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Smokies close homestand with 4-3 win

(Tennessee Smokies) A pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings from the Chattanooga Lookouts (7-11) produced a 4-3 win over the Tennessee Smokies (10-8) to wrap up a 3-2 series win for the Smokies at Smokies stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

After a scoreless first four innings, Robel Garcia’s three-run homer to right field got the Smokies on the board first. Chattanooga would cut the deficit to one in the seventh when Luis Gonzalez doubled to score two. 

Ibandel Isabel’s two-run homer completed the comeback in the eighth to make it a 4-3 lead for Chattanooga. 

The Smokies stranded ten baserunners in the loss and were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Smokies starter RHP Zach Hedges looked solid throwing for five innings allowing three hits, no runs, and striking out three. Chattanooga’s right-hander Tony Santillan endured a rough 4.1 innings giving up eight hits and three runs. 

Picking up the loss was RHP Michael Rucker (L, 0-1) after surrendering four runs off four hits over three innings. On the winning side, RHP Ryan Hendrix (W, 3-0) collected the win from two strikeouts in one inning. RHP Alex Powers (S, 3) earned his third save of the season. 

The Smokies head to Jacksonville (5-14) to take on the Jumbo Shrimp with game one coming Thursday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Cody Poteet (1-2, 5.06 ERA) gets the ball for Jacksonville, while the Smokies hand the ball to the righty Brad Markey (0-0, 27.00 ERA). 

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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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