Five-Run Eighth by Generals Snaps Losing Streak

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Jackson took the opener against Mississippi Thursday night, 8-3

JACKSON, Tenn. (July 18, 2013) – The Jackson Generals (11-14) had not won since July 8th, but with help from a five-run eighth inning they pocketed an 8-3 win over the Mississippi Braves (13-13). The Generals collected three triples in the game and pounded out 14 hits in the win. Jackson’s win snapped the current six-game losing skid.

A day after Mariners farm hand Victor Sanchez threw a no hitter for the Clinton Lumberkings, Anthony Fernandez (ND, 5-5, 4.46) did his best to imitate the right-hander. Fernandez held the Braves hitless through five innings. Mississippi got to him in the sixth though as the left-hander loaded the bases with no outs, but got a double play to erase two runners. Tommy La Stella came through with two outs for the Braves and his two-RBI single tied the game at 2-2. Fernandez ended his outing after the sixth, allowing two runs on two hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.

Jackson finished with 14 hits in total on the night. They struck first in the first frame as Chris Taylor (4-5, 3B, 3 R, RBI, SB) led off with a single. Taylor stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came to score as the next batter, Leon Landry (2-4, 4 RBI, BB, 3B), grabbed an RBI groundout. It was a similar result in the fifth, but Taylor found himself a two-out triple and Landry responded with a single to score the short stop.

The Generals, who had scored a combined four runs in their last series against the Tennessee Smokies, found their way across the plate one more time, this time in the seventh. For the third time, the Jackson short stop was involved in the scoring opportunity. Taylor, who has hit safely in 17 of his first 21 Double-A games produced his third hit of the night, this time scoring John Hicks (0-3, BB, 2 R).

Stephen Shackleford (3.29) gave up a solo shot to Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt in the eighth and the score retreated back to being tie, 3-3.

Jackson had played two extra-inning games against the Smokies in the series before the All-Star Break and they decided to break the tie in regulation. With two outs and runners at the corners, manager Jim Pankovits called on James Jones (1-1, 3B, 2 RBI) to pinch-hit. Jones, who had the lone hit in the All-Star Game for the North Division All-Stars, plugged the right center field gap for his ninth triple on the year. That ties for the league high in the triples category and it gave the Generals a two-run lead, 5-3. They would come up with three more runs and in total plated five in the bottom of the eighth.

Gabriel Noriega (3-4, RBI, R) added his 17th multi-hit game in the victory. The Generals’ tied a season-high three triples and finished the game going 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. All five runs in the eighth inning came with two outs.
The second game of the series will start at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night. Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 2.28) will get the ball for the Generals. He will be opposed by right-hander Michael Lee (5-6, 4.31).

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