Jackson, Tenn. - The Generals overcame a four-run deficit in the eighth Wednesday morning, capping off a dramatic 8-7 over Montgomery with Kelly Dugan's ninth-inning double to score Michael Pérez. Jackson scored four runs to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, setting the table for the team's first walk-off win of 2017.
With two outs and no one on in the ninth, catcher Michael Pérez worked a walk versus Montgomery's Diego Castillo (0-1, 2.25). The Biscuits put a shift on against Dugan, but the left-handed swinger beat it with a lofted ball down the line in right. It gone down and rolled all the way into the corner, allowing Pérez to score the winning run as the Generals completed a dramatic comeback.
Jackson (9-4) trailed 7-3 midway through the eighth inning after the Biscuits scored three in the top of the frame. The Generals immediately began to rally, loading the bases with no one out. Dugan made it a three-run game with a sacrifice fly to center before Colin Walsh singled to load the bases again. Against Castillo, Dawel Lugo came through with a two-run single to center that made it a one run game. Two batters later, Kevin Cron knotted the game at seven with a base hit to right field that scored Walsh.
Joey Krehbiel (1-0, 0.00) worked around a walk and a single in the top of the inning to earn his first win of the year. The righty has not allowed a run in his first 6.2 innings of work in 2017.
The game went back-and-forth all day long. Montgomery (7-6) plated the first run of the game in the opening inning on a single by Justin O'Conner. The Generals scored twice in the bottom of the third, with Dawel Lugo's RBI double giving the home team a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived, as Montgomery tied the score at two with a Nathan Lukes in the top of the fourth. The Generals got in front again in the last of the fourth, with Pérez bringing home Jamie Westbrook on a groundout to make it 3-2. Again, the Biscuits came right back, plating a run on a two-out double by Justin Williams in the fifth.
Brooks Hall went five innings for the Generals in his second start of the season, surrendering three runs on eight hits over five innings. Montgomery took the lead in the seventh versus Grant Sides. Alec Sole followed a leadoff triple by Riley Unroe with a single to center that put the visitors up 4-3.
Montgomery added to its first lead of the game with three runs in the top of the eighth versus Drew Muren. The Biscuits sent eight to the plate, scoring three times on two hits and three walks to go up by four runs. That's when the comeback began for the Generals.
The walk-off win was the first for the Generals in 2017, and four runs marks the largest deficit the team has overcome thus far. The Generals avoided a three-game skid with the comeback, and they improved their lead atop the North Division to two games.
Jackson can even the series up in game four Thursday night. Right-hander Brad Keller (2-0, 0.90) takes the hill for his third Double-A start opposite Montgomery's Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 1.93). First pitch is back to 6:05 pm CT on Thursday, with coverage beginning on Radio Willie (94.1, 94.3 FM and 1390 AM) in Jackson and online via the TuneIn Radio App starting at 5:50 pm CT.
The series continues with a Thrifty Thursday, featuring $2 deals on general admission tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, 24-oz. soda, 16-oz. beer, ice cream and Fun Zone access! Reserved seats can be purchased for just $6! The series wraps up with a Leaders Credit Union Food Truck Friday April 21! A bevy of local food trucks will be at The Ballpark, and the team will be suited up as the Hub City Hippos for the second time this season!
Make sure to get your tickets now to see the 20th season of professional baseball in Jackson, and the first for the team as an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks! Call the team at (731) 988.5299, stop by The Ballpark or go online to jacksongeneralsbaseball.com to secure your seats now!
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