Saturday, May 5, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Davis
Furious Rally Falls Short in Finale
Smokies hold off Biscuits 8-7 despite 4 errors
KODAK, Tenn.- A furious late inning rally fell short with the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second as the Biscuits (13-17) dropped the series finale to the Tennessee Smokies (13-17) 8-7 Saturday night at Smokies Park.
The Biscuits chipped away at deficits of 4-0 and 8-4, entering the ninth down 8-6. After Henry Wrigley doubled to begin the inning, Kyeong Kang reached on the fourth Smokies error of the night to place runners and second and third with nobody out. Mike Sheridan then walked before Brad Coon legged out an RBI with a fielder's-choice bounceout. But Kevin Rhoderick (3) would then strike out Mark Thomas and Emeel Salem to finish the game, capping a 3-18 performance for Montgomery with runners in scoring position.
The Biscuits battled back despite issuing nine walks, with starter Joe Cruz (2-4) allowing four runs on three hits and six free passes over only two innings.
The difference in the game proved to be a three-run fifth for Tennessee with all three runs unearned as a result of two Hak-Ju Lee errors. The Smokies would add one more in the seventh when Elliot Soto beat out the throw on what would have been an inning-ending double play.
Smokies starter Dae-Eun Rhee (2-1) allowed three runs over six innings to get the win.
Wrigley (above) finished the game with two RBI on a pair of doubles and a homer. Tyler Bortnick delivered three hits as well.
The Biscuits begin a 5-game set with the Chattanooga Lookouts Sunday at 4:15 CT as RHP Matt Buschmann opposes Lookouts righty Matt Magill.
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