Jackson, Tenn. - Iván Pineyro turned in one of the best starts of the season Sunday night, pitching seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win for the Generals over Jacksonville. The righty struck out 12 without walking a batter, and Jackson was able to push across a run in the seventh inning to secure a series win.
The first man Pineyro (6-0, 1.95) faced reached before he got into a groove. Alex Yarbrough led off the game for Jacksonville with a single, but Austin Nola followed by hitting into a double play. That was the first of 19 consecutive batters retired by Pineyro. His 12 strikeouts were tied for the most by a General this season, following Taylor Clarke's 12 against Jacksonville May 27.
Jacksonville's Chris Mazza wasn't as dominant, but managed to keep pace with Pineyro through six scoreless innings. The Generals had three hits against the opposing starter, but left the bases loaded in the third inning.
Jackson (3-1, 40-34) finally pushed a run across in the seventh. With two outs and nobody on, B.J. Lopez singled for his second hit of the game. He moved to third on a single by pinch-hitter Travis Denker. With Colin Walsh batting, Lopez scored on a wild pitch by Jeff Kinley (0-1, 9.00) in his Double-A debut.
The run by Lopez wound up being enough. The catcher had his first two Double-A hits in just his second game with the Generals. Jackson had five hits total, all of which were singles.
Jacksonville (1-3, 31-43) had just four on base all game long. After three hits against Pineyro, the Shrimp came up empty against Joey Krehbiel and Gabriel Moya. Krehbiel pitched a perfect eighth in his return to the active roster, while Moya (S, 12) earned his third save in four nights. Yarbrough reached with one out in the ninth on an error, but Moya induced the game-ending double play.
The game took just 2:02, making it the shortest nine-inning game for the Generals this season. It was the team's eighth shutout victory, and third victory in which they've scored just a run. With the victory, the Generals clinched their third series win in a row after taking three of the first four from Jacksonville.
The Generals will try to make it four of five in their final game of the season against the Shrimp Monday afternoon. All-Star Taylor Clarke (6-3, 2.92) will make his first start of the Second Half against lefty Matt Tomshaw (6-4, 3.65). First pitch from The Ballpark at Jackson is at 12:05 pm CT, and fans can listen to all the action starting with the Pregame Show at 11:50 am on the TuneIn Radio App.
The series wraps with Splash Day Monday afternoon! It's one of the most fun days all summer in Jackson, featuring all kinds of water games under the sun. Campers get in free, and lunch packs will be available to purchase for just $6!
The Generals then return home for the Fourth of July in their first home game on Independence Day since 2008! Fans can enjoy Postgame Fireworks thanks to the United States Marine Corps! Thursday, July 6 is a Thrifty Thursday with $2 deals on general admission tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, soda, beer, ice cream and fun zone access! Friday, July 7 is a Leaders Credit Union Food Truck Friday with local food trucks at The Ballpark! The Generals will also wear special uniforms and play as the Hub City Hippos, with jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the season benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson thanks to Tennessee 811!
Friday, July 7 is also the day of the first Baseball Camp this summer! Registration is open now! Contact Kate Lentz at email@example.com for more information!
The series wraps up Saturday, July 8 with our Championship Celebration and more Postgame Fireworks! We'll look back at last year's Southern League Championship, and the first 1,000 fans will take home a replica championship ring! The night and Fireworks are sponsored by Chicken Salad Chick!
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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