MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In its first game since Wednesday, Tennessee (6-3, 40-38) defeated Montgomery (5-6, 42-39) 13-0 scoring 11 runs in the first three innings against the Biscuits. Three players notched three-hit games and five Tennessee players drove in runs.
The Smokies did not show any rust from the layoff getting on the board in their first at-bat of the game. Ronald Torreyes drew a walk on five pitches. Four pitches later, Arismendy Alcantara laced a double to the gap in left center field to put Tennessee on top 1-0.
Tennessee was back at it again in the top of the second inning. Rafael Lopez was hit-by-a-pitch followed by a John Andreoli bunt single. Jonathan Mota reached on an infield single and a throwing error by Montgomery allowed Lopez and Andreoli to cross the plate to extend the lead to three runs. Mota scored when Torreyes lined a single to left field to give the Smokies a 4-0 lead.
For the second consecutive inning, Alcantara doubled home a run. Rubi Silva tallied the sixth straight hit of the inning to bring home Torreyes and give the visiting team a 6-0 advantage. Tennessee capped a six-run frame on a sacrifice fly from third basemen Christian Villanueva.
The Smokies loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third. Silva hammered a 1-2 offering over the fence in straightaway center field for the first grand slam hit by a Tennessee player this season making the advantage 11-0.
In the eighth inning, Silva doubled to lead off the frame and Justin Bour reached base for the first time drawing a walk. After the next two batters were retired, Andreoli drove in both men with a single to center to give the Smokies a season-high 13 runs.
Silva went 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Andreoli went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Mota went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Jokisch threw 6.1 scoreless innings allowing three hits and four walks while striking out a season-high seven batters. The left-hander earned just his second win in his last six decisions.
The two teams will tangle again Sunday evening with first pitch scheduled at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Alberto Cabrera (7-3, 3.57) gets the ball from Buddy Bailey coming off of a career-high 13 strikeout performance. Montgomery counters with righty Michael Colla (3-0, 2.84)
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