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In a game made meaningless by West Tennessee's loss earlier in the day, the Smokies fell to the Mobile Bay Bears, 3-2. However, the loss by the Diamond Jaxx meant that Tennessee clinched the first half divisional title. It was their second straight title, as the Smokies won the second-half title last season.
Chris Carpenter started and allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. One of the two runs was unearned. Carpenter walked two and struck out five.
Alex Maestri allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth to take the loss. Maestri threw 1.2 innings and allowed the one run on a hit and a walk. Maestri fanned two.
Thomas Diamond pitched effectively, giving up two runs on four hits over his six inning start. He commanded the strike zone by fanning six and walking zero.
The bullpen shut down the Isotopes the rest of the way. Jeff Samardzija went four shutout innings and allowed only two hits and no walks. The Shark struck out two.
Catcher Welington Castillo was 2 for 6 with a double. He had one RBI and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 14th.
Third baseman Marquez Smith was 3 for 6 with a double and an RBI. Center fielder Sam Fuld was 2 for 6.
Starter Dae-Eun Rhee gave up a two-run home run in the first innings, but shut the Blue Jays down the rest of the way. Rhee went six innings and allowed only three hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Rhee and the bullpen shut down Dunedin after the first inning. James Leverton got the win by pitching the top of the eleventh. He surrendered one hit and issued one intentional walk. He did not have a strike out.
Center fielder Brett Jackson continues to stay hot with two more doubles tonight. Jackson was 2 for 5 with a stolen base, his 14th on the year. Jackson scored once and batted one in. Jackson's OPS for the month of June is 1.033.
First baseman Rebel Ridling was 3 for 5 with an RBI.
The Chiefs were held up by the Quad City River Bandits, 7-3.
Starter Jeffry Antigua turned in a good start tonight by giving up only one run over four innings. Antigua allowed five hits and a walk while striking out six River Bandits.
Larry Suarez took the loss in relief. He was torched for four runs (three earned) in only 1.2 innings. He also allowed two inherited runners to score. Suarez gave up three hits, including a three-run home run. He walked two and struck out one.
First baseman Justin Bour hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the season. Bour was 2 for 5.
Left fielder DJ Fitzgerald was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. Right fielder Nelson Perez was 2 for 4. Left fielder Francisco Guzman went 2 for 4 with a steal.
Aramis Ramirez, in his rehab start, was 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout.
The Hawks won their first game of the year by beating the Yakima Bears, 5-3.
Marcus Hatley started and went two scoreless innings. The only black mark on his record tonight was a hit batter. Hatley fanned one.
Juan Serrano got the win because Hatley didn't go five innings, although Serrano did allow two runs over four innings.
DH Jesus Morelli was 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. First baseman Brandon May was 2 for 4 with an RBI.