KODAK, Tenn. –(Smokies release) The Tennessee Smokies were looking to get back on the winning track Wednesday night, but fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts in the home opener at Smokies Park, 6-2. The loss, in front of 4,159, was the Smokies third straight and drops their record to 2-4 on the season.
The Lookouts (2-4) got on the board in the first inning, when Blake Smith plated Joc Pederson on a single to left field. However, the Smokies knotted the game at one in the bottom of the fourth inning as first baseman Justin Bour hit his first home run of the 2013 season to right center field.
Smokies starter Dallas Beeler kept the game tied until the sixth inning, when Lookouts shortstop Miguel Rojas grounded into a double play, scoring Omar Luna, giving Chattanooga a 2-1 lead. Beeler (0-2) ended the night going six innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, walking one and striking out three.
Chattanooga starter Zach Lee (1-0) limited the Smokies bats to only a run on five hits and striking out seven over his seven innings of work.
The Lookouts blew the game open in the top of the eighth inning, scoring four times off Smokies reliever Kevin Rhoderick.
Down 6-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Smokies looked to rally. After two quick strikeouts, the Smokies were down to their last out with outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha up to pinch hit. Ha drew a walk and then advanced to second. Tim Torres then reached on a fielding error, scoring Ha. The Smokies rally ended on a line out by Matt Szczur.
Center fielder Rubi Silva led the Smokies offense going 2-4, with a double on the night. Silva also stole a base, his second stolen base of the season. The Smokies are now 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts this season.
Tennessee and Chattanooga will continue their five-game set at Smokies Park on Thursday morning at 11:30. The Smokies will start righty Alberto Cabrera (1-0, 3.00) and he will match up against Lookouts southpaw Chris Reed (0-0, 9.00). For tickets and more information, fans can visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call (865) 286-2300.
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