KODAK, Ten. - David Bote's 11th-inning single with the bases loaded and two outs gave the Tennessee Smokies (48-41) a dramatic walk-off victory over the Biscuits on Wednesday night at Smokies Stadium in the series finale of a four-game set. Tennessee, who entered this series 2-8 against the Biscuits this season, have now won three straight against Montgomery, and with the win took their first series over the Butter and Blue since August of 2015.
Hunter Adkins made his second-consecutive spot start for the Biscuits, and impressed, tossing five innings of one-run ball on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts in a no decision. Kevin Cornelius' RBI-groundout in the second was the lone run the right-hander surrendered, and it gave Tennessee an early 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Biscuits would finally even the score against Smokies starter Preston Morrison when Dalton Kelly launched his sixth home run of the season over the left field wall. Kelly now has those six round-trippers and 15 RBI in his first 15 Double-A games.
The score would remain knotted at one until the 11th when Mike Broadway (0-1) entered the game for the Biscuits, and ended a streak of 14 consecutive batters retired by Montgomery pitchers when he walked Carlos Penalver with one out. The Biscuits had previously gotten a string of five combined scoreless innings from Kyle Bird, Ian Gibaut, and Kyle Winkler.
After walking the shortstop, Broadway then hit Daniel Spingola, and after a passed ball moved runners to second and third, Trey Martin was intentionally walked to load the bases. Biscuits skipper Brady Williams then brought the birthday boy Nathan Lukes (23) in from center as a fifth infielder, and after Charcer Burks grounded into a fielder's choice, Bote stepped up and poked a single into left-center field to score Spingola and hand the Biscuits their third-straight loss.
Montgomery will try to get back on track on Thursday night against the Jackson Generals when Genesis Cabrera (2-1) takes on Taylor Clarke (8-4) at 6:05 PM at The Ballpark at Jackson in West Tennessee.
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