Jackson, TN- For the second game in the series the Tennessee Smokies (35-45, 8-2) pounded out 20 or more hits in the process of a third blowout win in the series beating the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (44-36, 3-7) at Pringles Park, 12-6 Friday Night. The win marked the teams sixth straight which is a season long.
Tennessee scored first for fourth consecutive game at Pringles Park. Sam Fuld and Nate Spears both singled in the top of the first. Diamond Jaxx starter Ryan Ketchner balked the pair to second and third for Jake Fox. Fox then hit a deep pop-fly to right field that scored Fuld.
Mike Wilson evened the score at 1-1 with deep double in the bottom of the first. His blast was played off the fence by Fuld who relayed it in time to catch Wilson in between second and third base. The running blunder shortened the inning as West Tenn could not add another score.
The Smokies would post four runs between the second and third innings. Sam Fuld batted home two in the third inning with his bases loaded single. Matt Craig singled and Welington Castillo doubled to set the table in the fourth. Deeds sacrifice fly scored Craig, then Josh Lansford drove Castillo across the plate with a base hit to make it 5-2.
Matt Craig lifted a homerun off the top of the left-center field sixteen foot fence and over. The three-run shot was followed by a solo homerun by Castillo for a 9-2 Smokies lead.
The Diamond Jaxx went deep twice in the bottom of the fifth off Smokies starter Donnie Veal. First Greg Holliman then three batters later Adam Moore which made the score 9-6.
The Smokies would add another three runs between the seventh and eighth innings to ice the game. Matt Matulia got the seventh going with a drag bunt single. He would then move to second on a throwing error, and scored when Spears grounded out. Tyler Colvin tripled home Spears to make it 11-6. Spears drove home Lansford in the eighth which added a twelfth Tennessee run.
The Smokies continue their series Saturday Night in Jackson, TN. Alex Maestri (0-0) will make his Tennessee debut start against the Diamond Jaxx left hander Justin Thomas (5-5).