Shortstop Addison Russell, the Cubs' No. 3 prospect, homered in his first two plate appearances Friday, but it wasn't enough as Double-A Tennessee was edged by Mississippi, 9-8.
Both of Russell's home runs came off Braves starter Mitch Atkins. His first was a three-run shot in the first inning. The second was a solo shot in the second inning. He drove both home runs well beyond the left-field wall in Smokies Park.
Russell, ranked No. 11 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, finished the night 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs.
After hitting two home runs in his first 28 games this season, Russell has hit two homers in a game twice this week. He also homered twice Sunday in a victory at Huntsville.
Center fielder Albert Almora, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect and No. 14 in the Top 100, went 1-for-5 with a run Friday in his second game since being promoted to Tennessee. Third baseman Christian Villanueva, the Cubs' No. 13 prospect, added three hits.