JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Tennessee Smokies were held to just two hits as they fell to the Jacksonville Suns, 2-0, on Friday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
In Tennessee’s quickest game of the season (one hour, 59 minutes), Jacksonville starter Jose Alvarez (2-4) fired eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while fanning five to earn the win. The Smokies sent the minimum 27 batter to the plate as they fell to 1-1 in the second half and 36-36 overall.
For the second straight night, Jacksonville used a first-inning home run to open the scoring when Donnie Webb lifted the second pitch of the inning over the right field wall to give the Suns a 1-0 edge. Chris Gutierrez’ solo homer in the fifth inning capped the scoring.
Tennessee starter Dae-Eun Rhee (4-3) suffered the loss, yielding two runs on six hits over seven innings. Rhee walked four batters and struck out a pair.
The Smokies and Suns play the middle contest of their five-game series on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. when Tennessee sends right-hander Dallas Beeler (2-5, 4.32 ERA) to the mound while Jacksonville counters with righty Bryan Evans (2-4, 2.90 ERA).
ABOUT THE TENNESSEE SMOKIES
The Tennessee Smokies are the minor league Class AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Members of the 10-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America’s national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com.