The Smokies tied up their best-of-five series at a game apiece as they eclipsed the Huntsville Stars, 3-1.
The Smokies won on some dominating pitching tonight, led by starting and winning pitcher Casey Coleman. Coleman went 7.2 innings tonight and allowed only one run on four hits. He actually had a two-hitter going with two out in the eighth, but he then allowed a single and a double to put the tying run on second. He was removed for closer Brian Schlitter, who got out of the inning on a fly out and then pitched the ninth to pick up the save.
For the record, Coleman went 7.2 innings and allowed the one run on four hits. He didn't walk anyone and only struck out one. He left the game having tossed only 77 pitches, so he was very effective pitching to contact.
Schlitter threw 1.1 innings for the save. He walked one batter in the ninth, but was otherwise untouched. He did not strike out anyone.
The Smokies scored two runs in the top of the first inning, which was all their pitchers would need. First baseman Blake Lalli singled home center fielder James Adduci, who had doubled earlier. Then third baseman Marquez Smith scored on a passed ball after having earlier reached on an error.
The Smokies scored and insurance run in the sixth inning when Adduci scored on a Starlin Castro sac fly.
Adduci was the hitting star of the game, going 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
The Smokies return home tomorrow for Game 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) of the series.