KODAK, Tenn. (release) -- An 8-7 advantage in the hit column wasn’t enough for the Tennessee Smokies in Thursday night’s game against the Jackson Generals. The Smokies (4-4) were unable to convert in the clutch, stranding 11 base runners and falling to the Generals (7-1) in front of 2,279 fans at Smokies Park, 4-1
The Generals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Eric Campbell, scoring Joe Dunigan.
The Smokies would answer however, