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6/6 All-Star Smokies

Four members of Double-A Tennessee were named to the Southern League All-Star Game.  Position players Jim Adduci and Justin Bour will join Frank Batista and Kevin Rhoderick on the North Division team for the June 19 game, to be played at Smokies Park. Players were selected by a vote of Southern League field managers, radio broadcasters, general managers and print media. Adduci, 27, will make his third appearance on an All-Star team, having being named to both the Florida State League’s mid-season and postseason teams in 2008.  Batista, 23, was named to an All-Star team for the third time in his young career.  The right-handed reliever was named to the FSL mid-season and postseason squads in 2011.  This season, Batista has converted all seven of his save opportunities and has a 1.23 ERA. Bour, 24, heads into the All-Star break as one of the Southern League’s big hitters.  His 43 RBIs leads the Southern League, and he is also tied for the team lead in home runs (6) and second in doubles (13). Rhoderick, 23, was named to his first All-Star team in only his second season of professional baseball. A right-handed reliever, he has an 0.79 ERA with six saves.

— Carrie Muskat 

6/4 Smokies staff to handle All-Stars

Double-A Tennessee announced Monday that Smokies manager Buddy Bailey and his staff will lead the North Division in the 2012 U.S. Cellular Southern League All-Star Game on June 19 at Smokies Park.  Joining Bailey will be Smokies hitting coach Mariano Duncan, pitching coach Jeff Fassero, athletic trainer Aaron Larson, strength and conditioning coach Tyler Evans and coach Nate Maldonado. This is Bailey’s second season with the Smokies and 24th as a Minor League manager.

— Carrie Muskat

5/6 Minor moves

Infielder Jonathan Mota was promoted to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, and pitcher Daniel Berlind was released by the Cubs. Mota was hitting .293 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 21 games at Double-A Tennessee. Berlind appeared in one game with Iowa after being promoted from Tennessee on April 30.

The Smokies made a move and added infielder Junior Lake to the roster. Lake, 22, will see his first action of the season.  He spent last year between Class A Daytona and Tennessee. Lake had been bothered by back problems and was rehabbing at the Cubs extended Spring Training facility in Mesa, Ariz.

— Carrie Muskat

11/7 Congrats to AA Smokies

Double-A Tennessee was named organization of the year in Minor League baseball by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Smokies are the 2011 recipient of the John H. Johnson President’s Award, given annually to the complete baseball franchise. The award is based on franchise stability, and significant contributions to the community, its league and the baseball industry.  This is the first such honor for Tennessee, who also becomes the first Southern League club to win the award since its inception in 1974. On the field, the Smokies won their third consecutive North Division championship.  At the gate, the team enjoyed its highest per-game average attendance (3,960) in club history. The Smokies will be honored at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 8.

— Carrie Muskat

9/19 Smokies lose SLCS

Tennessee was unable to overcome a five-run deficit and lost 6-4 to Mobile Sunday in the Southern League Championship Series. With the win, the Bay Bears took the best of five series, 3-1. Tennessee ended the season 83-57. The Smokies’ Jae-Hoon Ha hit a solo homer in the first but the Bay Bears answered quickly as Josh Ford hit a two-run homer in the second. Mobile starter and Diamondbacks’ first-round pick Trevor Bauer gave up three hits over five innings.

Matt Davidson homered off Marcus Hatley to lead off the Mobile sixth, then Marc Krauss walked and Taylor Harbin singled to put two on. Ford singled to right, and an error by Jim Adduci enabled both runs to score. Jacob Elmore capped off the scoring with a sac fly to make it 6-1. Nelson Perez added a pinch-hit RBI single in the Smokies’ seventh and Ha hit a two-run double to close to 6-4.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/18 Smokies win over Mobile

Nelson Perez homered in the eighth inning to spark a three-run rally and lead Tennessee to a 4-2 win over Mobile Saturday in Game 3 of the Southern League Championship Series.  With the win, the Smokies keep their playoff hopes alive, as Mobile now leads the best-of-five series 2-1.

Mobile took a quick 2-0 lead but Nate Samson hit a RBI double to close to 2-1.  In the eighth, Perez led off with a solo homer to tie the game. Jim Adduci and Blake Lalli both walked, and Rebel Ridling ripped an RBI single to go ahead, 3-2. An error allowed pinch runner David Macias to score, extending the lead to 4-2. Jeff Beliveau (1-0) got the win and Rafael Dolis picked up the save.

Game 4 will be played Sunday at Smokies Park. Trey McNutt is slated to start for Tennesse against Mobile right-hander Trevor Bauer.

