BIRMINGHAM — Rain impeded the Tennessee Smokies series at the Birmingham Barons over the weekend and last week.
Sunday’s series finale was rained out, but before that, Tennessee lost the last four games of the series.
Wednesday’s contest was suspended due to rain and picked back up on Thursday, but a late rally by the Smokies (10-18) couldn’t overcome four early runs by the Barons, and Tennessee lost 5-4.
In the second game of the day, neither team did much at the plate in the seven-inning contest.
A total of two hits for each team led to a 1-0 loss for the Smokies before they fell 6-1 on Friday.
Peyton Remy pitched six innings, giving up only two hits and no earned runs in Thursday’s shutout loss. He struck out seven and walked only one.
In Saturday’s series finale, the Smokies trailed 10-4 after five frames, but a furious eighth inning rally wasn’t enough.
They plated five runs in the eighth thanks to two bases-loaded walks and two singles, but ultimately they lost 10-9.
Tennessee’s lone win of the series came last Tuesday, 6-4, in the first game.
The Chicago Cubs number nine prospect second baseman Chase Strumpf was called up from High-A South Bend to start the series, and in his first at bat on Tuesday he homered.
Tennessee’s Sunday game vs. the Barons (20-9) will be made up at a later date this summer in Tennessee.
Birmingham is in first place in the Double-A South North Division, while the Smokies are 9.5 games back in last place.
The Smokies are set to open up a 12-game homestand on Tuesday with a six-game series vs. the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
Rocket City took five of six games in a series in Madison, Alabama a few weeks ago between the two teams.