Tennessee Smokies Come Back in the 9th, Win on a Walk-Off Pablo Aliendo Homer!
The Double-A Tennessee Smokies have the most prospect-loaded roster in the Chicago Cubs farm system, but they dropped their opener without much excitement, and they looked poised to lose game number two in a similar fashion. Hey, it’s baseball. Anything can happen in a small sample.
After trailing 6-0 in the 5th inning, the Smokies scored five runs to make it a ballgame, before falling back behind by four runs entering the bottom of the 9th. That’s when the bats turned it back on, and caching prospect Pablo Aliendo ripped a three-run, walk-off home run:
That’s a fun win early in the season, especially for this group of prospects. Aliendo, 21, doesn’t get as much attention because he’s the “other” catching prospect at Double-A Tennessee (Miguel Amaya), but he’s a legit prospect in his own right. Nice to see him have a big moment already.