Smokies drop season opener 7-3

Smokies drop season opener 7-3


PENSACOLA, Fla. (WATE) - The Tennessee Smokies showed some muscle in their season opener, but Pensacola managed even more power in a 7-3 win on Thursday night in Florida.

A home run by Travis Mattair gave the Blue Wahoos a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Tennessee countered in the top of the third when, with a runner on, Arismendy Alcantara crushed a pitch over the fence in dead centerfield to give the Smokies a 2-1 lead.

But Bryson Smith crashed a solo home run in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 2-2 and the Wahoos took the lead in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Tucker Barnhart and Ryan LaMarre hit into a fielder's choice to score the go-ahead run later in the inning.

Donald Lutz added a solo home run in the seventh for Pensacola.

Alcantara drove in Tennessee's only other run with a single in the eight inning.

Pensacola's Devin Lohman drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the eighth.

Starting pitcher Dallas Beeler took the loss for Tennessee.

Chad Rogers got the win for Pensacola.


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