Blane's RBI Triple in Ninth Ends Generals Win Streak


Barons strike for three runs in ninth for 4-1 win over Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. (July 1, 2013) - A bases-clearing triple from Barons’ (7-6) catcher Mike Blanke in the top of the ninth swayed an otherwise tight game the Barons way, as the Generals (5-6) fell 4-1. It was Blanke’s first triple of the year helping the Barons improve to 41-14 on the year when they score first.

Starters Anthony Vasquez (0-0, 4.22) and Stephen McCray (7-6, 4.17) kept the offenses quiet with solid outings. Vasquez had trouble in the first, giving up a leadoff double to Marcus Semien who scored on a sacrifice fly. The lefthander gave up base hits in each of the first three innings, but eventually retired 10 straight batters before leaving after six innings. Vasquez allowed four hits in total and only the one run in the first. He struck out two but used his changeup to get 8 fly ball outs.

McCray’s performance was a near duplicate. The right hander was trying to earn his eighth win Monday night, but exited in the sixth inning after giving up a run on four hits. He walked only one too, but struck out a season-high eight hitters. McCray began the game by retiring 11 straight, but left with a no decision.

Both teams combined for 16 hits Monday night. Denny Almonte (1-4, 2B, R, 2 K) struck out his first two at bats, but ripped a one-out double in the sixth, as Chris Taylor (2-4, RBI) drove him in later in the frame. Taylor has now hit safely in eight of his first ten Double-A games.

The pitching stayed strong in the late innings as both bullpens picked up where the starters had left things. Stephen Kohlscheen (3.32) came into the seventh and ended up loading the bases with two walks and a single. He worked out of it though, as he eventually struck out the side. Kohlscheen would work two innings and not allow a run. Nick Hill (L, 2-3, 2.67) did not find the same type of fortune out of the pen. Hill struck out the first batter he faced in the ninth, but back-to-back hits, followed by an intentional walk, loaded the bases yet again for a Generals’ reliever. The home team could not work out of it unscathed this time as Mike Blanke hit his first triple of the year, clearing the bases and giving the Barons a 4-1 victory.

Taylor Thompson pitched a one-hit ninth inning and grabbed his 11th save of the season. After the run came across in the first, opponents are now outscoring the Generals 92-62 in the first two innings. Jackson is now 1-6 when the game is tied after eight innings.
The fourth game in the series is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night. James Gillheeney (3-3, 3.83) gets the start and will go up against Spencer Arroyo (6-4, 3.65) on the mound


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