SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE - The Tennessee Smokies took game one of the series opener against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5-4 Tuesday night.
Duane Underwood Jr. (10-5) lasted 7.0 innings giving up four hits, and two earned runs on the night. Underwood Jr. would strikeout seven batters and post a 4.42 ERA in Friday night's outing. Daury Torrez and Craig Brooks would come in for the final innings to close out the game.
The game was scoreless until Aristides Aquino hit a solo shot to left field to make the game 1-0 Pensacola in the top of the second. The Smokies would get on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Erick Castillo hit an RBI single to left field scoring Yasiel Balaguert and Trey Martin. One batter later, Andrew Ely would ground into a double play that would score Daniel Spingola.
The Smokies would add another in the bottom of the fourth when Underwood Jr. recorded his first RBI of the season scoring Spingola to make the game 4-1 in favor of Tennessee. In the bottom of the sixth inning Underwood Jr. would post his second RBI of the season scoring Erick Castillo bringing the game to 5-2. The Blue Wahoos would add two more in the top of the ninth with a late push, but the Smokies would hold on to win 5-4.
The Smokies will continue their five-game homestand with game two against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Saturday at 7:00 p.m with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Join the Smokies for another post-game fireworks display on Saturday as part of the Summer Fireworks Series, presented by Coors Light and Pepsi.
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The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Members of the ten-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America's national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com
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