The Tennessee Smokies lost to the Jacksonville Suns, 1-0. For the second year in a row, the Smokies lost the Southern League Championship to Jacksonville three games to one.
Craig Muschko did everything he could to win the game for the Smokies. Muschko pitched seven innings and allowed only one baserunner, a leadoff single in the third inning. Muschko struck out six.
The score was still tied going into the eighth inning when Kyle Smit allowed a one out single. He was promptly replaced by Luke Sommer, who retired the next two batters to end the inning. But after the Smokies failed to score in the top of the ninth, Sommer took the mound in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff solo home run to Suns catcher Chris Hatcher to end the game, the series and the season.
For the second game in a row, the Smokies failed to score in Jacksonville. They had eight baserunners (four singles, four walks) compared to Jacksonville's three, but never got a man past second base. Left fielder Brandon Guyer was 2 for 4 with a caught stealing.
So for the second season in a row, the Smokies fall to Jacksonville in the Southern League Championship. It was a great season anyway.
And this is my last recap of the minor league season. I may do a few updates on the Arizona Fall League, but I won't do a daily report. Thank you all for reading and I'll see you in 2011.
Go I-Cubs! Go Smokies! Go D-Cubs! Go Chiefs! Go Hawks!