Addison Russell put together another good game Tuesday. Russell hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, his second of the season, as part of a 2-for-5 night at the plate that included a home run, a double, five RBI and two runs scored.
Addison Russell, C.J. Edwards and Albert Almora turned in good performances Tuesday before Montgomery started chipping away at Tennessee’s 6-0 lead in the seventh inning. The Smokies ended up losing Tuesday’s game 7-6 after two errors in the bottom of the ninth opened the door for Montgomery’s four-run inning.
Addison Russell has hit home runs in back-to-back games and has driven in 10 runs in the last five games. Russell is 20-for-66 in his last 17 games with six doubles and four home runs for a .303/.361/.576 slash line with a .937 OPS.
In his 39 games in the Cubs system, Addison Russell has hit .301/.348/.556 with eight doubles and 10 home runs for a .903 OPS.
C.J. Edwards made his fourth start Tuesday since returning from the disabled list, and he was very effective for five innings after not allowing a hit for the first four innings. Edwards tossed five innings of shutout ball and gave up two hits, both in the fifth inning, with two walks. Edwards struck out seven and threw 80 pitches, 41 for strikes.
C.J. Edwards is 0-1 in his last four starts with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Edwards has allowed four runs on 11 hits with seven walks and 17 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.
Albert Almora is looking for a strong finish to his season. After a slow start following his promotion to Double-A Tennessee, Almora has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and is 11-for-36 in his last 10 games. Almora has multi-hit games in three of his last six and went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored Tuesday night.
Even with his struggles this season at the plate, Albert Almora has been consistent in the field … and reportedly has turned in several web gems this year.