Jones Delivers Walk-Off Single in Ninth for Generals
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Jackson takes series opener from Huntsville on Tuesday night
JACKSON, TENN. (May 28, 2013) - The Jackson Generals (23-26) were on the winning side of a walk-off one-run game Tuesday night, taking the series opener against the Huntsville Stars (22-29), 5-4 the. The game marked the 23rd one-run contest Jackson has participated in and only its seventh win.
The Generals struck in the first inning for the fourth time in the last six games, as Denny Almonte (2-4, R, RBI, K) came around to score a run after a crazy play involving a run-down between third base and home. Huntsville was good for a run of their own in the second though, as the Stars cashed in on a lead-off triple from Rene Tosoni.
Jackson scored twice in the second and once more in the fourth, as Huntsville mirrored the home team in the fourth with a run and one more in the seventh. Heading into the top of the ninth, the Generals led 4-3.
Tyler Burgoon (W, 3-1, 2.51) entered the game to try and grab his third save, but Stars third basemen was having none of it. He deposited Burgoon’s third pitch off the very top of the left field wall, bouncing out of the field of play for Walker’s third home run of the year. Burgoon sat down the rest of the side and as the game went to bottom of the ninth, a chance for some heroics presented itself.
…and the home team delivered.
Gabriel Noriega (2-4, 2 R) and Leury Bonilla (2-3, RBI, K) picked up back-to-back singles, starting the inning with runners on the corners and only one out. A 3-2 pitch hit Almonte, leaving the bags packed and giving way to James Jones. Stars’ pitcher Greg Holle (L, 2-2, 4.38) quickly fell behind 3-0 to Jones, but worked it to full with the next two pitches. Jones took the next from Holle and bounced it right over the Huntsville pitcher, past the drawn-in infield, into the outfield, scoring Noriega for the game-winning run. It was only the fourth run Jackson has scored in the ninth inning all year.
Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 1.80) made his first start of the 2013 campaign after being on the disabled list the entire season. Ramirez threw 73 pitches in five innings of work allowing only one earned run on three hits. Ramirez’s counterpart was even better though. Jimmy Nelson (5-3, 2.89) went eight strong surrendering only two earned runs and striking out 10 Jackson hitters. Nelson threw 104 pitches and did not walk a batter.
The second game of the series will begin at 7:05 CST Wednesday night. Anthony Fernandez (2-0, 6.66) will make the start for the Generals. Ariel Pena (4-3, 2.77) will go for the Stars.