jokisch is leading the way as he finished the first half 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in five starts.  Kevin Rhoderick has been out of this world good out of the bullpen for the Smokies.  Rhoderick, who we featured here, finished the first half with a 1-2 record and a 1.35 ERA with seven saves.  Frank Batista, TyRelle Harris, Alberto Cabrera, and Marcus Hatley were all outstanding on the mound for the Smokies in the first half.  The numbers might not be eye-popping but Dallas Beeler and Trey McNutt, two excellent Cubs pitching prospects, had steady first half performances.  I expect both these guys to turn it up a notch in the second half.

2012 All-Stars!
OF – James Aducci (2-for-2, 2B, RBI)
DH – Justin Bour (1-for-3, BB)
RHP – Frank Batista (0.2 IP, scoreless)
RHP – Kevin Rhoderick ((1.0 IP, scoreless)

Not a bad showing from the Smokies all-stars at all.

Thanks for reading, go Smokies!
– George

6/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on Thursday, June 14.

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After falling behind early Peoria came back in the fourth to tie the game at three.  The bullpen, however couldn’t hold the lead as Lui Liria took the loss giving up two runs in the eighth.  Kyler Burke got the start and was pretty good once again.  He gave up three runs in the first, but didn’t give up much more after that, notching another quality start.  Javier Baez hit his fourth homerun of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.  Wes Darvill had a hit and an RBI on the day.  Dustin Geiger and Yasiel Balaguert each had a hit for the Chiefs.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 when action resumed again on Thursday.  After five innings Daytona had tied the game, but the bullpen and defense let the Cubs down as they allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in the next two innings.  Rubi Silva and Richard Jones had an RBI each for the Cubs.  Nelson Perez raised his average to .302 as he went 1-for-2 with two walks.

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Daytona had a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but they gave up two runs, one in the sixth and one in the eighth.   P.J. Francescon started and pitched well giving up two hits in 5 innings, however he did not factor in the decision.  Micah Gibbs accounted for the Cubs lone run as he hit his fourth home run of the year.  He also had a double in the game.  Ronald Torreyes also had a double for Daytona.

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Birmingham fought back, but Tennessee was able to hold on winning the game 3-2.  Nicholas Stuck got his seventh win of the year giving up no runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Alberto Cabrera had two good innings of work and Jeffry Antigua earned his first save of the season.  Kevin Rhoderick also pitched, but struggled giving up two runs, he did manage to get his seventh hold of the season as he got through his inning of work with the lead.  Justin Bour had two more RBI’s, which brings his total to 52 on the season.  He along with Logan Watkins had two hits on Thursday.  Matthew Cerda collected three hits on the day, including his second home run of the season.  The win brought the Smokies one win away from the .500 mark.  There record now stands 33-34.

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Iowa scored a lot of runs, but gave up even more losing 10-8 on Thursday.  Brooks Raley didn’t have his good stuff giving up eight runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.  Esmalin Caridad and Scott Maine each gave up a run in relief.  The good news came on the offensive side of things on Thursday.  Brett Jackson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI’s.  He also scored two runs and stole his 13th base of the season.  Blake Lalli went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double and also drove in three on the day.  Ty Wright also drove in two runs on Thursday.  Anthony Rizzo sat out his second straight game and remains day-to-day.

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Not a very good day for the Cubs minor league system as they went 1-4 on Thursday.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

Kevin Rhoderick is Dealing, Who is He?

  It is our goal here at Born on Third to educate Cubs fans on the talent that sits at the minor league level.  With the way that Theo Epstein has molded this franchise it’s clear that the goal is to have as much talent as possible come from the draft and the farm system.  Wouldn’t you hate to be that one person that has no idea who just got called up to the Cubs?  It makes you look stupid, so don’t look stupid, and learn about the future of the Chicago Cubs here.  Today we feature Kevin Rhoderick.

  Kevin Rhoderick , or “K-Rod” is a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher from Scottsdale, Arizona.  Rhoderick was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Horizon HS (Scottsdale, AZ).  Rhoderick was a stand out at Horizon High for head coach Eric Kisler as he was a three-time all region member and earned all-state honors twice.  Kevin’s senior year was a special one as he was named an All-American as he led his Horizon team to the State Championship where they won it all.  Instead of signing with the Tigers Rhoderick decided to go play baseball for Oregon State University. 

