Smokies drop home opener to Braves, 6-2

A four-run third inning pushed the Mississippi Braves over the Smokies 6-2 in Tennessee's home opener on Wednesday night.

The Mississippi Braves spoiled the Smokies' home opener, beating Tennessee 6-2.

A four-run third inning sparked by three straight doubles helped lift the Braves to their fourth victory of the young season. The Smokies fell to 2-4.

Outside of the third inning, Tennessee starter Zach Hodges looked good, otherwise allowing only two hits over four innings, but the four-hit, four-run third, started by a leadoff walk, led to his second loss of the season.

Mississippi's bullpen shut the door as Michael Mader and Akeel Morris combined to allow just two hits while striking out six in five innings.

David Bote went 2-for-3 for the Smokies and his .435 (8-20) batting average through six games ranks second among Southern League hitters with at least 20 at bats.

Tennessee and Mississippi play at 11:30 on Thursday morning. Kolby Allard (0-1, 3.60 ERA), the no. 3 prospect in the Braves organization, will start against the Smokies Jen-Ho Tseng (0-0, 1.80).

Tseng is rooming with Maryville native and Heritage High School graduate Trevor Clifton, who is expected to make his first home start for the Smokies on Friday night. Clifton won his first road start on Saturday in Pensacola.

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