MONTGOMERY, AL - The Tennessee Smokies lost a 10-2 contest in the first game of the series against the Montgomery Biscuits in Montgomery. Tennessee allowed four runs in the sixth inning and four runs in the eighth inning.
Montgomery jumped out to an early lead on an RBI-single in the bottom of the second inning, making it 1-0 Biscuits. A sacrifice fly in the third inning doubled the advantage and put Montgomery ahead 2-0. Tennessee got on the board in the fourth inning.
Trent Giambrone singled with one out to put a runner on base. Eddy Martinez earned a two-out walk, moving Giambrone to second. Wynton Bernard drove home Giambrone on a single to right field, cutting the deficit in half and making it a 2-1 score. The Biscuits scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-1 lead.
Tennessee cut into the lead in the seventh inning. Jeffrey Baez hit a one-out single, Zack Short was hit by a pitch and Charcer Burks walked to load the bases. Giambrone walked to score Baez and make it 6-2. Two strikeouts ended the inning and the Smokies left the bases loaded. Montgomery added four more runs in the eighth inning to extend the lead to 10-2.
Matt Swarmer started on the mound for the Smokies. Swarmer pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. He also struck out one in the start. Swarmer was relieved by Jake Stinnett in the sixth inning. Stinnett threw 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and one walk. He also struck out two before handing the ball to Preston Morrison, who gave up four runs in the eighth inning.
Tennessee and Montgomery will meet for the second game of the series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Justin Steele (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is projected to start for the Smokies and Brock Burke (5-1, 1.91 ERA is set to start for the Biscuits. Steele spent the previous part of the season playing in rookie ball and then he played for Myrtle Beach in single-A Advanced. He went 0-0 with a 1.47 ERA at the rookie level in five starts before going 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in Myrtle Beach over four starts.
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