JACKSON — The Tennessee Smokies gave up an early four-run lead to the Jackson Generals in a 6-5 loss on Monday night at The Ballpark at Jackson.
For the first time in six games, the Smokies plated the first run. After a two-out walk by Vimael Machin, Jared Young roped the Smokies first hit of the game to centerfield to score Machin and give Tennessee a 1-0 lead.
The Smokies continued to pepper Generals’ starter Matt Peacock as they plated three more runs on five singles in the fifth inning. Ian Rice stepped in as a pinch hitter for Smokies starter Luis Lugo and delivered an RBI to score Gioskar Amaya. Roberto Caro followed up with a sacrifice fly and Machin ran in one more with an RBI-single of his own to push the score to 4-0.
Lugo dealt four scoreless innings in his ninth start of the season with the Smokies. He only gave up three total hits and tied a season-high of seven strikeouts in a no decision.
Allen Webster took over in the fifth for Lugo and failed to survive the inning. After securing the first two outs, Webster allowed three straight base hits that scored two runs on RBIs by Pavin Smith and Seth Beer. Jackson put an exclamation point on the frame with a three-run shot by Ramon Hernandez that gave the Generals a 5-4 lead.
The back-and-forth ballgame continued as Tennessee knotted things up in the seventh. Caro drew a leadoff walk on Jayson McKinley (W, 1-0) and stole his 31st bag of the season to put a man in scoring position with no outs. Tyler Payne cashed in with a single that scored Caro and tied the game at five a piece. Payne now has driven in a run in three of his last four games.
The Smokies lead lasted just six minutes as the one-two punch of Smith and Beer struck again for the Generals. Both doubled off Tommy Nance (L, 2-4) to lead off the inning and push Jackson back in the lead, 6-5.
Ryan Atkinson and West Tunnell (S, 3) tossed scoreless eighth and ninth innings to secure a 6-5 win for the Generals in game two of the series.
Game three of the series between the Smokies and the Generals is set for Tuesday night. Cory Abbott (6-8, 3.38), will make his team-leading 24th start of the season with the Smokies. On the other end, Emilio Vargas (4-3, 4.16) will get the ball for Jackson. First pitch is set for 7:05.
Reds drop second game at Burlington, 8-1
BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Greeneville Reds lost 8-1 against the Burlington Royals Monday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium. Dan Serreino struck out two Royals over two perfect relief innings. Jonathan Tripp also worked two scoreless relief innings, as he struck out two and allowed a hit.
Jake Means’ two-out, two-run double off Jake Gilbert (L, 0-2) in the bottom of the first inning started the scoring.
Burlington sent eight to the plate, and scored four times in the second. After Gilbert recorded the first two outs, Rafael Romero doubled to extend the inning, then scored on Jay Charleston’s RBI-single. The next two Royals reached to load the bases. Vinnie Pasquantino unloaded the bases with a three-run double to put Burlington up 6-0.
Alberto Gonzalez walked the first two Royals in the third. William Hancock scored Burlington’s seventh run on a throwing error. Burle Dixon scored the Royals final run on a double play ground out.
Mike Spooner drove in Greeneville’s only run in the eighth inning. Carlos Reina led off with a single, moved to second on a balk, third on Cristian Olivo’s single, and scored on Spooner’s base hit.
Delvin Capellan (W, 4-1) allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings for his fourth win of the year, he also struck out four and walked two. Gilbert took the loss, he allowed six runs on six hits in two innings. He struck out three and walked two.
The Reds conclude their six game road trip Tuesday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30. Randy Wynne (2-2, 3.62) will start the finale for Greeneville against Marlin Willis (1-0, 3.29).