Rain spoils final game of series after 3 innings

April 15, 2018 4:53 PM

SEVIERVILLE - Sunday afternoon's series finale between the Tennessee Smokies and Jackson Generals was called off after three innings due to weather. The Generals led the Smokies 4-3 before the game was called off. The game will be made up as a double header in Jackson on a date to be determined. 


For the second game in a row, the Smokies struggled in early innings to stop the Jackson offense. Michael Rucker got the start for Jackson, and in his first start at home went three innings allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits while striking out one. 


Jackson loaded the bases and scored two runs in the top of the first to go up 2-0. However, the Smokies would respond in the bottom of the second. After a Trent Giambrone single, a Trey Martin walk and an error that allowed Rucker to reach first to load the bases, Zack Short walked to score a run. The next batter, Charcer Burks, singled in another run to tie the game up. Jason Vosler was the next batter, and he walked as well scoring the go ahead run. The Smokies had a chance to add on more runs but Yasiel Balaguert grounded into a double play to end the inning. 


Jackson took the lead back in the top of the third, scoring two runs off of Rucker, before the game was called off. 


The Smokies will be back in action on Monday as they take on the Montgomery Biscuits in Montgomery. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET. The Smokies are expected to start Trevor Clifton on the mound while the Biscuits will look to start Genesis Cabrera. 


The full schedule for this season and information regarding single-game tickets, season tickets, and mini plans can be found online at, or by calling the Smokies Ticket Office at 865-286-2300.



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