Smokies give it their all but cannot hold on to win
The Mudcats came alive Sunday afternoon as they took the lead two different times on solo home runs by Jason Hill and James Shanks to win 5-2 against the Smokies in front of 3,410 at Smokies Park.
Tennessee fell behind early in the second inning as Carolina’s Jason Hill drove a solo home run over the wall in left field to give the Mudcats (25-11) their first lead at 1-0. Carolina homered again with one out in the fifth. James Shanks hit his fourth long ball of the season out to deep center field. Shanks’ home run gave the Mudcats the lead for good.
The Smokies’ (14-23) bats were not quiet in the loss, however. Marland Williams reached on an infield single to start the third inning. Dan Uggla picked up his 29 RBI when he drove Williams in on the following at-bat with a single, which broke a two-way tie for RBIs between first baseman Jesus Cota, who has 28, and Uggla.