JACKSON, Tenn. - The Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, squeaked by the Tennessee Smokies 1-0 on Friday, winning their second straight one-run game at The Ballpark at Jackson.
The victory for the home side gives the Generals (60-50) their 17th last-at-bat victory in 2018, as well as their ninth walk-off win. Tennessee (53-57) suffered their fifth last-at-bat loss to the Generals as a result of the tightly-waged war.
For starters, Generals pitcher Taylor Widener put down the first six hitters of the game before allowing a hit. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out seven men over the course of six innings, stranding men on base in the third, fifth, and sixth. He gave way to Kevin Ginkel for two scoreless frames of relief, and Bud Jeter (2-1, 2.13 ERA) held the Smokies scoreless in the ninth inning to set the stage for some heroics from Marty Herum.
After collecting just two hits over the first eight innings, the Generals' lineup kicked into gear against Tennessee closer Jake Stinnett (0-5, 5.31 ERA). A one-out single from Kevin Medrano put the game-winning run on base, and a double by Domingo Leyba into the right field corner gave the Generals runners at second and third base. After an intentional walk of Rudy Flores, Herum faced Stinnett with the bases loaded. For the second night in a row, the Generals' third baseman came through with a last-at-bat hit, whacking a single through the left side of the infield to score Medrano from third. Jackson won for the second night in a row without recording a stolen base or a home run, winning their ninth game against the Smokies this year.
NEXT GENERALS GAME:
6:05 pm CT Saturday (8/4) vs. Tennessee Smokies
The Ballpark at Jackson - Jackson, Tenn.
RHP Justin Donatella (5-6, 3.51 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Rucker (7-5, 3.84 ERA)
Broadcast Link: Jackson Generals 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.
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