Smokies drop Game 2, will face Blue Wahoos for league title

The Tennessee Smokies fell to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7-1 Tuesday night at Smokies Stadium in Game 2 of the Southern League Championship Series, tying the series at a game apiece. The decisive, winner-take-all game 3 will be played Wednesday night.

Tennessee took an early 1-0 lead as Yonathan Perlaza doubled in a run in the third inning, and behind a brilliant start from Riley Thompson (5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K), the Smokies were well on their way to their first championship since 1978. Tennessee’s bullpen, however, turned in its worst outing of the postseason in the loss.

The Smokies’ relief staff allowed seven runs in the top of the sixth inning. Dalton Stambaugh recorded the first two outs of the inning before being charged with a run. Tennessee brought in Michael McAvene (L, 0-1) for his Double-A debut, but the right-hander allowed five runs without getting an out.

The Smokies will look to clinch the Championship Series Wednesday night at Smokies Stadium in a winner-take-all game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM ET. Fans can catch the action at https://www.milb.com/tennessee/fans/audio-listen-live.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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