MONTGOMERY, Ala. (smokiesbaseball.com) -- Michael Sheridan drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to force in the game-winning run as the Montgomery Biscuits downed the Tennessee Smokies, 4-3, on Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
The Biscuits (30-26) trailed 3-0 before plating three unearned runs in the sixth to send the contest into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th, Brett Nommensen doubled with one out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. The Smokies elected to intentionally walk the next two batters to load the bases and set up Sheridan’s walk.
Tennessee (24-32) opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the second. After Luis Flores singled and Mike Burgess doubled to open the inning, Nate Samson lifted a sacrifice fly to give the Smokies a 1-0 lead. Burgess scored later in the frame on an RBI double by Elliot Soto to make it 2-0.
In the fifth inning, the Smokies extended their advantage to 3-0 when Jae-Hoon Ha drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a Jim Adduci sacrifice bunt, and scored on an RBI single by Justin Bour – Bour’s league-leading 38th RBI of the season.
The Smokies, who have allowed more unearned runs than any other Southern League team, were once again victimized by poor defense in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out and a runner aboard, Montgomery’s Omar Luna hit a ball through the legs of Tennessee third baseman Junior Lake, placing runners at second and third. The Biscuits cut their deficit to 3-1 thanks to an RBI groundout by Ryan Garko before the next batter, Kyeong Kong, launched a two-run homer to even the score, 3-3.
Tennessee starter Dae-Eun Rhee worked 5.2 innings and allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits, walking a pair and striking out one. Montgomery southpaw Kyle Lobstein allowed three runs over 4.1 frames, scattering seven hits while striking out six batters and walking three. Neither starter factored in the decision.
Montgomery reliever Neil Schenk (2-0) worked around a walk to toss a scoreless 10th inning and earn the win while Ty’Relle Harris (0-1) suffered the loss.
Ha finished 3-for-4 at the plate in his return to the Tennessee lineup after missing the past three games.
The Smokies and Biscuits continue their five-game series on Sunday evening at 7:05 p.m. ET when Tennessee sends right-hander Nick Struck (5-5, 4.37 ERA) to the mound against Montgomery righty Joseph Cruz (2-6, 5.79 ERA).