Smokies batter Biscuits, 12-3

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (release) -- The Tennessee Smokies (26-33) won their second straight game, pounding out 15 hits and jumping out to a 12-0 lead en route to a 12-3 thrashing of the Montgomery Biscuits on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

With Jake Thompson on the mound looking for his fourth straight win for the Biscuits, the Smokies plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on RBI singles by Justin Bour and Rebel Ridling following back-to-back one-out walks to take a 2-0 lead.

Tennessee tacked on four more in the third inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Jae-Hoon Ha led off with a triple and Bour doubled him home to make it 3-0. Later in the frame, a bases-loaded walk by Mike Brenly gave Tennessee a 4-0 edge before a run-scoring wild pitch and a balk made it 6-0.

In the fifth, the Smokies strung together three consecutive run-scoring hits with two outs to extend their lead to 9-0. Tennessee tacked on three more in the sixth to build a 12-0 advantage.

Amidst the offensive onslaught, Tennessee starter Eric Jokisch (2-0) was dominant, firing seven shutout innings and allowing just five hits while striking out one and walking one. In three starts with the Smokies, Jokisch owns a 1.47 ERA.

The Biscuits finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth with Brian Schlitter on the mound. Hak-Ju Lee homered to lead off the inning to get Montgomery on the board. Later in the frame, a bases-loaded walk made it a 12-2 contest. Montgomery tacked on a run in the ninth to cap the scoring.

Thompson (3-5) suffered the loss after getting tagged for six runs on six hits while walking four batters over 2.2 innings.

Five Smokies finished with multiple hits. Bour led the offensive charge, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs, while Ha went 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs, two runs scored, and two walks.

The Smokies and Biscuits wrap up their five-game series on Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. ET at Riverwalk Stadium when Tennessee sends right-hander Trey McNutt (3-4, 2.68 ERA) to the mound against Montgomery right-hander Alex Colome (2-1, 4.76 ERA).

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