JACKSON, Ten. - Tyler O'Neill's walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th won Game 1 of the 2016 North Division series for the Jackson Generals, beating the Biscuits in heartbreaking fashion, 3-0.
Generals starting pitcher Andrew Moore went nine scoreless innings for the second-straight outing against Montgomery, allowing just one hit over the nine frames. The 22-year-old right-hander had a perfect game entering the seventh inning before Kean Wong came through with a lead-off drag bunt single to spoil the bid and the no-hitter. However, the single would prove to be the only Biscuits base hit of the night.
Chih-Wei Hu on the other side was outstanding, nearly matching Moore pitch-for-pitch, hurling 7.2 shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks to go along with five strikeouts in the no decision. Kyle Winkler came on to relieve the Taiwanese righty and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings before the reigns were handed to Jaye Chapman (0-1) in the bottom of the 10th.
After Chapman retired Adam Law to begin the inning, the 29-year-old would walk Ian Miller-who stole second-and then Benji Gonzalez, before striking out Tim Lopes. That brought up O'Neill, the Southern League MVP, and on a 3-2 pitched the right-fielder hit a towering fly-ball deep down the left field line that barely hooked around the foul pole to give Jackson the walk-off win in Game 1.
The Biscuit now trail the Generals 1-0 in the North Division Series, but will look to even the tie on Thursday when Brent Honeywell takes on Brett Ash in Game 2 at 6:05 PM.
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