Saturday, May 05, 2012

Saturday: Smokies 8, Biscuits 7

The Tennessee Smokies worked out of a ninth-inning jam to preserve an 8-7 win over the Biscuits on Saturday.

The Biscuits, down 8-6, had the bases loaded and none out in the ninth.

Brad Coon grounded out to bring in Henry Wrigley, made it a one-run game and leave the potential tying run at third base with one out. After Coon stole second to put the potential go-ahead run in scoring position, Mark Thomas and Emeel Salem struck out to end it.

The Biscuits trailed 7-3 after six innings before rallying. Wrigley doubled home Hak-Ju Lee in the seventh, but the Smokies answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. In the eighth, Tyler Bortnick's two-run triple cut Tennessee's lead to 8-6.

Wrigley finished with two doubles and hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Starter Joe Cruz (2-4) gave up four runs on three hits and six walks in just two innings to lose his second straight start.

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