JACKSON, Tenn., - With a season-high seven doubles, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos took the five-game series from the Jackson Generals with an 8-4 win on Tuesday at The Ballpark at Jackson.
First baseman Eric Jagielo, who entered the game with a .207 batting average, led the Blue Wahoos going 4-for-4 with three doubles, two RBIs and a run to up his average to .240.
Winning its fifth series of the season, Pensacola improved its record to 22-18 and remains in first place of the Southern League South Division. Jackson dropped to 22-17 and fell into a tie for third place in the North Division.
RHP Deck McGuire got the win and is now 3-2 on the year with a 2.96 ERA. McGuire has allowed only two hits in the last 35 batters faced. McGuire, who signed as a free agent before the start of Spring Training, has dropped his ERA from a 4.01 to 2.96 after back-to-back starts.
Pensacola took an early lead in the first inning and never looked back. Josh VanMeter extended his hit-streak to eight games with a double to right center and was brought home by a single from right fielder Aristides Aquino.
The Blue Wahoos added two more runs to the scoreboard in the third inning. Shortstop Alex Blandino started the inning with a double to right field which was then proceeded by a walk for third baseman Josh VanMeter. Jagielo knocked his first double of the game to bring home Blandino. Alberti Chavez, who made his first Double-A start, got his first RBI after VanMeter scored on his force out at first.
The Blue Wahoos then exploded offensively with four runs and five hits in the fourth inning. After McGuire grounded out, Leon Landry singled to right field and scored on another Blandino double, this one down the left-field line. VanMeter got on base again, this time with a single to deep second base. Jagielo doubled down the right-field line allowing Blandino to score and VanMeter to move to third. Catcher Adrian Nieto netted a single to right field bringing home both runners, but then was out a second on the throw.
After a quiet fifth and sixth inning for both teams, McGuire was replaced by RHP Jake Ehret who ended up giving up three hits and a walk to allow three runs. LHP Ismael Guillion came into the game in the seventh to replace Ehret and pitched 1.2 inning giving up one hit, one run, two walks and a strikeout. After replacing Guillion in the eighth inning, Geoff Broussard came back out into the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Pensacola returns home to Blue Wahoos Stadium for the Battle of the Bay against the Mobile BayBears.
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