SEVIERVILLE, TN - The Tennessee Smokies were defeated by the Jackson Generals 6-2 on Tuesday night. The loss broke a three-game winning streak by the Smokies.
Michael Rucker got the start for the Smokies and struggled from the get-go. Rucker lasted just four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out two. Rucker was replaced in the top of the fifth inning by Brad Markey.
Markey continued the bullpen streak of scoreless inning when he threw two scoreless innings, striking out two. Jordan Minch pitched two innings after Markey and they were also scoreless.
Preston Morrison pitched a scoreless ninth inning. The Tennessee bullpen has now thrown 36 straight scoreless innings.
Down six runs, the Smokies tried to make a dent in the lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Connor Myers singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Myers advanced to third on a Vimael Machin groundout. With two outs, P.J. Higgins knocked in the first Smokies' run of the game when he doubled in Myers.
Tennessee cut into the Generals lead once again in the bottom of the sixth. Yasiel Balaguert walked to start the inning and Eddy Martinez singled to put runners on first and second. The bases were loaded when Wynton Bernard reached first on an error. The Smokies scored their second run of the game when Jeffrey Baez grounded into a double play but scored Balaguert.
The Smokies and Generals will be back in action for game four of the series at Smokies Stadium on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Keegan Thompson is the projected starter as he looks to continue his impressive start in Double-A. Thompson is 5-2 on the year and has won three of his last four starts. Thompson is 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in home starts. The Generals will counter with Jon Duplantier.
Wednesday's game will be Free Beer Night at Smokies Stadium. Fans will be able to enjoy free draft beer with the purchase of a 2018 Smokies Mason Jar from first pitch until the Jackson Generals score a run. If fans have already purchased a 2018 Smokies Mason Jar, they are able to use it on Free Beer Night.
Written by Rob Harvey, Broadcast Assistant for the Tennessee Smokies
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