Smokies get lit up in first, fall 15-6

(Tennessee Smokies PR)  The Tennessee Smokies (12-11) fell to the Birmingham Barons (10-14) 15-6 Thursday night at Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham jumped on Tennessee starter Riley Thompson (L, 0-1) in the bottom of the first inning. The Smokies’ right-hander did not record an out in the inning as he allowed seven earned runs on three hits. Thompson threw 27 pitches and only 11 for a strike as he walked four batters. The Barons led by eight runs after just one frame of play.

The Barons continued to pile it on throughout the game. They scored six runs against Peyton Remy over 4.2 innings and two runs off Brandon Leibrandt. In total, the Smokies’ pitching staff walked seven and allowed three home runs.

Despite an early deficit, the Smokies’ bats battled for the rest of the game. The Smokies scored three runs in the third with RBIs from Nelson Velazquez and Bryce Ball. In the eighth inning, third baseman Levi Jordan hit his first home run of the season for Tennessee. He is hitting .360 with a homer and five RBIs since arriving at the Cubs’ AA affiliate on April 27.

Also notable for the Smokies was shortstop Christopher Morel extending his hitting streak to 12-games. He kept his run alive with a two-out single in the third and came around to score on Ball’s double.

The Smokies and the Barons will play the fourth game of their series on Friday night at Regions Field. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET when the Smokies send right-hander Javier Assad (0-1, 2.29 ERA) to the mound to face Birmingham’s Scott Blewett (1-0, 4.05 ERA).

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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