The Smokies chances appeared dim after the Lookouts jumped on Duncan Robinson ( 5 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 5 ER, BB, 5 K) for three runs in the 2nd and another three in the 3rd. A solo home run by Trent Giambrone got the Smokies started on the comeback trail, but another run by Chattanooga in the 5th returned the deficit to six runs.
Tennessee would pick up the pace the following inning. They would score five run in the sixth and another two in the 7th with Yasiel Balaguert driving in a pair in each inning. This would knot the score up at 8-8, where it would remain until extra innings. Jeffrey Baez led off the 10th with a triple to score the runner from second then score on an Erick Castillo single to make it 10-8. With Dakota Mekkes returning to the mound after a scoreless 9th, the team appeared to have the game well in hand, but Mekkes would allow two runs (his first of the season) to score in the bottom of the frame to re-tie the game.
Both teams were held scoreless in the 11th as Mekkes gave way to Daury Torrez. Balaguert would score on a wild pitch in the top of the 12th, and Torrez made it stick in the bottom of the inning.
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2-6, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
- Will Remillard: 2-3, RBI
- Erick Castillo: 1-3, RBI
- Jason Vosler: 1-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB
- Daury Torrez: 2 IP, 2 BB (W, 2-0, 1.59)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
The two runs (one earned) allowed by Dakota Mekkes (1-0, 0.59) were the first he had allowed all year. The two hits he allowed were the first he had given up in five appearances. Opposing batters are still hitting just .080 against him this season.
Craig Brooks has been perfect over his past two outings, striking out 7 over 3.1 innings.
Daury Torrez has made 10 appearances in 2018. In 7 of those appearances he has pitched two scoreless innings. In another, he has pitched three scoreless innings.
After a slow start, Yasiel Balaguert (.240/.279/.347) has picked up the pace, hitting .316 over his past ten games. He has driven in six runs over the past three Smokies games.
A day of furious comebacks did not end with Tennessee. Myrtle Beach got in on the action as well, perhaps in even more dramatic fashion. The Pelicans trailed 6-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Their only previous hit, and run, had been a solo homer by Jhonny Pereda in the 2nd. Pereda got the rally going in the 8th, with an RBI single, eventually coming in to score on a wild pitch. Kevonte Mitchell would add an RBI double to make it 6-4.
The comeback bid would get more difficult in the top of the 9th as Tyler Peyton allowed an unearned run to score. Down three runs, the newly activated Luis Ayala started things off with a leadoff walk. He would later score on an Andruw Monasterio sacrifice fly. Tyler Alamo would then contribute the only run scoring hit of the inning to draw the Pelicans within one. With the bases loaded, Pereda would walk to drive in the tying run, and then Vimael Machin would score the winning run on a wild pitch.
- Keegan Thompson: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 7 K
- Tyler Peyton: 1 IP, H, R, 0 ER, K (W, 2-1, 1.35)
- Jhonny Pereda: 2-4, HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI
- Tyler Alamo: 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB
- Vimael Machin: 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
This was the third straight multi-hit game for Jhonny Pereda (.311/.376/.396).
Tyler Alamo (.245/.288/.461) is working on a five-game hitting streak during which he has driven in five runs and raised his average close to 30 points.
The Pelicans scored 8 runs despite collecting just 4 hits. They took advantage of 12 walks and 4 wild pitches uncorked by the Astros staff.
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