Jackson, TN- A series that started so promising, ended even more unpleasantly after Tennessee's 8-7 loss against Jackson Tuesday night.
After Jackson had taken the early 2-0 lead, Tennessee countered with three runs of their own in the third inning on a bases clearing RBI double by Jason Vosler. Rudy Flores would respond to Vosler's RBI double with a two-run shot in the bottom half of the inning that gave the advantage back to Jackson.
Jackson held that lead until the fifth inning. Cael Brockmeyer launched a one out, two run triple to score David Bote and Yasiel Balaguert, putting the Smokies back ahead 5-4. Tennessee would add to their lead the very next inning.
Yasiel Balaguert hit a broken bat single into center field plating Carlos Penalver and David Bote, which momentarily gave the Smokies a comfortable 7-4 advantage. But like all game, it went back and forth, and like the last few nights, Jackson saved their best baseball for late. The Generals added two runs in the bottom of the sixth and struck for another pair in the bottom of the eighth. They began the eighth inning with three straight singles.
Preston Morrison went five innings of nine hit, four run baseball and looked to be in good shape for his first win of the season. Four unanswered runs put an end to that, and gave Jackson the series win.
Tennessee returns home Wednesday night for the first of five with the Chattanooga lookouts. Depending on Chattanooga's matchup with Montgomery Tuesday, Tennessee will need either four or five wins to salvage the first half championship.
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