PENSACOLA, Fla. —
Pensacola picked up a seven-inning shutout of Tennessee on a Saturday night where top-level pitching talent took the mount at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
The Blue Wahoos came away with a 5-0 victory thanks to 11 strikeouts from Cincinnati pitching prospect Robert Stephenson The game was called due to wet grounds in the middle of the seventh.
Stephenson came on in relief of Jonathan Broxton, who pitched an inning in a major league rehab assignment. The Smokies (1-2) had their own MLB pitcher start in the Cubs' Jake Arrieta, who took the loss while giving up an unearned run in three innings. He didn't allow a hit and struck out three.
Tennessee had just two hits and struck out 13 times.
Stephenson (1-0) allowed a double to Smokies (1-2) catcher Charles Cutler in the second, but would finish the inning with two strikeouts. He gave up just the one hit and walked one while striking out seven consecutive Tennessee batters between the second and fourth innings.
Broxton allowed a hit to Rubi Silva in the first, but only faced four in his appearance.
Devin Lohman broke the scoreless tie after reaching on a two-out error by Smokies shortstop Jeudy Valdez in the third. Lohman then moved from first to third on a failed pickoff throw from Arrieta and scored moments later on a wild pitch.
The Blue Wahoos later scored two more in the fourth to go ahead 3-0. Lendy Castillo relieved Arrieta in the fourth and was able to retire the first two he faced before walking Juan Silverio and Juan Duran. Castillo then gave up consecutive run scoring singles to Steve Selsky and Rey Navarro.
Lohman struck again with a two-run home run in the sixth off Tennessee’s Corey Black. Black followed Hunter Cervenka who replaced Castillo earlier in the fourth.
Pensacola’s Daniel Ranken pitched a scoreless seventh and struck out two in his one inning relief appearance.
The series continues on Sunday in Pensacola for game four of the five game set. First pitch is at 5 pm.