Andrew Ely Delivers Game-Winning Hit in Ninth

By Tennessee Smokies | July 8, 2017 11:10 PM ET

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE - The Smokies rallied in the late innings, capping off a 5-4 win with a game-winning run in the ninth. 


Chattanooga scored first, putting a two-spot on the board in the first inning on sacrifice flies. The Lookouts capitalized on a David Bote error in the inning. Tennessee responded for three off one big swing delivered by Cael Brockmeyer in the 4th inning. The home-run came after a Yasiel Balaguert doubled and Ian Rice single. It was Brockmeyer's 5th homer of the season.


The score remained the same until the sixth inning, which is when the defense behind Hedges once again brought in unearned runs. Travis Harrison reached base on a fielding error and would turn into two unearned runs in the inning. Zach Hedges (7-5) pitched six innings of eight-hit, four run baseball, however, all his runs were unearned.


Kevin Cornelius picked the eighth inning to leave the yard for the first time of the season, and it couldn't have come in a better spot. The game was tied at four into the ninth when Yasiel Balaguert and Ian Rice singled consecutively. After two straight strikeouts, Andrew Ely singled to right field delivering the Smokies the game-winning RBI. Dillon Maples came in to close the door in the ninth for his fifth save. 


The Smokies are back in action tomorrow night for the first game of a nine-game homestand. The Montgomery Biscuits are in town, with game one being a Willson Contreras bobblehead giveaway to the first 1,000 fans.






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