Jackson, TN- The good times continue to roll when the Smokies play in Jackson. Duane Underwood Jr. tossed a gem, and the Smokies received yet another big performance from Yasiel Balaguert in a 5-3 win over the Jackson Generals.
The Smokies got the scoring started in the second inning with small ball. Erick Castillo laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to easily score Yasiel Balaguert and give the Smokies an early 1-0 lead. Tennessee added to their lead in the sixth inning, first scoring a run on a David Bote RBI single, followed by a sacrifice fly from Yasiel Balaguert.
Three runs looked to be plenty for Duane Underwood, who was coming off his worst start of the season in Montgomery. Underwood pitched shutout baseball through four innings, allowing his only run in the fifth. Underwood pitched 5.2 innings, giving up just four hits, earning his fifth win of the season.
Yasiel Balaguert added an insurance run by leaving the ballpark in the eighth inning, making it two straight nights with a late inning home run. Justin Hancock would come into the close the door on Jackson, however did allow two runs in doing so.
With the win Tennessee remains atop the Southern League North standings, and is now 6-1 against Jackson this season. Eight games remain before a first half champion will be crowned. Zach Hedges is set receive the start for Tennessee tomorrow, with first pitch slated for 7:05 ET.
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