KODAK, Tenn. (release) -- A fifth inning home run by Nick Ahmed was too much for the Tennessee Smokies to overcome as they fell to the Mobile BayBears, 2-0, Sunday evening at Smokies Park. The loss, in front of 4,094, was the Smokies fourth consecutive defeat and dropped their record to 36-26, 70-61 overall. The Smokies magic number to take the second half title remains at 2.
Smokies starter Nick Struck and BayBears starter Archie Bradley exchanged scoreless innings until the fifth inning when Struck gave up a two-run home run to Nick Ahmed to give Mobile (36-27, 75-57) a 2-0 lead.
That would be the only offense for both teams in the game. The Smokies only had two hits in the game but did walk eight times. The two hits came from Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva.
Derek Eitel (S, 1) pitched the last two innings for the BayBears, walking one and striking out four. He got three strikeouts via a called third strike in a row and struck out Matt Szczur to end the game.
Struck (0-2) took the loss going six innings, allowing the five hits, including the two-run shot, walking four and striking out one. Bradley (11-5) picked up win giving up two hits and struck out five in 5.1 innings but walked six.
Yeiper Castillo pitched three innings in relief and gave up three hits, a walk and struck out one.
The Smokies look to end their losing streak Monday night as they send right-hander Matt Loosen (1-3, 7.36) to the mound to face off against BayBears southpaw David Holmberg (5-7, 2.66). Hot dogs will only be $1 throughout Monday night’s 7:15 game. For tickets or more information, please visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call 865-286-2300.