Generals Sweep Twin Bill Monday in Dramatic Fashion
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
GENERALS NEWS RELEASE
Doubleheader sweep features Generals’ walkoff and game ending triple play
JACKSON, TENN. (June 10, 2013) - A full night of baseball was packed full of highlights for the home team, as the Jackson Generals (27-33) stole both games of a doubleheader against the Chattanooga Lookouts (31-33) Monday night. It was a night that included a game-ending triple play and a walk-off single made Jackson winners in both games, 5-4 and 2-1.
Chattanooga was ahead 3-0 before a pitch was ever thrown on Monday. Due to the rain suspended game on Sunday night, the game was resumed where things left off, which did not favor the Generals. Blake Smith led off the second inning with a solo shot off Jackson starter James Gillheeney. Rafael Ynoa, hitting right handed, followed that solo shot with a two-run home run later in the inning, as Gillheeney made two mistakes that the Lookouts cashed in on.
The rain came with no outs in the bottom of the second after Julio Morban (0-3, BB, R) had walked to leadoff. When play started Monday, Morban advanced to third after a walk and a wild pitch. Leury Bonilla (0-4, RBI, K) would get Morban in with an RBI groundout and the Generals were on the board.
Jackson tacked two more to the score sheet in the fifth and heading into the bottom of the seventh, things were tied, 3-3. James Jones (3-4, 2 R, RBI, K) led off the inning with a single, but the next two hitters were retired and it gave way to Ji-Man Choi (1-1, R, 3 RBI, HR). Choi, who hit a home run on Saturday night, slammed another fastball over the wall, part of five unanswered runs off the bats of the Generals. Going into the ninth, Jackson was ahead, 5-3.
Carson Smith (6 saves, 2.79) entered the game to close the door for Jackson, but instead was greeted by a leadoff home run from Rafael Ynoa, his second of the game and this time from the right side of the plate. It looked like the Lookouts would tie or go ahead after the next two runners reached base, but a line drive off the bat of Brian Cavazos-Galvez was caught by Gabriel Noriega before it hit the dirt, who tagged second base and threw to Choi at first for a game-ending triple play.
Even though the Generals hung on 5-4, the team was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and they left nine runners on base. Jackson pitching gave up three home runs for the third time this season, tying a season-high.
Chance Ruffin (W, 3-2, 2.95) started game two of the night and was terrific. Ruffin went all seven innings, surrendering only three hits, one unearned run, striking out five and allowing only one walk. Ruffin was able to get the Lookouts’ hitters off balance, recording numerous fly ball outs. However brilliant Ruffin was, Chattanooga starter Duke Von Schamman (0-0, 1.50) was able to outduel him.
Von Schamman made his first appearance with Chattanooga in the 2013 season and sat down 10 Jackson hitters with the strikeout. The right-hander mixed his fastball, changeup and slider perfectly and threw each one for a strike, keeping Jackson batters guessing with every at-bat. Von Schamman allowed only one run on three hits through six innings.
With both pitchers in command, scoring plays were few and far between. The Lookouts finally pushed a run across in the fifth, though. Blake Smith led off the fifth with his eleventh double of the year and advanced to third base on a passed ball. With the infield in for a play at the plate, Sean Burroughs blooped a hit over the second base bag, scoring Smith and giving the Lookouts a 1-0 lead. Jackson looked down and out with the way Von Schamman was pitching, but had saved their offense for the last inning.
Jackson got a leadoff double in the seventh, the last official inning in the doubleheader, from Noriega (2-3, K, R) and then a single from Jones (2-3, R, K). Julio Morban (1-3, 2 K, 2 RBI), 0-for-10 in his last ten at bats, stepped to the plate and busted the ball on a line up the middle. After Jones had took second earlier in the at bat, the right fielder hustled in for the go-ahead, walk-off win. It was the second doubleheader sweep the Generals had got in the last two chances, as they stole two games against the Tennessee Smokies last week.
It will be a quick turn-around tomorrow for the two teams, as the conclusion of the exciting series will begin at 12:05 p.m. (CT). Jackson pitcher Anthony Fernandez (3-1, 5.82) will try for his second straight win, as he will be opposed by another top prospect out of the Dodgers organization in Ross Stripling (1-1, 2.56).