Jackson, TN - The Tennessee Smokies started their first five games series with the Generals on Monday night and scored eight runs to get the win in game one.
Jen-Ho Tseng got the start for the Smokies and ran into trouble in the second inning as he gave up a double to Dawel Lugo, who then scored on Oscar Hernandez's second home run of the season. Tseng would settle down after that. The right hander lasted six innings of two run baseball and struck out seven batters for the third time this season.
Meanwhile, the Smokies' offense struck early with a solo homer from David Bote in the first inning off of Brad Keller. Tennessee would strike for four more in the third, highlighted by a Bote double and Jason Vosler single. The next three runs would all come on RBI doubles from Erick Castillo and Jacob Hannemann in the sixth, and Charcer Burks in the eighth.
After Tseng was pulled, the bullpen stepped in where he left off as they combined to only give up one hit and struck out six batters in three innings of work. The work from them, along with the bats allowed the Smokies to take the win by a score of 8-2.
The Smokies are back in action on Tuesday, as they continue their five game series with the Generals. Taking the mound for the Smokies will be Trevor Clifton, as he looks to pick up his third win of the season. Southpaw Alex Young is expected to oppose him, as he comes in without a loss on the season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT.
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