Scoring Lull Sets Stage for Late Victory

Lugo's solo shot wins it in the ninth inning; defense, bullpen carry Generals

(Cody Cunningham)

By Tyler Springs / Jackson Generals | April 15, 2017 12:29 AM ET

Mobile, Ala. - For the second night in a row, the Jackson Generals found scoring surprisingly difficult, but they pulled out a 1-0 win at Mobile nonetheless. Dawel Lugo snapped the deadlock with a solo home run in the top of the ninth, and Jared Miller wrangled his first save of the year to close things out.

Just five days removed from a 20-run performance at home, the Generals (6-2) looked bamboozled by Mobile's pitching from the beginning. BayBears starter Luis Diaz finished six innings without allowing a run, splitting a pair of doubles between Colin Walsh and Kelly Dugan as the only hits allowed. Generals right-hander Brooks Hall managed to hurl three innings and two thirds without any runs against him from Mobile (3-5).

In the field, Jackson completed their third errorless game of the year, relying in large part on base-hit-saving catches from outfielders Evan Marzilli and Victor Reyes. Beyond Hall, Gabriel Moya, Miller Diaz, and Drew Muren (W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) handled the pressure of a neck-and-neck game, uniting to pitch the Generals through the 8th inning with a scoreless tie intact.

To open the ninth inning, Lugo squared off with Mobile reliever Abel De Los Santos (L, 0-1, 10.80 ERA). The third baseman connected on his fourth home run in his past four games. The young Dominican Republic native continues to impress, leap-frogging teammate Kevin Cron for the Southern League lead in total bases with 25 following Friday's heroics.

Jared Miller (Sv, 1) shut the door on Mobile in bottom of the ninth, weathering a lead-off single, sacrifice bunt, and stolen base that put a Mobile runner one base away from tying the game. Miller's last out came on an inside corner called third strike that froze Mobile first baseman Luis Tejada in his spikes.

The Generals hope the offense flows a little more freely in Saturday's contest at Hank Aaron Stadium. Right-hander Brad Keller (1-0, 0.00) will try to continue his season-opening scoreless innings streak, dueling Mobile's Jordan Kipper (0-0, 3.60 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT, and you can catch all the action on Radio Willie (94.1, 94.3 FM and 1390 AM) in Jackson and online via the TuneIn Radio App.

The Generals return to West Tennessee for five games versus the Montgomery Biscuits Monday, April 17. Wednesday, April 19 is an Education Day! Kids who come with their classes get in free and can purchase lunch packs for $6! Thrifty Thursday follows, with $2 deals on general admission tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, 24-oz. soda, 16-oz. beer, ice cream and Fun Zone access! Reserved seats can be purchased for just $6! The series wraps up with a Leaders Credit Union Food Truck Friday April 21! A bevy of local food trucks will be at The Ballpark, and the team will be suited up as the Hub City Hippos for the second time this season!

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 to secure your seats now!

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