Double-A: Tennessee Smokies 2 – Montgomery Biscuits 3 (F/10)
An RBI double in the top of the tenth inning spelled doom for the Tennessee Smokies at home Monday night, as the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate fell to the Montgomery Biscuits by a 3-2 final.
After Kes Carter hit into a force out, prompting the second out of the inning in the tenth, it appeared as if Tennessee would get a shot at winning the ballgame in the bottom of the frame. However, Carter stole second to put himself into scoring position and reliever Tony Zych (2-4, 3.86 ERA) served up what proved to be the game-winning double to Joey Rickard shortly thereafter.
Tennessee (41-40) led early on, thanks to an RBI double by Elliot Soto that scored Kevin Brown in the bottom of the second. Later in the inning, a single by Jae-Hoon Ha plated Soto, extending the Smokies’ lead to 2-0.
However, Carter, who proved to be a nuisance all night long, hit an RBI double in the top of the third to cut the Tennessee lead to 2-1. A third inning sacrifice fly tied things in the third, which is where the score remained until the tenth.
Smokies right-hander Matt Loosen pitched well, allowing just two runs on two hits, while walking three and striking out five, but did not factor into the decision. Ha went 2-for-5 to pace the offense for Tennessee, which only managed eight scattered hits against Omaha pitching.