CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (APRIL 5, 2014) - After being held scoreless for the first five innings of Saturday night's game at Chattanooga (1-2), the Generals (2-1) offense exploded during a 3-run sixth inning rally to capture their second win of the 2014 season with a 6-1 victory.
Jabari Blash scored first as Gabriel Noriega reached on a two-out, bases loaded fielding error by third baseman Daniel Mayora. Jamal Austin added an RBI single that scored Dan Paolini and Ramon Morla to give the Generals a 3-1 lead.
Austin went 2-for-4 including a first-inning double to extend a 3-game hitting streak dating back to the Generals' 12-7 opening day win on Thursday. The center fielder leads Jackson with a team-best .462 batting average.
Morla added to the Generals' lead two innings later, scoring Paolini on an RBI single to put Jackson ahead 4-1.
Blash also extended his own three-game hitting streak with a ninth-inning RBI single that scored Nate Melendres and Jack Marder. His six RBIs in the team's first three games are the most among Generals hitters.
Starter Cam Hobson earned his first win of 2014 in his season debut. Hobson allowed three hits, one run and had three strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.
O'Koyea Dickson provided the only RBI for Chattanooga with a first-inning, two-out double that scored Mayora to give the Lookouts an early lead.
Chattanooga starter Chris Reed pitched well prior to the Generals' offensive outburst. The left-hander pitched five scoreless innings and had four strikeouts before allowing three un-earned runs in the sixth.
W- Cam Hobson: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB 3 SO, 1.59 ERA
L- Chris Reed: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA
S- David Colvin 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
Game four of the five-game series is Sunday at 1:15 p.m. CT at AT&T Field in Chattanooga. RHP Victor Sanchez will make his 2014 season debut as he faces Lookouts right-hander Andres Santiago. The game can be heard on 96.5 ESPN, jacksongeneralsbaseball.com and TuneIn Radio.
The Generals will host their annual FanFest at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8th, which will prelude the home opener on Thursday, April 9th at 7:05 p.m. against the Mississippi Braves (ATL).
This will be the 17th season of Double-A Professional Baseball in Jackson. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, visit www.jacksongeneralsbaseball.com, follow the club on Twitter(@jacksongenerals) or like the team on Facebook. Ticket packages for the 2014 season are on-sale now by calling (731) 988-5299.
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