Montgomery, AL -The Tennessee Smokies were defeated by the Montgomery Biscuits 6-5 on Saturday night. It was the Smokies fourth loss in-a-row.
Justin Steele made his first start of the season for the Smokies on Saturday night. Steele lasted four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out two. Before being called up, Steele was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in Single-A.
The Smokies wasted no time getting on the board as they scored in the top of the first. Zack Short led off the inning with a single to left field and moved to third when Jeffrey Baez singled. Short would score the first run of the game when Trent Giambrone flew out to centerfield.
Wyatt Short replaced Steele in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Smokies trailing 3-1. Short pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one. Three runs scored during Short's outing, however none of the runs were earned. Brad Markey replaced Short in the bottom of the sixth with one out and made it out of the inning. Markey finished going 1.1 innings and striking out three. Scott Effross replaced Markey and pitched 1.1 scoreless as well.
In the top of the ninth, the Smokies tried to make a comeback. Giambrone walked to start the inning and Wynton Bernard hit his second home run of the season over the fence in left to make it a 6-3 game. Tennessee loaded the bases later in the inning, and Charcer Burks singled to score two more and make it a one run game. The comeback ended there though as Baez popped out to second.
The Smokies and Biscuits will be back in action for game three of the season on Sunday in Montgomery. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET. Thomas Hatch is the projected starter for Tennessee as he looks for his ninth win of the season. Hatch is 4-2 in road starts this season with a 3.29 ERA. In the month of August, Hatch is 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA.
Written by Rob Harvey, Broadcast Assistants for the Tennessee Smokies
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