— Carrie Muskat

9/16 Smokies lose 1-0 in 11 innings

Tennessee is down 2-0 in the best of five Southern League Championship Series after losing 1-0 in 11 innings Thursday to Mobile. Ollie Linton hit a RBI single in the 11th for the game’s only run. Mobile can clinch the championship with a win in Game 3, to be played Saturday at Smokies Park. Tennessee relief pitcher Rafael Dolis (0-1) took the loss after giving up Linton’s game-winning single. The Smokies collected six hits, led by Blake Lalli, who went 2-for-4. Brooks Raley gave up one hit over six innings for Tennessee, and struck out five. The Smokies also turned four inning-ending double plays. Ryan Searle is slated to start Game 3 for Tennessee against lefty Tyler Skaggs.

— Carrie Muskat

9/15 Smokies lose Game 1

Mobile scored five runs with two outs in the third inning en route to a 6-3 win Wednesday over Tennessee in Game 1 of the Southern League Championship Series. A.J. Pollock hit a two-run single and Ryan Wheeler added a three-run homer in the third to give Patrick Corbin (1-1) the win. Marco Carrillo took the loss, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk. The Smokies took a 1-0 lead on Jae-Hoon Ha’s homer in the first. Pinch-hitter Ty Wright hit a two-run homer in the fifth to close to 5-3 but that’s as close as the Smokies could get.

Game 2 will be Thursday in Mobile. Brooks Raley is slated to start for the Smokies against Jarrod Parker.

— Carrie Muskat

9/11 Cubs Minor League report

Tennessee won its third straight Southern League North Division Championship with a 7-2 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. The win completed a sweep, and gave the Smokies a berth in the Southern League Championship Series, expected to begin Wednesday. Trey McNutt earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Rebel Ridling drove in four runs, including a two-run triple in the first and a two-run single in the fourth. Jae-Hoon Ha turned a double play to end the bottom of the sixth as he made a running catch on a fly ball by Travis Denker then doubled up Jake Lemmerman at first to end the inning. Ha also made another highlight reel grab to end the eighth, stealing a base hit away from Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The Smokies will play the winner of the South Division Championship Series (either Mobile or Birmingham).

* The Daytona Cubs are one win away from their first Florida State League title in three years. The D-Cubs beat St. Lucie, 10-4, on Saturday to win Game 2 of the best-of-five series. Justin Bour had two hits, including a three-run homer. Five Cubs had multiple hits, and Matt Szczur finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Frank Del Valle threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight. Jake Optiz also homered.

* For Michael Brenly, Sept. 11, 2001, was a day he’ll never forget. He was 15 then and the bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were playing the Yankees in the World Series. His dad, Bob Brenly, now the Cubs TV analyst, was the D-Backs manager. Father and son went to Ground Zero when the team was in New York for the Series. Michael took off his plastic hard hat and asked some of the volunteers there to sign it. The family still has the hat, mounted on the wall of their Arizona home.

“That was a life-changing day,” Michael told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “For us to get to go down there so quickly after that happened, I would say it was something that no one wanted to see, but it was something I cherished the opportunity to see. Going into it, I was a little skeptical, because I knew it would be a lot of emotion. But I’m very happy that I did it. I wouldn’t trade that experience, getting to meet them.

“They were digging through fire and smoke to give those families any kind of hope that they could,” said Michael, now a catcher for the Daytona team. “Those guys are real heroes, giving their time and their effort and long days without their families.”

— Carrie Muskat


9/8 Cubs Minor League report

Double-A Tennessee opens the best of five North Division Championship Series on Thursday against Chattanooga. The Lookouts took the season series, 13-11. Brooks Raley (8-10, 4.22) was slated to start for Tennessee. The Smokies finished first in the North in the first half but manager Brian Harper said he had a different team in the second half.

“The first half we had the Brett Jacksons, the [Ryan] Flahertys, the [DJ] LeMahieus, the so-called prospects of the organization,” Harper said. “The second half has been more about the Ty Wrights, [Jim] Adducis, [Blake] Lallis and [Steve] Clevengers, the guys who have been here a while.”

* Daytona evened its best of three Division Series against Dunedin with a 3-1 win Wednesday. Jeff Antigua, 21, gave up one run on four hits over seven innings for the win. Matt Szczur hit a sixth inning solo homer and Justin Bour and Elliot Soto each drove in a run. The deciding game is Thursday. Matt Loosen (2-3, 4.42) is slated to start for the D-Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat