The Smokies fell to the the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 8-3 in Game 1 of the first round of the best-of-five Southern League Playoffs.
The game got off to a bad start when Chris Archer allowed two runs in the second inning. But the roof caved in during the fourth inning, when Archer failed to retire any of the six batters he faced, and two Diamond Jaxx hitters homered. All six runners eventually came around to score. Archer's final line on the night was 3+ innings pitched, giving up eight runs on eight hits. Two of the eight runs were unearned. Archer walked three and struck out three.
After that, Kyle Smit, Ryan Buchter and Aaron Shafer kept West Tennessee off the scoreboard the rest of the way (although Smit did allow a runner inherited from Archer to score), but the hole was too great with the Smokies down eight runs.
Third baseman Russ Canzler hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to get the Smokies on the board. Canzler was 1 for 5 on the night.
Center fielder Tony Campana went 2 for 4 with a walk and the other Smokies RBI. First baseman Blake Lalli was 2 for 3 with two walks. He scored on Canzler's home run.
Second baseman Tony Thomas was 3 for 4 tonight. It must have been the haircut.
Game 2 is tomorrow night at 6:15 Central Time at Smokies Park. You can listen to the game for free online at smokiesonradio.com