Smokies nip Baseball Vols

The Class AA Tennessee Smokies rallied Wednesday night to nip the Tennessee Vols 8-6 in an exhibition baseball game at Smokies Park in Sevierville. A crowd of 3,712 attended.

After giving up two unearned runs in the first, the Vols tied the game in the third on a bases loaded walk by Kyle Norrid and a fielders choice before taking a 5-2 lead in the fourth on a triple by Jordan Czarniecki and a two-run double by Javi Herrera.

Corey Erickson's solo home run to left center started a five-run two-out Smokies rally in the fifth as they took a 7-5 lead. Seven consecutive Smokie hitters reached safely in the inning, including five straight off reliever and eventual loser Trey Bridges, who replaced Vol starter Casey Eisemann.

Kevan Burns connected with an RBI double before Chris Weekly tied the game by scoring on Bridges' wild pitch. Back-to-back RBI singles by John Gall and Bucky Jacobsen gave the Smokies the lead for good.

Eisemann pitched well through the first three innings, holding the Smokies to one hit while being touched for two unearned runs.

Walter Sevilla had three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth. Alex Suarez and Jimbo Watson each chipped in two apiece as the Vols out-hit the Smokies 10-9.

Jack Branston also showed some grit as he entered the game with the bases loaded in the fifth, replacing Bridges, and induced an infield pop-up and a fly ball to center to thwart a Smokies scoring threat.

Cristobal Correa started for the Smokies and was lifted in the fourth after giving up five runs on six hits.

Jason Galbraith was the winning pitcher for the Smokies as he tossed 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief, striking out three while giving up just two singles.

Brian Flynn tossed two shutout innings and Juan Figueroa pitched the ninth for the save.

Caonabo Cosme added an insurance run in the seventh off John Parscal as his single through the left side scored John Nelson.

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