MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, scored a 5-2 victory on Saturday night, beating the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium.
The series-opening conquest muscles the Generals (57-48, 18-18 Second Half) back to a .500 winning percentage in the Second Half, with Montgomery (57-49, 20-16 Second Half) now only two games ahead of them in the Southern League's North Division.
Despite allowing Montgomery to take an early 2-0 lead with a two-run second inning, Generals starter Taylor Widener completed five innings without any other damage done to him. The 23-year-old right hander induced a critical bases-loaded flyout from Montgomery's Nick Solak to finish the fifth inning, departing after 92 pitches. In Widener's place, southpaw Kirby Bellow (5-2, 4.34 ERA) fired multiple scoreless innings for the first time since May 11, and right-hander Tommy Eveld (S, 1) followed suit, combining to hold the Southern League's fastest offense to one hit and zero stolen bases over the final four innings.
The Generals' bats picked their spots, starting with a two-out RBI double in the third from Kevin Medrano that scored Ben DeLuzio for Jackson's first run. In the sixth inning, Rudy Flores went yard for the 13th time this season, with the solo home run tying the contest at 2-2. The timeliest hit was a two-out RBI single from Jamie Westbrook in the eighth inning that scored Medrano, giving the Generals a 3-2 lead. A ninth-inning sacrifice fly from Medrano and a run-scoring single from Domingo Leyba completed the scoring for the Generals, who improved to 8-5 when tied after seven innings.
NEXT GENERALS GAME:
5:05 pm CT Sunday (7/29) vs. Montgomery Biscuits
Riverwalk Stadium - Montgomery, Ala.
RHP Justin Donatella (4-5, 2.75 ERA) vs. Montgomery Bullpen
Broadcast Link: Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Network
UP AND COMING AT THE BALLPARK:
August 2-6 vs. Tennessee Smokies (AA, Chicago Cubs)
…featuring Disney Night (August 4) and Belly Buster Monday (August 6)!
August 14-18 vs. Montgomery Biscuits (AA, Tampa Bay Rays)
…featuring Shark Week Night (August 18)!
In 2018, manager Shelley Duncan and the Generals won the First Half North Division title, assuring them of a bid to the Southern League playoffs in September. Games 1 and 2 of the North Division Series will be held at The Ballpark at Jackson on September 5 and 6. For tickets and more information about the Generals, dial 731.988.5299
or log on to our ticket page at JacksonGeneralsBaseball.com!
The Jackson Generals, a West Tennessee franchise since 1998, are the Double-A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2017, The Ballpark at Jackson was named the Professional Sports Field of the Year by the Tennessee Turfgrass Association.