5/1 Smokies beat Kershaw
Dustin Geiger had two hits and two RBIs, John Andreoli had two hits, and Rafael Lopez hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh to lead Double-A Tennessee to a 4-3 victory Wednesday night over Chattanooga and Major League pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw was on a rehab assignment for the parent Dodgers, and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out nine in front of a sellout crowd of 6,318 in Chattanooga.
Both of Geiger’s hits came off Kershaw.
Smokies starter Ivan Pineyro struck out six gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. Ryan Searle picked up the win in relief.
Kershaw walked Andreoli to start the game, and gave up a two-out RBI double to Geiger in the first. Geiger added a RBI single in the fifth.
Kris Bryant, ranked No. 2 on MLB.com’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, went 0-for-5 in the game, and got tangled up with first baseman O’Koyea Dickson when he reached on an error in the first. Bryant was not injured and stayed in the game.
Kershaw, who has been sidelined with a strained upper back, threw 86 pitches in his second rehab start, including 29 in the first inning.
– Carrie Muskat