Jackson, TN- Yasiel Balaguert homered and doubled, and Trevor Clifton tossed another solid outing in the Smokies 4-2 win over the Jackson Generals on Friday.
The Smokies took the first lead of the game on a sacrifice fly that scored Charcer Burks in the fourth inning. Jackson got the run back and more in the bottom of the inning, which started with Clifton retiring the first two batters. The Smokies All-Star would then walk Evan Marzelli, followed by two straight hits to give the Generals a 2-1 lead. Clifton tossed five innings of two run baseball.
Double trouble did in the Generals come the sixth. David Bote would hit a two bagger plating Andrew Ely, followed by a Yasiel Balaguert double scoring Bote. Balaguert would add a solo home run in the ninth inning to give the Smokies an insurance run.
Ryan McNeil closed the game by striking out Colin Walsh with a runner on first to give the Smokies a much needed series opening win. It was McNeil's third save of the season.
Craig Brooks (1-1) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Jackson starter Brad Keller (3-4) took the loss.
With the win, Tennessee improved to 5-1 against Jackson this season. Duane Underwood Jr. will take the hill for Tennessee, while the Generals have yet to name a starter.
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