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Trash Pandas Drop Wild One to Smokies, 8-7 in 10 Innings

Home Runs Sink Rocket City in 4-2 Loss

August 3, 2022 – Southern League (SL)Rocket City Trash Pandas News Release

MADISON, Alabama – An epic comeback in the bottom of the ninth was not enough for the Rocket City Trash Pandas on Tuesday night, as they were unable to score in extra innings in an 8-7 loss in 10 innings to the Tennessee Smokies in the opener of a six-game series at Toyota field.


Trailing 7-1 and down to their last three outs, Rocket City began the rally. Walks to Livan Soto and Preston Palmeiro and a hit-by-pitch from Sonny DiChiara loaded the bases with one out. Two fielding errors from the Smokies allowed two Rocket City runs to score, cutting the deficit to 7-3. A bases-loaded walk from Ryan Aguilar got another run home and a wild pitch plated Zach Humphreys to make it a 7-5 game and put the tying runs in scoring position. Kevin Maitan then delivered the clutch hit for the Trash Pandas, lining a single through the right side, scoring Jeremiah Jackson and Aguilar to tie the game 7-7. Rocket City evened the game with six runs on one hit in the bottom of the ninth.

But in the 10th, Tennessee responded with a two-out RBI single from Yonathan Perlaza off Kolton Ingram (L, 3-2) to re-take the lead at 8-7. In the bottom of the inning, Smokies reliever Jeremiah Estrada (W, 1-0) retired the Trash Pandas in order to finish the win for the visitors.

The Smokies also opened the scoring in the top of the second against Rocket City starter Coleman Crow. Miguel Amaya began the frame with a ground-rule double and Andy Weber followed with an RBI single to center for the first run of the game. Later in the inning, Perlaza’s two-out single to right plated Weber for a 2-0 Tennessee lead in the second.

From there, the Smokies used the home run ball extend the advantage. Alexander Canario connected on a solo shot to left center in the third and Perlaza hit one to a similar spot in the fourth to double the Tennessee run total to four. Following a walk to Weber in the fifth, Luis Vazquez hit a two-run homer, bringing an end to Crow’s night with the Trash Pandas down 6-0.

Over 4.1 innings, Crow allowed six runs on a season-high 11 hits, walking one and striking out five. At the plate, the Trash Pandas could muster little against Smokies starter Jordan Wicks. The starter limited Rocket City to three singles and no walks over five innings while striking out eight.

In relief for the Trash Pandas, Sean McLaughlin threw 1.2 scoreless innings. Rocket City finally got on the board in the bottom of the…

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