Smokies Take Two from Generals on Wednesday

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Chris Taylor blasted his first Double-A home run in game two

JACKSON, Tenn. (July 10, 2013) – The first two games of a seven-game set with Tennessee did not go Jackson’s direction, as the Smokies (12-8) took both against the Generals (10-10) with scores of 7-2 and 5-2. The first game was the completion of the June 28th game between the two teams that was cancelled because of rain. Jackson’s season-high four-game win streak was brought to an end, as Tennessee improved to 12-3 against the Generals on the season.

Moises Hernandez (6.30) picked up the rain-suspended game in the second inning for Jackson. Hernandez struggled through his season-high 4.1 innings of work. The Smokies pounded out seven hits off the reliever and snatched four runs. Hernandez struck out one and walked one. Chance Ruffin (L, 4-3, 3.55) actually suffered the loss for the game after giving up two earned runs in 1.1 innings back on June 28th.

The 2-3-4 hitters in the Smokies lineup combined to go 8-for-10 with four RBIs and three runs in the first game. They kept the game out of reach, as the heart of the lineup contributed to the 13 total hits Tennessee produced. Ramon Morla (2-3, 2B, R) led the way for Jackson offensively, while Jack Marder (1-2, RBI) contributed with a RBI in the sixth.

The second game of the doubleheader started well for the home team. Starting pitcher Anthony Fernandez (L, 5-5, 4.86) breezed through the first inning and Chris Taylor (1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB) took the first pitch of the bottom of the frame and deposited it over the left field wall for his first Double-A home run. Jackson grabbed another run in the next inning, as Ji-Man Choi (1-2, 3B, R, BB) led off the inning with his first triple of the season and came around to score on a Marder (1-2, RBI) sacrifice fly. After two innings, the Generals led 2-1.

Both pitchers settled in quickly, but Fernandez ran into a tough fifth inning. Arismendy Alcantara, one of the Cubs top prospects, took Fernandez deep for a three-run long ball. It capped a four-run frame for the Smokies and it would be plenty for Tennessee. Fernandez gave up only two hits in five innings, but both of them were home runs. The left-hander walked four and struck out four.

Nick Hill (2.45) and Tyler Burgoon (2.16) pitched scoreless innings in relief for Jackson. James Jones (1-3, BB, SB) got his team-leading twenty-first stolen base in the second game. Jones has only been caught seven times. In total of the two games, Jackson left 13 runners on base.
The series will continue with a 7:05 p.m. start time tomorrow night. Roenis Elias (5-7, 2.77) will make the start for Jackson. The left-hander will be opposed by Alberto Cabrera (8-3, 3.32). Both pitchers are heading to the All-Star Game.

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