 K-Rod made an immediate impact as a Beaver as he was named to the NCBWA Freshman All-American first team, the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team, the Baseball America Freshman All-American Second team, and received All-Pac-10 honorable mention, not bad for a Freshman.  Rhoderick didn’t have the same success he had as a Freshman during his Sophomore season, although he did have strong conference numbers.  Kevin recaptured the magic during his junior year as he once again received All-Pac-1o honorable mention while going 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA with four saves.  After his Junior year the Cubs selected Kevin in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur draft.

 On April 8, 2011 Rhoderick made his Chicago Cubs professional debut out of the bullpen for the Daytona Cubs.  Rhoderick was stellar out of the pen for the D-Cubs as he tossed 14.1 innings giving up only two earned runs on seven hits.  He was missing bats as well as he registered 19 strike outs over those 14.1 innings.  The Cubs were also impressed with his performance as they promoted Rhoderick to the Double-A Tennessee Smokies at the beginning of May.  The Smokies got much of the same results from Rhoderick as the D-Cubs were enjoying, although Kevin struggled just a bit.  This was to be expected as he was only one month into his professional career and already pitching at Double-A.  Rhoderick’s biggest issue was command, as he walked 37 guys in 57 innings of work.  That was the only issue for K-Rod as he finished the season at Tennessee with a 7-0 record and a 3.47 ERA.  I’m not sure Kevin knows what it feels like to get hit hard, as he only allowed 38 hits in those 57 innings of work.  The final numbers for K-Rod for 2011 were a record of 9-0 with a 3.03 ERA, with 77 strikeouts in 77.1 innings, and he only allowed a total of 45 hits.  After the season baseball america awarded Rhoderick with the “Best Slider” in the system award.

 Kevin started this year in Tennessee, and is still currently pitching for Tennessee in Double-A, but if he continues pitching the way he has he might have a spot in the Iowa Cubs bullpen or even the Chicago Cubs bullpen by September.  Un-hittable might be an understatement when describing Rhoderick’s 2012 season so far.  In 25.2 innings he has only given up two earned runs on 13 hits, he has a 0.70 ERA, and has seven saves.  Beyond impressive right now, what’s more impressive is he seems to be cutting down on the walks as he has only walked 12 guys so far this year compared to 24 strike outs.  In those 25.2 innings he has only given up one home run, in fact over his entire professional career to date (97 innings) he has only given up four home runs, four!  That is a valuable stat for a late inning guy, when he comes in you don’t have to worry about the long ball.

 I’m really excited to see Kevin’s progress this year as I think he has a great shot to help this organization and very soon too.  One of the Cubs biggest weaknesses is organizational pitching depth, and the bullpen has struggled this year as well.  This could be the perfect opportunity for Rhoderick to really get noticed by Cubs brass if he hasn’t already.

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/6: Around the Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on June 6.

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The Chiefs got a good performance out of Gerardo Concpecion as well as the rest of the staff as they blanked Cedar Rapids 4-0.  Concepcion recorded his second win of the season as he went 5.2 innings only giving up two hits and striking out four.  Starling Peralta, Austin Reed each pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Yao-Lin Wang notched his sixth save of the season.  Taiwan Easterling had three hits including his second home run of the season and two RBI’s.  Javier Baez continued his hot hitting as he also had three hits including a triple raising his average to .343.  Zeke DeVoss and Paul Hoilman each had a double and DeVoss scored two runs.

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Matt Loosen recorded his fourth win of the season going 5.2 innings while striking out six and giving up only three hits.  Eduardo Figueroa and Scott Weismann also pitched well as the Cubs blanked the Bradenton Marauders on Wednesday.  John Andreoli had three hits including a triple and also drove a run in.  Taylor Davis, Micah Gibbs, and Chad Noble all added an RBI a piece.

