9/8 Minor matters – UPDATED

Sunday games

* Tennessee beat Birmingham, 10-7, in a slugfest on Sunday to even the best-of-five Southern League North Division Championship Series at two wins apiece. The deciding Game 5 will be Monday. Neil Ramirez is scheduled to start for the Smokies.

The Smokies totaled 11 hits. Matt Szczur and Jonathan Mota each had three RBIs and Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run single in the third and Taylor Davis hit a two-run double in the sixth. Szczur hit a two-run double with two outs in the fourth and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Mota hit a RBI single in the fourth and a two-run triple in the eighth.

* Jonathan Quinonez delivered a pinch-hit solo home run in the eighth and a walkoff RBI single in the ninth to lead Charlotte over Daytona and post a 3-2 victory in the Florida State League Championship. The two teams will meet on Monday in Game 4 in the best-of-five series.

Corey Black gave up one hit over six scoreless innings, and Dan Vogelbach and Chadd Krist each drove in a run. Vogelbach hit a RBI single in the first, and Krist hit a RBI double in the seventh. Pin-Chieh Chen also had three hits. Charlotte then scored in the eighth on Quinonez’s solo home run, and rain stopped play for 1 hour 33 minutes.

When play resumed, Charlotte had Ryan McChesney at second with one out in the eighth, and McChesney tried to score on Jake Hager’s single. But center fielder Zeke DeVoss threw McChesney out at home. Charlotte manager Brady Williams argued the call, and was ejected. Willie Argo then grounded out to end the inning.

Jeff Malm hit a game-tying RBI single with one out in the Charlotte ninth off Zach Cates, and Quinonez, who stayed in the game in left, delivered the game-winning RBI single.

* Vancouver beat Boise, 4-2, on Sunday to force a third and decisive game Monday to decide the Northwest League champion in the best of three series. Corbin Hoffner took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings in front of 4,655. Boise starter Paul Blackburn struck out nine over five innings, and gave up one run on three hits. Jordan Hankins hit a RBI double in the second for Boise to tie the game at 1. The Hawks didn’t score again until the eighth when pinch-hitter Jesse Hodges doubled and eventually scored on Danny Lockhart’s single.


Ed Lake needs some coaching on throwing to a cutoff man. Burma Shave manager needs to rethink bringing in a left-hander to face a right handed batter.With any type managing skills many of the late inning losses by the Cubs could be chalked up as wins.

If not many at least some of the season’s losses could have been avoided if we had a better manager. I’m hoping for a much better manager when the team’s roster is improved in a couple of years. The players being inadequate does not mean the manager should be.

I thought Lake’s first name was Junior, like in Junior Gilliam. But Ed, wow! I’ve got to look that one up. I’ve called Sveum the Gillette man, but Joe, I like Burma Shave a lot better. Now all of us can think up some stubble, rubble, dark shadow rhymes and post them. The whole team needs to know where the cut- off man belongs and the outfielders should be working on it everyday to get the ball to him in the quickest and most accurate way. It’s always the little things that make teams turn big corner’s and we’re not there yet.

Not sure about that, but we could get his hunting buddy shooting lessons. OK that might be over the top. SORRY.

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