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Smokies win second half title with 6-0 win Monday
Tennessee clinches first playoff berth for the fourth time in five years
08/27/2013 12:15 AM ET
Javier Baez watches his 18th home run clear the fence Monday night
Javier Baez watches his 18th home run clear the fence Monday night (Jeff Waymire)

KODAK, Tenn. - For the fourth time in five years, the Tennessee Smokies are playoff bound thanks to a 6-0 win over the Mobile BayBears Monday night at Smokies Park.

Tennessee (37-24, 71-61) got on the board early as they scored two runs in the first inning off of BayBears starter Andrew Chafin (10-7). Matt Szczur and John Andreoli led off the game with back-to-back singles and then Javier Baez hit a single of his own to score Szczur. Two batters later, Christian Villanueva hit a sacrifice fly to score Andreoli.

In the third inning, Baez hit a sacrifice fly of his own to score Szczur again. Szczur reached on a fielding error and moved from first to third on an Andreoli walk and a wild pitch.

Baez kept the offensive attack going in the seventh inning as he hit a two-run home run that went an estimated 415 feet out of Smokies Park. It was Baez's 18th home run of the season and his 35th overall this season between Hi-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee.

Smokies starter Matt Loosen (2-3) pitched seven strong innings, only giving up three hits, three walks and struck out six.

Reliever Armando Rivero pitched a clean eighth inning and recorded a strikeout and Frank Batista pitched the ninth in a non-save situation. Batista gave up a hit but struck out one in his inning of relief.

Baez finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs. Jonathan Mota also collected a RBI in the win.

The Smokies will play their final regular season home game Tuesday night at 7:15 at Smokies Park. Southpaw Eric Jokisch (10-12, 3.50) takes the mound for the Smokies in the rubber match game against right-hander Bo Schultz (5-3, 2.69). Tuesday is Fan Appreciation Night at Smokies Park. For tickets or more information, please visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call 865-286-2300.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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