Birmingham drops second series as part of two-game skid
Eloy Jimenez notched his sixth straight multiple hit game with a double and two-run homer on Sunday.
By John McClung / Birmingham Barons | May 6, 2018 4:51 PM
The Tennessee Smokies (15-14) scattered six runs on 10 hits Sunday afternoon on their way to a 6-2 win over the Birmingham Barons (14-16) at Smokies Stadium. The rubber game loss marks just the second series surrendered by the Barons in 2018.
Turning Points: Zack Short punched out is third homer of the series, a first-inning solo shot to put the Smokies up for good. Jason Vosler added to the lead with a two-run double in the third, while an RBI single from Jeffrey Baez in the fourth, a wild pitch in the fifth, and a solo home run in the eighth sunk the Barons in the series finale.
Moments That Mattered:After Eloy Jimenez brought the Barons within striking distance with a two-run shot to left-center in the top of the fifth, Tennessee deflated the Barons' momentum with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame to push the score line to 5-2.
By the Numbers: Jimenez's fifth-inning homer gives the Barons its league-leading 32nd home run of the season and its 26th in 15 games. The Sox No. 1 prospect now has six home runs this year, tying with Seby Zavala and Matt Rose for the team lead.Jimenez also added a double to his stat line on the day, notching his sixth-straight multiple hut game and pushing his hitting streak to 10 games.
Facts and Figures: Zack Collins continued to draw free passes on Sunday, recording his ninth walk of the series and his Southern League-leading 28th walk on the season. With the walk, Collins has now reached base in his last 12 games.
Up Next: The Barons return to Regions Field, beginning a five-game homestand against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Monday. Right-Hander Dane Dunning (2-0, 2.25 ERA) will get the start in the series opener against Daniel Wright (2-1, 6.59 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Curt Bloom will have the call on 960 WERC News Radio and the iHeart Radio app.
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