Generals Fall to Barons 7-2 on Independence Day Eve

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The largest crowd since 2007, 6,432 witnessed the series finale

JACKSON, Tenn. (July 3, 2013) - The little mistakes added up for the Jackson Generals (6-7) as they dropped the series finale to the Birmingham Barons (8-7), 7-2. The Generals were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and committed three errors on the night. Jackson had base runners in six innings, but ended up leaving seven runners on base. The game was played in front of 6,432 fans which was the largest crowd at The Ballpark in Jackson since July 3, 2007.

Jackson starter Chance Ruffin (L, 4-3, 3.66), could not find his location and got into trouble early. Ruffin gave up two free passes, both in the first inning, and one of those runners came across scoring the first run. He found real trouble in the third frame, giving up a two-run home run to Jared Mitchell. Mitchell’s home run was a laser beam over the right field wall, and it put the visitors up, 4-0. Ruffin would go on to surrender another home run, his 11th long ball to give up on the season, as the he labored through four innings. The right-hander allowed seven hits, four earned runs in total and struck out three.

Leon Landry (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R) was in the leadoff spot tonight and provided the team a multi-hit game. Landry took Michael Nix deep in the third, over the right field wall, but it ended up being the only offensive spark from Jackson on the night. Chris Taylor (1-3, BB) extended his hitting streak to six games, as Michael Dowd (3-4, 2B, R) was left stranded twice with his first three-hit game at the Double-A level.

Barons’ starter Michael Nix was clutch in his six innings of work. He allowed the home run to Landry, but kept things quiet otherwise. The Generals had their chances, pounding out seven hits against Nix, but couldn’t provide hits in the important moments. Nix only walked one hitter and struck out six. The bullpen was sharp for the Barons, working three innings and only allowing two hits, while striking four.
Jackson is back in action tomorrow against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. (CT). It will be Anthony Fernandez (5-3, 5.27) up against Shaun Ellis (2-1, 3.76)


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