SEVIERVILLE - The Smokies broke a two game losing streak on Friday night in walk-off fashion, winning 6-5. Jason Vosler was the hero for the Smokies as he singled in two runs in the bottom of the 11th to secure the win.
After Jackson had gotten a run of their own in the top of the 11th, the Smokies loaded the bases with one out. Down in the count 1-2, Vosler connected and singled to center to score Erick Castillo and Trey Martin.
Thomas Hatch continued the Smokies performance of strong starting pitching outings on Friday night in his second start of the season. Hatch threw five innings, allowing no runs on four hits and struck out three. With his solid outing, Hatch lowered his ERA to 3.00 for the season. Hatch was replaced by James Norwood who pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out one.
The top of the lineup for the Smokies started the rally in the bottom of the third inning. After a Zack Short walk started off the inning, Charcer Burks doubled to score Short and Vosler singled in Burks on the very next at-bat to make it 2-0. The Smokies added one more in the inning when Jeffrey Baez singled home Vosler.
After three scoreless innings, Craig Brooks entered the game in relief for Tennessee in the top of the seventh and struggled. Brooks allowed four runs in the inning and allowed the Generals to take a 4-3 lead.
The Smokies didn't take long to tie the game back up, however. In the bottom of the seventh, Vosler was hit by a pitch to with one out. After an Eddy Martinez single moved Vosler to third, Jesse Hodges came through with two outs to tie the game up at four.
The Smokies experienced the new extra innings rule for the first time this season where a runner starts on second base at the beginning of each extra inning. The Smokies benefitted from the rule, as the tying run started at second to begin the 11th inning.
Dakota Mekkes picked up the win as he pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit and struck out three.
The Smokies will be back in action on Saturday night as they take on the Jackson Generals again. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Each fan through the gates will receive a free magnet schedule presented by Pilot Food Marts and Nexgard. The Tennessee Smokies will bring Oscar De La Cruz to the mound while the Jackson Generals will counter with Sam Lewis.
The full schedule for this season and information regarding single-game tickets, season tickets, and mini plans can be found online at smokiesbaseball.com, or by calling the Smokies Ticket Office at 865-286-2300.
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