Game 3 finds us about 30 minutes east of Knoxville for the first game of the final Smokies' homestand against...who else?...the AA affiliate of the Chicago Sox.
BIR 3 9 1
TNS 4 8 0
An excellent pitching performance by sub-2 ERA starter Chris Archer (we saw him pitch for the Chiefs during last year's tour!), he leaves the game with the lead but reliever Marco Carillo immediately offers a HR ball to Cole Armstrong to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the 9th. The game went 11 innings, but a spectacular walk-off wild pitch with the bases loaded ended the game for the Barons in just under 3 hours. We got to hear "the song," as 'Go Cubs Go' was blaring loud and proud...it was so exciting to hear it again after so long, I forgot to get the 'official' final scoreboard picture.
No game balls tonight (we could have bought one in the gift shop for $8.50), but I was fortunate enough to get my scoresheet signed by RP Tyrelle Harris and none other than Brett Jackson. We're 3-0 in 'home' wins on the tour so far.
We visited Knoxville, my Aunt was in town helping my Cousin (a first-year student at UT) move in to her apartment. This is Neyland Auditorium, getting ready fo football season!
Lunch at Stefano's, it's "Chicago Style Pizza"
We can see straight down the home dugout from our seats!!
Chris Archer, nice job (no W tonight for him, but his record this season: 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA!)
Attendance right at 2,525 for the night...
The DOUBLE PLAY ball!
Brett Jackson at bat (he went 1 for 5, R, 3K)
Brett Jackson watches the extra-inning mayhem from the dugout
My AUTOGRAPHED Scoresheets!
Souvenir Program (the Official Scorecard was the 2 pages in the center of the Program)
Gameday Stats and Roster