Pearl, Miss. - The Generals trailed by five runs through two innings, but managed to come back and beat Mississippi 8-7 Tuesday night at Trustmark Park. Jackson's biggest comeback of the year gave extended the team's winning streak to a season-long five games.
Jackson (10-9, 47-42) only led in the first and ninth innings, but it was enough for the victory. The Generals are now above .500 in the Second Half, and the team is just a half-game back of Tennessee in the Wild Card standings.
Drew Muren (2-1, 5.40) managed to both get the victory on the mound and score the winning run. The tall righty struck out three over two scoreless innings in relief to keep the game tied at seven. In the top of the ninth, he singled with one out while batting for himself. With Victor Reyes up, a wild pitch moved him to second and an errant throw by Mississippi catcher Sal Giardina got him to third base. Two batters later, he scored the go-ahead run on an Evan Marzilli single that deflected off of pitcher Philip Pfeifer (1-3, 4.06) to make it 8-7.
Gabriel Moya (S, 16) remained perfect as Jackson's closer, retiring the side on nine pitches to pick up his 16th save of the season. Moya has not allowed a run since May 1, a span of 21 appearances.
Trailing 7-3 going into the seventh inning, the Generals managed to rally to tie the game thanks to a string of two-out hits. With two on, Dawel Lugo drove in Kevin Medrano with a single. Pinch-hitter Domingo Leyba followed by driving a two-run double over the head of right fielder Connor Lien. To complete the comeback, Stewart Ijames blasted a triple off the wall in center field to get Leyba home and make it 7-7.
Mississippi (4-14, 38-50) jumped in front with six runs over the first two innings. The Braves had been held scoreless on seven hits in the first two games of the series. They followed a Jackson run in the first with three of their own on five hits. In the second, home runs from Keith Curcio and Ronald Acuna made it 6-1.
The Generals had not come back from more than four runs down at any point this season before Tuesday. Lugo, who drove in three runs, made it a four-run game in the third with an RBI double. In the fifth, he drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.
Jackson's bullpen was fantastic, allowing just a run on three hits in seven innings of work. The only Mississippi run against the relief corps came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Gabe Speier, Josh Taylor, Muren and Moya struck out nine and walked only two while allowing just three hits to keep the Generals in the game.
Jamie Westbrook had a pair of hits in the contest, stretching his hitting streak to 10 games. The contest included a total of ten pitches and five errors between the two teams. The Generals used all but one bench player in the contest, which took three hours and 40 minutes.
The Generals go for the sweep and a six-game winning streak in the finale Wednesday night at Trustmark Park. Righty Ivan Pineyro (6-0, 2.98) goes for Jackson against Mississippi's Kolby Allard (5-6, 2.88). First pitch from Pearl, Mississippi is set for 6:00 pm CT, and fans can follow along by tuning in on Willie 94 FM & 1390 AM starting with the Pregame Show at 5:45 pm CT.
After the series in Mississippi, the Generals return home Thursday to continue a fun-filled July! The opener is a Thrifty Thursday, featuring $2 deals on general admission tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, soda, beer, ice cream and fun zone access! For just $6, fans can get reserved seats! Game two is a Leaders Credit Union Food Truck Friday, featuring a bevy of local food trucks in the fun zone! The Generals will also play as the Hub City Hippos, as they do at every Friday home game! The special game-worn and signed jerseys will be auctioned off at year's end with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson thanks to Tennessee 811!
The series is highlighted by Disney Night sponsored by Tennessee Donor Services Saturday! It's one of the biggest nights of the summer in Jackson, so get your tickets now! We'll have a special Disney-themed Fireworks Show after the game, one of four shows in July! One lucky fan will also win a Disney Vacation!
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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