Chattanooga, Tenn. - The Jackson Generals used timely hitting and fantastic pitching to get by Chattanooga Thursday night 3-0 in the series finale. The victory gave Jackson three out of five against the best team in the Southern League on the road at AT&T Field as they head into a crucial series with Montgomery.
Kevin Cron provided much of the run production in Thursday's win. He came up with two outs and one on in the third inning. With a full count, Cron mashed his 32nd double of the year to right-center that allowed Victor Reyes to score from first and get Jackson on the board.
Cron was part of Jackson's eighth inning rally as well. With one out and men on at the corners, his lineout to center scored Galli Cribbs from third to make it 2-0. The slugger is now tied for the league-lead with 32 doubles and his 80 RBI are 14 better than Tennessee's Jason Vosler.
Jackson (23-22, 60-55) added another run in the eighth inning, with Reyes scoring as Michael Perez got caught in a rundown. The 3-0 edge was more than enough for the Generals, who earned an 11th shutout victory behind strong efforts from a quartet of hurlers.
Joel Payamps (6-5, 4.96) was dynamite again for the Generals, going six innings without allowing a run and issuing just one walk. The Southern League's reigning Pitcher of the Week only faced significant trouble in the sixth. With a runner on second, Jon Rodriguez singled to left field. Jamie Westbrook kept the Lookouts off the board with an outfield assist from left to get Edgar Corcino at the plate.
The righty has now thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings for Jackson. Payamps was coming off a seven-inning complete game one-hitter his last start. Mason McCullough, Yuhei Nakaushiro and Joey Krehbiel eached pitched scoreless innings in relief to finish it off. Krehbiel (S, 1) earned his first save of the year, striking out three in the ninth inning.
Felix Jorge (9-3, 3.44) suffered just his third loss of the year for Chattanooga despite working into the eighth inning. He allowed all three Jackson runs (two earned) on 10 hits in 7.2 innings. Victor Reyes led the way for Jackson on offense, with three of the team's 11 hits in the win.
The Generals handed Chattanooga (74-41, 32-13) their first series loss since May with the win in the rubber match. After a day off on Wednesday, the team begins a big series versus Montgomery at Riverwalk Stadium. The Generals are right in the mix along with the Biscuits and Smokies for a playoff spot in the North Division.
Jackson continues the 10-game road trip Thursday in Montgomery. Righty Ryan Atkinson (1-1, 2.45) is set to make his second Double-A start in the opener against a to be determined starter for the Biscuits. First pitch from Riverwalk Stadium is at 7:05 pm CT, and fans can hear all the action at 6:50 pm CT starting with the Pregame Show on Willie 94 FM &1390 AM!
The Generals return home for their penultimate series in Jackson this season August 16. The series versus the Biloxi Shuckers features a Thrifty Thursday and a Leaders Credit Union Food Truck Friday! Saturday, August 19 is Big Bang Theory Night presented by Hunt Brothers Pizza with Postgame Fireworks! The Generals will be giving away t-shirts, and one lucky fan will win a trip to Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville! Jackson's special Superhero Jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to Ashley Furniture's A Hope to Dream Foundation!
The final Fireworks Show of the year is August 26! Jackson's annual SEC Night with Postgame Fireworks is sponsored by WBBJ and Jackson Sport & Fitness! The Generals will be giving away tickets to a number of SEC Football games throughout the night! Early arrivers will take home a trucker hat, and the Memphis Grizzlies Caravan will be at the game with former Kentucky standout Andrew Harrison!
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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