Smokies drop game two to Shuckers

Tennessee unable to recover from first-inning deficit

August 9, 2018 10:48 PM

Sevierville, TN - The Tennessee Smokies lost a 5-0 game to the Biloxi Shuckers on Thursday at Smokies Stadium. Tennessee fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and could not bounce back. 

Biloxi jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. An RBI-triple and an RBI-groundout made it 2-0. A two-run home run later in the inning gave the Shuckers a 4-0 lead. Biloxi added an RBI-single in the eighth inning, making it 5-0. Wynton Bernard and Connor Myers led the Smokies offensively, with both players recording two hits. 

Thomas Hatch started on the mound for the Smokies. Hatch pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and zero walks. He also struck out six batters in the start. Preston Morrison relieved Hatch to start the seventh inning. Morrison threw a scoreless frame, striking out two men in the inning. He handed the ball to Wyatt Short to start the eighth inning. Short pitched 1.0 inning, giving up one run on two hits. Jordan Minch came in to start the ninth inning and did not allow a run while giving up just one hit. 

Tennessee and Biloxi will meet for the third game of the series on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Michael Rucker (8-5, 3.71 ERA) is projected to start for the Smokies and the Shuckers are expected to counter Rucker with Cameron Roegner (0-0, 1.50 ERA). Rucker is coming off 6.0 innings of one-run baseball against Jackson on August 4. He is holding batters to a .143 batting average in the month of August and a .206 average in night games this season. 

Written by Blake Von Hagen, Broadcast Assistants for the Tennessee Smokies

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