Jackson, TN - Tennessee had already clinched the series against Jackson, but after their 7-2 win they now sit a game and a half ahead of the Generals for the first time this year.
It was a pitchers duel for the first four innings, before Smokies pitcher Zach Hedges helped his own cause. Hedges knocked in his first two runs of the season on a base hit to center field, giving the Smokies the early 2-0 advantage. Ian Rice followed with an RBI single.
Tennessee added four more runs the next inning, giving Zach Hedges more than enough run support. The Smokies starting pitcher would also knock in a third run on a fielders choice ground out in the sixth inning. Hedges has now picked up a win in his last five starts, with four of them being quality outings.
Tennessee now sits at nine games above .500 for the first time this season and leads Jackson by a game and a half in the Southern League North division.
The Smokies turn their attention to the Montgomery Biscuits who enter town for a five game set starting tomorrow. The contest will be a Star Wars themed game at Smokies stadium, with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m. The gates will open a 6:00 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive Star Wars light sabers.
ABOUT THE TENNESSEE SMOKIES
The Tennessee Smokies are the Double-A affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Members of the ten-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America's national pastime in the East Tennessee region for over 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com
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