Fans flock to see MVP Bryant who doesn't disappoint

Kodak, Tenn. (WVLT/Smokies)-- The Tennessee Smokies defeated the Montgomery Biscuits on Monday night, 6-2, in Kris Bryant's first rehab game with the Smokies. Tennessee totaled 10 hits to go along with a strong pitching performance as 7,613 fans, a season-high, looked on.

Bryant would go on to finish 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and a home run. He also made several nice plays at the hot corner despite recording a throwing error.

Tennessee's offense got things going right out of the gates. Bryant reached on an error by the first baseman and was moved to third on a Zack Short double. Yasiel Balaguert drove in the first run of the game on a single to right field. Tennessee added one more to the lead on a Trent Giambrone infield single.

Bryant was part of a rally again in the bottom of the second inning that increased the Smokies lead. With one out, Charcer Burks doubled and was driven in by Bryant to give Tennessee a 3-0 lead. The lead was 4-0 in the bottom of the third when Vimael Machin hit his third home run of the season over the fence in left.

The former MVP was not done in his dominant effort and put the game out of reach. Burks walked to start the inning, and Bryant hit a two-run home run into the porch in left field to give the Smokies a 6-0 lead.

Matt Swarmer received the start for the Smokies and picked up his first win in Double-A. Swarmer pitched six innings, allowing no runs on two hits and struck out five. Swarmer lowered his ERA to 3.60 with the outing.

Jordan Minch replace Swarmer in the seventh inning and gave up a run in two innings of work. He also struck out one. Jake Stinnett finished the game off in the top of the ninth, giving up a run.

The Smokies and Biscuits will be back in action on Tuesday for an afternoon game beginning at 12 p.m. Thomas Hatch is the projected starter for Tennessee as he looks for win number seven, while Bryant will appear in his second rehab game with the Smokies.