MOBILE, Ala. (release) -- Tyler Skaggs fired six shutout innings as the Tennessee Smokies (21-29) fell to the Mobile BayBears, 3-0, in the finale of a five-game series on Saturday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
With two of the top prospects in their respective organizations, Tennessee’s Trey McNutt and Mobile’s Skaggs, toeing the rubber, the BayBears drew first blood when Matt Davidson hammered his league-leading 11th home run in the bottom of the first to make it a 1-0 contest. Mobile extended its lead to 2-0 in the third on a bases-loaded walk by Alfredo Marte.
The BayBears capped the scoring with a run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rossmel Perez.
Skaggs (4-3) departed after firing six scoreless innings and allowing just two hits – both singles to Mike Burgess, one of which was an infield single – and earned the win. McNutt (2-4) took the loss after going four innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
Ty’Relle Harris, who suffered a season-ending injury last June off the field, returned the mound for Tennessee after being promoted from High-A Daytona and pitched two scoreless innings out of the Smokies bullpen.
The Smokies are off on Sunday before returning home to Smokies Park on Monday to open up a five-game series against the Huntsville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Berwers. In the series opener, Tennessee will send right-hander Dae-Eun Rhee (3-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound while Huntsville counters with righty Josh Stinson (5-2, 3.27 ERA). The Smokies will also celebrate Memorial Day by offering all current and retired military personnel, with valid ID, a free ticket to Monday’s game.