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Smokies fall at Chattanooga, 8-6

(Tennessee Smokies) The Smokies fell in their last game of the series 8-6 to the Lookouts in Chattanooga. The Smokies came back from an early deficit but the bullpen could not hold on to the lead.

Michael Rucker got the start for the Smokies and gave them a chance to win the last game of the series. Rucker pitched five innings allowing four runs on six hits and striking out two. Rucker left the game with a 5-4 lead.

The Smokies got on the board first in the top of the third inning. Jesses Hodges singled to lead off the inning. After two quick outs, Charcer Burks delivered as he belted a two-run home run over the left field fence. That put the Smokies up 2-0.

Down 4-2, the Smokies offense woke up in the top of the sixth. Burks led off the inning with a double and Jeffrey Baez, the next batter, doubled Burks home. Two batters later, Jason Vosler tied the game as he doubled in Baez. Eddy Martinez capped off the scoring as he doubled in Vosler to give the Smokies a 5-4 lead.

Rucker was replaced by Daury Torrez in the sixth inning and Torrez struggled in his outing. Torrez pitched two innings, allowing four runs on four hits and struck out three. Torrez took the loss in the game. Craig Brooks relived Torrez in the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning.

In the ninth, down 8-5, the Smokies tried to rally. With two outs, Baez singled for his second hit of the game. After stealing second, Baez scored when Zack Short drove him home to make it 8-6. That was all the Smokies could muster in the ninth though.

The Smokies will be back in action on Thursday afternoon as they open up a series at home against the Mississippi Braves at 11:30 a.m. Trevor Clifton is the projected starter for the Smokies as he looks for his fourth win of the season. Kyle Wright will take the mound for the Mississippi Braves.

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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