The Pensacola Blue Wahoos shut out the Tennessee Smokies 5-0 in a rain-shortened game Saturday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Blue Wahoos’ (2-1) pitching staff gave up only two hits to the Smokies (1-2). Pitcher Robert Stephenson shined in his 2014 debut striking out a career-high 11 batters.
Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher 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.
Daniel Renken pitched a scoreless top half of the seventh for the Wahoos 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.
The Wahoos will send Jon Moscot to the mound Sunday to face the Smokies’ Ivan Pineyro. Game time is 4 p.m. in Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.