JACKSON, Tenn. - Coming off a season high 16 hits on Thursday night, the Barons posted another 14 on Friday, but an early deficit was too large for the road side to overcome.
Tanner Banks took the loss for Birmingham to move to 0-2. The righty lasted only two innings and gave up seven earned runs on seven hits while walking four and not striking out any Generals hitters.
Despite being outhit when the game was all said and done, Jackson got the scoring started in the very first inning. After Evan Marzilli doubled to lead off the game for the Generals, Kevin Cron blasted his 17th home run to left field to put the home team ahead 2-0. Birmingham responded with two runs of their own in the second when Mason Robbins and Courtney Hawkins hit back to back singles and were plated by Trey Michalczewski's fourth double of the year.
Jackson would do considerable damage in the bottom half of that inning, scraping across four runs in the bottom of the second. Three consecutive singles followed by a suicide squeeze by Gaili Cribbs scored two of the runs, and the other pair scored after three consecutive walks, a single, and a Jamie Westbrook sacrifice fly.
The Barons scored single runs in both the third and fourth innings on a Nick Basto double and an Eddy Alvarez RBI groundout and the game was 7-4 in favor of Jackson after four innings. Run scoring base knocks from Westbrook and Michael Perez plated two more runs for the Generals in the sixth, and Birmingham was able to get one of those runs back on Trey Michalczewski's second double of the day in the top of the seventh, giving him three runs batted in on the day. Nick Basto also finished the game with two doubles after his second one scored Eddy Alvarez from first base in the top of the eighth to bring the score to 9-6 in favor of the Jackson Generals.
Overall, the Barons outhit the home side by a 14 to 12 total, but Birmingham was five for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base by the game the game was final. Connor Walsh was first out of the bullpen in relief and was able to keep the scoring where it was in the middle innings, as Walsh tossed three scoreless, hitless innings while walking one and striking out three. Mason McCullough got his first win of the year in the Generals victory, and Gabriel Moya earned his 10th save of the season.
The Barons and the Generals finish their five game series tomorrow evening at 6:05 p.m. CT, with righty Jordan Stephens on the mound for the Barons and fellow right hander Taylor Clarke throwing for the Generals. Curt Bloom will bring you all the action starting with the Coca-Cola pregame show starting at 5:55 p.m. on 105.5 FM WERC and the iHeart Radio app.
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