Twin-bill split leaves Generals half a game out of lead

Jackson downs Barons 5-2 in early game before dropping 6-0 shutout

Generals pitcher Bryan Valdez (Pam Dietz)

By Tyler Springs / Jackson Generals | June 4, 2019 12:37 AM

Birmingham, Ala. - The Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, shared double-header success with the Birmingham Barons on Monday, as each team pulled a victory out of the twin-bill.

Jackson's partial success puts their season record at 33-24, half a game behind Montgomery's division-leading pace. Birmingham (22-35) avoided falling into a 3-0 deficit in the series by winning the back half of the double-header.

 

GAME 1: Jackson 5, Birmingham 2 (Final - 7 Innings)

Box Score

 

Using a trio of early runs, the Generals' offense climbed on top of Birmingham starter Jimmy Lambert (3-4, 4.55 ERA) and did not let up. Andy Young and Jeffrey Baez each went deep in the first inning to give Jackson a 3-0 lead, and Jazz Chisholm padded the advantage with a two-run shot for a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning. To go with all the power at the plate, the Generals had the benefit of another capable start from left-hander Bryan Valdez (2-2, 3.42 ERA), whose six innings of work featured two runs allowed over six hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Matt Brill (S, 4) tacked on a scoreless, hitless inning for the save, helping out a Generals bullpen that had seen six different men take the hill on Sunday in an extra-innings victory.   

 

GAME 2: Birmingham 6, Jackson 0 (Final - 7 Innings)

Box Score

 

The back seven innings of Monday's two-game set were less kind to Jackson, as they were shut out by veteran southpaw Matt Tomshaw (2-1, 1.17 ERA) and right-hander Danny Dopico for Birmingham. The Generals managed just three hits, with two of them coming from catcher Daulton Varsho in a losing effort. Jackson went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position, a sharp contrast to the Barons' 6-for-11 mark. Generals right-hander Kevin McCanna (2-3, 3.00 ERA) wore the loss for the visitors, conceding four runs in the second inning and one each in the fifth and the seventh. To his credit, McCanna got through all seven frames on exactly 100 pitches, keeping Jackson from having to go deeper into their pitching reserves. Birmingham's Luis Robert went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI at the top of the Birmingham order, further bolstering his status as a potential Midseason All-Star.          

    

NEXT GENERALS GAME:

7:05 pm CT Tueday (6/4) at Birmingham Barons

Regions Field - Birmingham, Ala.

Generals TBA vs. LHP Kyle Kubat (3-1, 1.38 ERA)

 

BROADCAST: Birmingham Barons Baseball Network

 

UP AND COMING AT THE BALLPARK:

 

June 7-16 vs. Mississippi Braves (AA, Atlanta Braves) and Biloxi Shuckers (AA, Milwaukee Brewers)

…featuring Spy/Detective Night (June 8) and Space Jam Night (June 15)!

 

The Jackson Generals, a West Tennessee franchise since 1998, are the Double-A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. The Generals play at The Ballpark at Jackson, Tennessee's 2017 & 2018 Pro Sports Field of the Year. Purchase your tickets to see the defending Southern League champions today by calling 731.988.5299 or visiting JacksonGeneralsBaseball.com!

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