9/2 Tennessee heads to playoffs
Tennessee lost it’s regular season finale to Chattanooga to finish 76-62 for the season. However, the Smokies are headed to the playoffs.
The Smokies scored in the third when John Andreoli and Taylor Davis each singled, and with one out, Matt Szczur lined out to center, allowing Andreoli to score. With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, Christian Villanueva hit his 19th home run of the season over the fence in right field to pull the Smokies within two runs at 4-2.
The Smokies drew within a run in the top of the fifth inning. Taylor Davis doubled with one out and advanced to third on a groundout. An infield single by Szczur allowed the Smokies catcher to score and make it a 4-3 game.
Eric Jokisch (11-13, 3.42) took the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings pitched.
Tennessee will open its best of five game series Thursday night in Birmingham in the North Division Championship Series.