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Smkies open up at Barons with 2-1 win

(Tennessee Smokies)  Tennessee pitching continues to feast on the mound against Birmingham after another fantastic effort in a 2-1 win.

Tennessee had shut out Birmingham in three straight matchups in the month of April, and while Birmingham did put a run on the scoreboard today, it didn’t go down as an earned run in the box score. Jen-Ho Tseng (4-1) pitched six innings of four hit, one run basebal and picked up win number four of the season. His only run wasn’t earned as Jake Peter scored on Tseng’s throwing error.

His offense didn’t give him much wiggle room, but with the way Tseng was dealing, he only needed a couple of runs. Jeffrey Baez got the rare start at the top of the order and began the game with a walk. After stealing second base the Smokies played small ball, as Andrew Ely laid down a sacrafice bunt to advance Baez to third. David Bote would bring home Baez on a fielding error by the shortstop Cleuluis Rondon.

Yasiel Balaguert would add to the scoring in the top half of the fifth, hitting an infield single to Cleuluis Rondon, who would add another throwing error to his cause, scoring Andrew Ely from second base. Brad Markey would team up with Andury Acevedo for three innings of shutout baseball, allowing the Smokies to hold on in a 2-1 pitchers battle. Andury Acevedo would pick up his third save after an inning of shutout baseball, making his stat line 10 innings of shutout baseball this season.

The Smokies are coming off their first series loss in over a month. It had been since the opening home series of the season since they had lost. Tennessee entered the game having lost four of five against Montgomery.

Tennessee has now won their first five of six against last place Birmingham this season, but will have to go up against big time pitching prospect Michael Kopech in Friday nights 8:05 CT contest. The Smokies will counter by sending their top prospect Trevor Clifton to the mound.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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