Sevierville, TN - Tennessee's bullpen had a rare late game collapse against the Montgomery Biscuits in a 4-3 loss. It was Tennessee's first time dropping back to back games since the end of April when they were in Mississippi.
Trevor Clifton took to the mound for Tennessee and compiled six innings of five hit, two run baseball. The Maryville, Tennessee native struck out seven batters for the second straight outing.
Montgomery scored their two runs in the fifth inning off a Nathan Lukes RBI double, followed by a Mac James RBI single. Tennessee struck for their three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Andrew Ely began the scoring with a solo shot to center field, the first home run of the season for Ely. Carlos Penalver would follow with a single, and Charcer Burks would draw a walk. David Bote would tie the game with a double to left field and a fielding error on the hit allowed Burks to score and take the lead.
Tennessee's bullpen had been almost flawless since the beginning of May, and for that matter, the entire year. Tennessee was 17-1 when leading after seven innings heading into the eighth inning. Grant Kay led off the inning with a home run off Brad Markey to tie the game at three. Mac James would single in the winning run later in the inning to put the Biscuits up by a run.
Ian Rice reached base on a wild pitch strikeout to begin the ninth inning for the Smokies. Rice would reach third base on a pair of groundouts, however was stranded there on a game ending flyout by Carlos Penalver. Game three between the Biscuits and Smokies is slated for 7:00 p.m tomorrow.
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