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Tennessee scored a run in both the second and the third inning and added one in the seventh.  Montgomery’s comeback came up short as Tennessee won 3-2.  Trey McNutt had a strong outing winning his fourth game of the season.  He lowered his ERA to 2.35 as he went 5.2 innings giving up three hits and allowing no runs and striking out three.  Kevin Rhoderick threw another scoreless inning lowering his ERA to 0.76.  Frank Batista closed the game out recording his eighth save of the season.  Offensively Justin Bour went 2-for-3 and had a double.  He also drove in two runs bringing his season total to 45.  Luis Flores also added an RBI.

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Pitching was the story throughout the Cubs system on Wednesday as they only gave up two runs in the three games combined.  It would be nice to see that become the trend as the season continues.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

5/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor League recap for May 31, 2012

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Gerardo Concpecion pitched well on Thursday pitching six innings while only giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four.  He departed with the game tied, however Austin Reed gave up a run the seventh and Peoria fell to Burlington 3-2.  Offensive highlights from the Chiefs came from Yasiel Balaguert delivered a two out two RBI base hit to the tie the game at two in the sixth.  Center fielder Yaniel Cabezas also added two hits on the day.  Javier Baez continued to struggle as he went 0-for-4 dropping his average to .125

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Tennessee had a great pitching performance by Eric Jokisch and company on Thursday as they defeated Huntsville 4-1.  The Smokies got the scoring started in the third when Micahel Burgess connected on his fifth home run of the year.  Huntsville tied the game in the fifth at one.  The Smokies broke the tie in the seventh when James Adduci doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.  Junior Lake would have an RBI double and later score on a sacrifice fly by Rebel Ridling in the eighth to give Tennessee a 4-1 lead.  Jokisch, who did not factor in the decision pitched 6.1 innings allowing one run on only one hit, but he did walk six.  Brian Schlitter got the last two outs of the seventh and got his first win of the year.  Keven Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Frank Batista struck out the side to record his seventh save of the year.

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 Nothing is more exciting than a walk-off win, and that is exactly what Ronald Torreyes did connecting on his first home run of the season and giving Daytona a 7-6 victory.  Including Torreyes, Chad Noble, Rubi Silva, Greg Rohan, and Arismendy Alcantara all had two hits on the day.  Brevard County got the scoring started in the first scoring three runs.  Daytona would put up six spot in the third highlighted by a Nelson Perez grandslam.  For Perez it was his eight home run and he now has 34 RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was not at his best on Thursday, but after allowing two more runs in the fifth left in line for the win, however Brevard County tied the game in the eighth.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless ninth and when Torreyes connected on his shot in the bottom half he received his first win of the season.

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GAME 1 (7 innings)

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In Game 1 of the split double-header on Thursday Iowas won 4-1.  Iowas got the scoring in the third when Brett Jackson delivered a two out RBI single to drive in Juan Apodaca who had two hits on the day.  After Omaha tied it in the third Brett Jackson would drive in his second of the night with a sacrifice fly to drive in Dave Sappelt.  The Cubs would add two in the seventh with two outs when Luis Valbuena and Ty Wright both walked to drive in runs three and four.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and 4.1 allowing one run on four hits while striking out four.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the win going 1.1 innings and Rafael Dolis got the save.  Good news for Cub fans he struck out two and did not walk anybody.

GAME 2 (7 innings)

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Omaha jumped on Jay Jackson and the Cubs early and Iowa was never able to rebound.  The lone offensive highlight came from Brett Jackson who hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth.  Ty Wright was the only other Cub to record a hit in game two.  The same could not be said for Omaha who had eleven hits and ten runs in seven innings.  Jay Jackson gave up the firs six runs and Shane Lindsay had a very rough outing walking four of the five batters he faced.  All four runs in the sixth were charged to him and the Cubs lost 10-1 in game 2.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

 

5/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/29/12, enjoy.

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It almost took all night, well it actually did, but the Chiefs walked off in the 14th inning to beat Wisconsin 4-3.  Kyler Burke started for the Chiefs and was good, but struggled with his command.  He went five innings and only allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit.  Burke walked five guys which is why he did not go deeper into the game.  Ryan Cuneo was 2-for-5 with his fourth home run of the season.  Javy Baez was 0-for-5 on the night but did have a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

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Game 1:  Robert Whitenack made his 2012 debut with the D-Cubs after coming back from Tommy John Surgery, and it didn’t go so well.  Whitenack gave up ten hits over four and a-third while giving up three runs to take the loss.  The D-Cubs couldn’t get anything going offensively as they only scored one run on six hits.  Richard Jones was 2-for-3 with a double at the plate in a losing effort.

