KODAK, Tenn. (release) -- The Tennessee Smokies plated five runs in the sixth inning on way to a 8-3 win over the Montgomery Biscuits Monday night at Smokies Park. The Smokies improved their record to 11-7 on the season, and maintained their lead on the North Division.
The Smokies got on the board early, scoring two runs in the second inning off Biscuits starter Merrill Kelly (1-2). Jae-Hoon Ha doubled to left and Rafael Lopez then walked to put runners on first and second. Elliot Soto hit a line drive to right, scoring Ha and advancing Lopez to third. Soto then got picked off trying to steal second base but got caught in a rundown long enough to score Lopez.
The Biscuits (9-9) tied the game at two in the top of the fourth inning as Todd Glaesmann doubled to left field. Smokies third baseman Christian Villanueva committed a throwing error on a Mayo Acosta grounder, allowing Glaesmann to score. Tennessee starter Eric Jokisch struggled with his command and walked back-to-back batters, allowing Acosta to score.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Smokies broke out in a big way, scoring five runs. Matt Szczur doubled on the second pitch of the inning and Ronald Torreyes sacrificed him over to third. The next batter, Arismendy Alcantara, singled to center and then stole second base, his 10th stolen bag of the season. Villanueva singled to left, scoring Alcantara who took third on a throwing error during his stolen base. Lopez grounded out to first, scoring Villanueva and Jonathan Mota singled to center scoring both Rubi Silva and Ha. The score after six innings was 7-2.
After the Biscuits scored a run in the seventh, Alcantara would get that run back by himself as he hit a solo home run to right field. It was Alcantara’s fourth home run of the season. He’s now batting .288 on the season with four home runs and 13 RBIs. His 10 stolen bases lead the Southern League.
Jokisch (3-0) went 6.1 innings, giving up eight hits, three runs (one earned) and two walks. He struck out three Biscuits batters.
Brian Schlitter came in and was lights out, going 2.2 innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.
Tennessee and Montgomery will play Game Four of the five-game series Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. The Smokies will start right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 4.09) and the Biscuits will counter with lefty Enny Romero (0-0, 6.48). Tuesday is the first Buck Night of the 2013 season, where small sodas, hot dogs and small popcorns are only $1 each. It’s also the first Pilot Prize Night of the season, where everyone’s a winner. For tickets and more information, fans can visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call (865) 286-2300.