CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (April 25, 2013) - Generals' starter Taijuan Walker was outstanding Thursday night as Jackson (9-12) won the opener of the series in Chattanooga, 6-2.
Walker (W, 2-2 - 7.0,2,1,1,4,7) threw 101 pitches in his longest outing of the season, striking out seven and lowering his ERA to 1.55.
The Generals did their scoring in the second and third innings on Thursday night. James Jones (2x4, 2RBI) drilled an RBI triple to center scoring Steven Proscia (1x4, 2R) to give Jackson a 1-0 lead in the second frame. John Hicks (1x4, 2RBI, R) followed with a double that scored Jones and it was 2-0. The third run of the second inning came on an RBI groundout from Abraham Almonte (0x2, RBI) that scored Hicks.
Leading 3-1 in the third inning Jackson's Jones added his second RBI on the night with a single to center scoring Brad Miller (1x5, R). That was followed by a Hicks RBI groundout and Jack Marder (1x3, RBI) RBI infield single that plated Jones. Jackson took a 6-1 lead.
The Lookouts did add an unearned run against reliever Carson Smith (1.0,1,1,0,0,1), who pitched the ninth. Reliever Stephen Kohlscheen (1.0,1,0,0,0,3) struck out the side, allowing one hit in the eighth.
Suffering the loss for the Lookouts was their starter Zach Lee (2-1), the No. 5 prospect for the Dodgers. Chattanooga's Joc Pederson went 0-for-2 with two walks which ended his Southern League best 17-game hitting streak.
The Generals and Lookouts play game two of the five-game set Friday night at AT&T Field, with first pitch at 6:15 CT. RHP Brett Shankin (1-1, 3.57) will make his third Jackson start and be opposed by Chattanooga LHP Chris Reed (1-1, 3.13). The game can be heard on 96.5 ESPN, jacksongeneralsbaseball.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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