Jackson, Tenn. - A late rally was not enough Wednesday, as the Jackson Generals fell to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 8-4 in the finale at The Ballpark at Jackson. The Generals scored four runs late to cut the deficit to three, but Pensacole plated seven runs over the first four inning to down Jackson in the rubber game.
Jackson (22-17) wraps up its first 10-game homestand of the season with a 3-7 record. After taking four of five from Birmingham to open the season, the Generals have lost their last four series in West Tennessee. The team is 10-14 at home compared to a stellar 12-3 mark on the road.
Pensacola (22-18) scored in the opening frame for a second day in a row. With two outs and nobody on, Josh VanMeter doubled and scored on a singly by Aristedes Aquino to put the Wahoos on top. The visitors scored twice in the third behind an Eric Jagielo double and a fielder's choice groundout from Alberti Chavez to make it 3-0.
The dam broke in the fourth inning when Pensacola scored four times to go up by seven. Alex Blandino and Jagielo both drove in runs with doubles, while a pair came home on a single from Adrian Nieto to make it 7-0 in favor of Pensacola. Brooks Hall (1-4, 6.08) allowed seven runs on 11 hits over five innings, taking the loss on the mound for the Generals.
On the other side, Jackson could not do much against Deck McGuire (3-2, 2.96). Over six innings, Pensacola's starter allowed just one hit. The Generals did walk five times against him-part of a season-high eight in the game-but were unable to score until facing the bullpen.
In the seventh, the Generals were able to rally for three runs. Victor Reyes doubled, Kevin Cron singled and Evan Marzilli walked to load the bases. An infield single by Michael Perez got Jackson on the board. Kelly Dugan was hit by a pitch to follow, forcing in another run before Jamie Westbrook got it to 7-3 with a groundout.
Jackson left the bases loaded in the seventh, but did push another run across in the eighth on a double by Perez, who led the way on offense with a pair of RBI. The three-run margin was as close as the Generals could get, as Pensacola added an insurance run in the ninth on a Nieto groundout to make it 8-4.
Pensacola's Geoff Broussard (S, 4) was able to shut the door by retiring the only man he faced in the eighth before finishing the game off in the ninth. The Generals managed to get the tying run to the plate in the seventh and in the on-deck circle in the eighth, but ultimately could not climb out of the early hole.
Gabriel Moya pitched two scoreless innings in relief before the Generals turned to a pair of relievers who pitched Tuesday night. Jared Miller worked the eighth without allowing a run before Daniel Gibson surrendered his first earned run of the season in the ninth.
Pensacola's 15 hits were the most for a Jackson opponent in 2017. The Wahoos totaled seven doubles as a team, led by three from Eric Jagielo. On his 25th birthday, Jagielo went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Generals travel to Montgomery to kick off a six-game series-which includes a doubleheader Sunday-Thursday night. Righty Brad Keller (3-1, 2.76) takes the mound in the opener opposite Hunter Wood (3-2, 4.54) for the Biscuits. First pitch from Riverwalk Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT, and you can catch all the action with the team on the road starting with the pregame show at 6:50 pm CT on Willie 94 FM and 1390 AM in Jackson.
Jackson hits the road for eleven games in Montgomery and Jacksonville before returning home May 30 for five versus the Mississippi Braves. The series kicks off with a Thrifty Thursday, and includes both the Hub City Hippos and a Leaders Credit Union Food Truck Friday the next night! Saturday is Star Wars Night with Postgame Fireworks presented by Hardeman County Correctional Facility! In addition to Fireworks, a lucky fan will win a trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios to experience Star Wars in Florida! And the first 1,000 through the gate will take home a jersey T-shirt!
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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