Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta made a rehab start for the Smokies but the Tennessee offense produced just two hits in a 5-0 loss to Pensacola.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Team Release)- In front of the third straight sell-out crowd to start the season, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos blew out the Tennessee Smokies 5-0 in a rain-shortened game Saturday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium in Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Wahoos' (2-1) pitching staff was spectacular giving up just two hits to the Smokies (1-2). RHP Robert Stephenson dazzled in his 2014 debut striking out a career-high 11 batters. Even though the game was shortened to seven innings by rain, many of the fans stuck around to watch the post-game fireworks presented by Pepsi and Marcus Pointe Baptist Church.
Cincinnati Reds' RHP Jonathan Broxton started for the Wahoos for the second straight night throwing one scoreless inning. Stephenson, the Reds' top prospect, came on in relief and struck out 11 batters in just five innings of work. Stephenson's 11 strikeouts were a career high and he tied J.C. Sulbaran for the second most in club history.
RHP Daniel Renken pitched a scoreless top half of the seventh before the umpires decided to call the game due to steady rain that had been falling since the second inning.
Shortstop Devin Lohman hit the Wahoos' first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 6th inning that gave them a 5-0 lead. First baseman Steve Selsky and second baseman Rey Navarro had back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth to give the Wahoos a 3-0 lead.
Chicago Cubs rehabber RHP Jake Arrieta pitched three innings during his rehab start giving up 1 R/0ER while striking out three. Arrieta was saddled with the loss despite giving up just one unearned run. RHP Corey Black pitched 2 innings giving up five hits and the two-run home run to Lohman.
Centerfielder Rubi Silva and catcher Charles Cutler were the only Smokies to register a hit in the contest.
The Wahoos will throw RHP Jon Moscot Sunday at 4:00 p.m. RHP Ivan Pineyro is scheduled to pitch for the Smokies.