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Fast Start Leads Trash Pandas to 9-5 Game 1 Win

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September 20, 2022 – Southern League (SL)Rocket City Trash Pandas News Release

The Rocket City Trash Pandas took the lead on the game’s second pitch and led from start to finish, holding on at the end for a 9-5 victory over the Tennessee Smokies in Game 1 of the Southern League North Division Series on Tuesday night at Smokies Stadium.

With the win, the Trash Pandas will have an opportunity to close out the best-of-three series on Thursday night in Game 2 at Toyota Field, with Chase Silseth scheduled to get the start.

The Trash Pandas got off to a dream start. On the first pitch of the game by Smokies starter Riley Thompson (L, 0-1), Zach Neto’s hard ground ball went past diving Tennessee third baseman Jake Slaughter and into the left field corner for a leadoff double. Preston Palmeiro teed off on Thompson’s next pitch for a towering two-run homer to right, giving the Trash Pandas a 2-0 lead two pitches into the game.

Rocket City southpaw Ky Bush got the nod on the mound and got off to a rocky start, walking leadoff hitter Yonathan Perlaza. The next hitter, Slaughter, worked the count to 3-1 before Bush rebounded to strike him out. The Rocket City southpaw retired the next two men to end the inning and maintain the lead.

In the second, Jordyn Adams lifted a high fly ball down the right field line that carried just over the fence and stayed fair inside the foul pole for a solo home run and a 3-0 Rocket City lead, sending the Trash Pandas fans that traveled to Tennessee into a frenzy.

Bush recorded his first one, two, three inning in the third before working into trouble in the fourth. Bryce Ball led off with a single and Chase Strumpf doubled off the wall to put runners at second and third with one out. Again, Bush worked through the jam, this time by striking out the next two hitters on only six pitches to keep Tennessee off the board.

Rocket City extended the lead in the fifth. Adams led off the inning with a double and Bryce Teodosio followed with a broken bat ground ball to third for an infield single. Neto then laced a line drive into the gap in left-center, easily scoring Adams. Initially caught between third and home on the throw back to the infield, Teodosio dashed for the plate and made it home with a head first slide to make it 5-0. Logan O’Hoppe’s ground rule double continued the rally, scoring Neto from second. O’Hoppe would come around himself on a wild pitch, capping the inning’s scoring at 7-0 Trash Pandas.

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