Smokies Fall 7-2 in Montgomery
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Tennessee Smokies were silent at the plate for most of the second game of the series as they fell 7-2 to the Montgomery Biscuits on Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium.
The Biscuits win evens the series, and Jeremy Hall won his second game of the season by pitching a scoreless eight innings on the mound where he only allowed three hits-which were all singles. He has now pitched fifteen scoreless innings in his last two starts.
After being shut-out in Wednesday's contest, the Biscuits quickly put a run on the board in the bottom of the first. Montgomery took a 1-0 lead when J.J. Furmaniak's RBI single scored Nevin Ashley. The Biscuits added a single run in the third and the fourth, with Chris De La Cruz's RBI triple in the fourth giving Montgomery a 3-0 advantage.
The Smokies got their first hit of the night in the top of the fifth against Hall. Steve Clevenger's single to right field broke up the no-hitter, and put runners at first and third for Tennessee. However the inning came to an end when Marwin Gonzalez flied out to centerfield to end the Smokies scoring threat.
Montgomery added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth as Matt Fields brought in two runs on his single to put the Biscuits ahead by five runs.
Tennessee starter Craig Muschko lasted four and a third innings and gave up five runs on ten hits. Muschko also struck out four batters in his second loss of the season. Jeremy Papelbon gave the Smokies one of his best relief outings of the season with a scoreless two and two-thirds innings on the mound where he only allowed one hit.
Montgomery added two runs against Tennessee's Dustin Sasser in the bottom of the eighth. Emeel Salem hit a two-RBI triple to put the score at 7-0.
Against Biscuits reliever Paul Phillips, Matt Spencer hit his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot that helped the Smokies avoid the shut-out. Spencer now has five home runs in 2010.
The loss drops Tennessee to 28-19 in 2010, however Tennessee is still in first place in the Southern League's North Division by three and a half games over the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx.
The clubs will play the third game of the series on Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium. Tennessee will start right-hander Chris Carpenter (3-1, 3.98 ERA) against Montgomery's southpaw Jake McGee (0-4, 6.66 ERA). The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 eastern time, and fans can listen to the game on the Smokies Radio Network.
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