(Tennessee Smokies) The Smokies won their fourth and final game of the series with the Jumbo Shrimp by a score of 7-2. Tennessee won four out of the five games in the week long series, as a big fourth inning powered the Smokies to a win on Friday night in Jacksonville.
Michael Rucker took the mound for Tennessee, not allowing a run and striking out nine batters in six innings of work. Rucker also got the offense going early in the fourth inning.
A sacrifice bunt from Rucker brought home Trey Martin and put two men on base with Trent Giambrone up to bat. Giambrone blasted a three-run home run to left center to give the Smokies a quick 4-0 lead. The home run was Giambrone’s first of the season.
The Jumbo Shrimp finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, when a throwing error scored two for Jacksonville. Jacksonville narrowed the deficit, but it didn’t take the Smokies long to answer.
In the top of the seventh inning, Charcer Burks reached base via a walk to start the inning. Giambrone drove in his fourth RBI of the game, despite an 0-2 count, with a triple to right field. A pair of singles from Zack Short and Will Remillard tallied two more runs for the Smokies to go up 7-2 at the end of the inning.
Jake Stinnett replaced Rucker to start the bottom of the seventh inning and got into trouble right off the bat. Stinnett gave up a walk and a double to start the inning, as the Jumbo Shrimp had only one recorded one out. Stinnett managed to get out of the pinch with a pair of strikeouts.
Stinnett and Scott Effross combined for two scoreless innings to finish out the win for Tennessee. Giambrone, Short and Remillard all led the Smokies with two hits on the night.
Tennessee will be back in action on Saturday night, as they take on the Chattanooga Lookouts for the opening game of a five-game series in Chattanooga. First pitch is slated for 7:15 p.m. ET as Trevor Clifton will take the mound for the Smokies.