Smokies use Bryant homer to beat Pensacola, 1-0

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 11:50 PM
Kris Bryant's second homer in as many night was the difference for the Tennessee Smokies on Friday.

Bryant broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a solo shot, powering the Smokies to a 1-0 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium

The home run was Bryant’s second in his first six at-bats for Tennessee. He finished the game 1-for-4 with three strikeouts for the Smokies (1-1). Tennessee struck out 14 times as a team and managed just five hits.
 
Pensacola reliever Daniel Corcino (0-1) allowed the deciding seventh inning home run. He suffered the loss but was otherwise brilliant in his relief appearance following a one-inning Major League rehabilitation start by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jonathan Broxton.
 
Corcino struck out eight, walked one and allowed just two hits over six innings for the Wahoos (1-1). He retired 12 straight Tennessee batters between the second and sixth innings. 
 
Tennessee’s offense struggled, but they were carried by strong pitching from the relief staff. Smokies pitchers combined to allow just four hits and struck out eight. P.J. Francescon was brilliant in relief of starter C.J. Edwards and earned the victory.
 
Francescon (1-0) scattered two hits, walked one and struck out two in his appearance. Armando Rivero (S, 1) pitched a scoreless eighth and stranded two in the ninth while picking up his first save.
 
Edwards struck out four while allowing just one hit over four scoreless innings.
 
Broxton started for the Blue Wahoos and pitched a scoreless first. He was followed by Corcino who allowed just one run over six solid innings. Ryan Dennick retired one batter in the eighth and Jamie Walczak followed to finish the game.
 
The series continues on Saturday in Pensacola for game three of the five game set. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is scheduled to pitch for the Smokies as part of a Major League rehabilitation outing. First pitch is at 7:30 pm.