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Wahoos Come From Behind For Opening Night 6-5 Win

Latos surrendered five runs over four innings in his rehab start

In front of a lively sellout crowd of 5,038, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos beat the Tennessee Smokies 6-5 Thursday on Opening Night at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium in Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Wahoos (1-0) overcame a five-run deficit and scored two runs off a Brodie Greene single in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead for the first time. It was the second straight opening day win for the Blue Wahoos over the Smokies (0-1).

Cincinnati Reds RHP Mat Latos started for the Wahoos and went 4.0 IP and allowed 5 R/3 ER on 7 hits including a home run. The right-hander had 3 walks and struck out 3 in his rehab stint.
"My ego is a little bruised," said Latos. "It is what it is. I feel great. The body of the knee feels good, the elbow feels good. That was the main concern, the elbow."
RHP Carlos Contreras pitched strong in relief with 3.0 IP allowing no runs with 6 strikeouts. RHP Drew Hayes slammed the door on Tennessee with a perfect 9th inning to close the game out and earn his first save of the year.

Second baseman Brodie Greene went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI. Third baseman Juan Silverio went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and scored the typing run in the bottom of the 8th. Reds rehabber Devin Mesoraco had a sacrifice fly for an RBI, as well.

Smokies` RHP Dae-Eun Rhee pitched 4.0 IP and gave up 3 R/2 ER with 5 walks and 4 punch outs. RHP Tony Zych pitched 1 IP and earned the loss giving up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th.

Kris Bryant went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Center fielder Zeke DeVoss had a triple and an RBI during his 2-for-5 performance.

Since the Wahoos scored 5 runs, all online orders on Friday at Papa John`s are 50% off. The Wahoos and Smokies square off again tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. for game two of their five-game series to start the season. Reds` relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton is likely to go one inning to start the game tomorrow. RHP Daniel Corcino will follow behind the rehab stint. The Smokies will counter with top pitching prospect RHP C.J. Edwards. Tomorrow`s game will be broadcast on ESPN Pensacola.