TN Smokies blast Biscuits

SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE – The Tennessee Smokies snapped their three game losing streak, thanks to hot bats early and solid pitching against the Montgomery Biscuits in a 7-1 victory on Tuesday afternoon.

Duane Underwood Jr. took the mound for the Smokies and ran into trouble in the second inning. The Biscuits had the bases loaded and one out, but Underwood would strand the runners on base by striking out the next two batters he faced to end the inning. Underwood Jr. would go five innings, giving up one run on five hits. The run came on a Grant Kay inside-the-park home run, a play that brought Charcer Burks out of the game after he slammed into the wall.

Offensively, Yasiel Balaguert got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run home run to left field that scored Andrew Ely and David Bote. Charcer Burks would add another three-run shot to left field, which scored Kevin Cornelius and Erick Castillo. Two batters later Bote would add a solo shot to put the Smokies up 7-0 at the end of two innings.

Daury Torrez would replace Underwood Jr. in the sixth inning, lasting three innings of two-hit baseball, and adding three strikeouts. Ryan McNeil would come on in the ninth to wrap things up, as the Smokies cruised to the 7-1 victory.

The Smokies return to action Wednesday as they finish up their series with the Montgomery Biscuits. Zach Hedges will get the start as he looks to get his sixth win in a row. Wednesday’s game will begin at 11:30 a.m. as part of a Smokies Health and Safety day.

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