Game 2:  PJ Francescon went the distance (only 7 innings in double-headers) but ended up on the wrong end of the decision as Brevard County completed the double-header sweep with a 5-2 win over Daytona.  Francescon went six innings and gave up five runs all earned, on eight hits, he walked three and struck out five.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run.  Greg Rohan was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 9th home run on the season and two RBI’s.

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Nicholas Struck was outstanding as he shut down the Huntsville Stars over six innings to lead the Smokies to a 3-2 victory.  Struck didn’t give up any runs over six innings, he allowed only three hits, walked one, and struck out nine.  Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the lead-off spot.  Jae-Hoon Ha also had two hits in the victory, a victory that was closed out by Kevin Rhoderick.  Rhoderick has been lights out, he earned his 6th save of the season and lowered his ERA to 0.83.

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The I-Cubs have something going right now, they staged a furious rally to beat Omaha 5-4 for their 5th straight victory.  Trailing 4-1 in the 8th inning against the first place team was nothing for this group.  The I-Cubs scored two runs in the 7th and added two more in the 8th to cap the thrilling victory.  Josh Vitters is on a roll once again as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with his 7th home run of the season, he also had a walk and two runs scored.  Dave Sappelt continues to be a two-hit machine as he was 2-for-4 in the victory.  Chris Rusin started for the Cubs, and ended with a no decision as he gave up four runs in six innings of work.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.


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Peoria jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and that was all they needed as they knocked off Clinton 3-1.  Starling Peralta was very good for the Chiefs as he worked four innings only allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zeke DeVoss got things started at the top as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman continues to hit the ball hard as he went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, he is now hitting .298 on the season.

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Heartbreaking, that’s the only way you can describe the D-Cubs loss to Clearwater as they fell 2-1, giving up both runs in the top of the ninth.  The blown save spoiled Austin Kirk’s outstanding performance on the mound.  Kirk, who has been one of the best pitchers in the Cubs organization this year went 8 scoreless innings, only allowing seven hits, walking none, and striking out four, his ERA is now at 2.34 on the season.  Micah Gibbs, Rubi Silva, and Dustin Harrington all had three hits at the plate as Daytona finished with one run on nine hits.

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The Smokies held Mobile in check all night, but that was almost not good enough as Mobile’s comeback came up short giving the Smokies a 4-3 win.  Mobile only had two hits on the night, but managed to plate three runs, timely hitting I guess.  Eric Jokisch was really good for the Smokies tossing five innings of one hit baseball, he only allowed two runs, walked one, and struck out three.  Kevin Rhoderick came on in relief and was lights out, what else is new, his ERA drops to 0.90 on the season.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha popped his second home run of the season, and James Adduci finished his day 2-for-2, he’s now hitting .312 on the year.

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Anthony Rizzo did not start so might as well skip this game, I’m kidding of course.  Rodrigo Lopez started this game and left after one pitch with a sore groin.  Jay Jackson jumped into duty and was terrific going five innings allowing one run on three hits, he walked two, and struck out five.  Carlos Marmol got some work in on his way back to the Cubs, he worked one inning, giving up a hit and a walk with a strike out.  The I-Cubs only managed five hits, but had just enough to pull out a 2-1 win.  Luis Valbuena was 1-for-4 at the plates with a game winning solo home run in the ninth inning.

Thanks for reading,
– George

4/20: Tennessee Edges Chattanooga

Brooks Raley was awesome Friday night going six innings, giving up two runs on three hits to earn a no decision.  Kevin Rhoderick came in and was equally effective, holding the Lookouts scoreless over the next inning and 1/3rd to come out with the victory.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Logan Watkins, and Juan Apodaca all had two hits for the Smokies, as they were able to complete the comeback by scoring in the 7th inning to take the lead 3-2.  Full box score after the jump.

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