Smokies Speed on Display at Sloan Park

Zach Davis led off the 1st inning with a HR, doubled, walked, and stole two bases, Delvin Zinn collected three singles, walked, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Connor Myers belted a two-run HR, as the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs AA affiliate) and the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels AA affiliate) played to a 6-6 tie in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Thursday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Brennen Davis left the game after being hit on the side of his face with a pitch. He was on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes before leaving under his own power, but there was quite a bit of blood left behind on home plate.  

Here is the abridged box score fom the game (Cubs players only) 
1. Zach Davis, DH #1: 2-3 (HR, BB, F-8, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SB) 
2. Jared Young, LF-RF: 0-4 (F-7, F-8, K, K)
3a. Levi Jordan, 2B: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
3b. Scott McKeon, 2B: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
4. Christopher Morel, CF: 0-3 (BB, 5-3, K, F-8, R)
5a. Eric Castillo, C: 0-2 (BB, F-7, 6-3)
5b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (5-3)
6a. Brennen Davis, DH #2: 0-2 (5-4 FC, F-7, HBP, RBI) 
6b. Christian Donahue, PR-DH: 0-1 (5-3, SB) 
7. Andy Weber, SS: 0-4 (L-7, 3-U, K, K)
8. Delvin Zinn, 3B: 3-3 (1B, BB, 1B, 1B, 2 R, 2 SB, CS)
9a. Connor Myers, RF: 1-3 (5-3, HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
9b. Vance Vizcaino, LF: 0-1 (K) 
10. Tyler Durna, 1B: 0-1 (F-7 SF, HBP, 6-3, RBI)

1. Matt Swarmer: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GO/AO, 45 pitches (25 strikes) 
2. C. D. Pelham: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2/2 GO/AO, 35 pitches (22 strikes)
3. Dakota Mekkes:  0.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Aneuris Rosario: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 30 pitches (16 strikes) 

Eric Castillo: 0-2 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's


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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Madison, AL is getting Mobile, AL's team (mobile bay bears).

Huntsville + Madison are pretty much a continous city/bedroom community at this point and the area has a -lot- of money + tech/space jobs + is due to grow steadily for years to come.

they're "rocket city" to encompass the area, not just Madison, and the "trash pandas" because lol raccoons.

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In reply to by Eric S

it's even better, they are the Rocket City Trash Pandas (which is a nickname for Racoons). They are the AA affiliate of the Dodgers. The current franchise moved from Mobile (Bay Bears) in 2017.  Huntsville (Stars), which is essentially Rocket City, moved to Biloxi, MS in 2015 and are now the Biloxi Shuckers.

Rocket City got it's name from Werner von Braun who was a leading developer of the US rocket and space program including NASA's origins. He moved to Huntsville in the 1950's. WVB's wiki page shows his complex and very interesting history including German origins and work during WWII. It's worth a read.

Minor leage ball has certainly gained a nice sense as to the importance of name  flamboyance. My friend in Jacksonville (AA-Marlins) is looking forward to seeing the Jumbo Shrimp this year. I love all these great team names and logos.

Lets hope Brennan Davis is OK, getting hit in the face sounds really bad and dangerous. Tony Conigliaro (Jack Hamilton, damaged eye) and Ron Santo (Jack Fisher, fractured cheek bones) have been there, done that. 

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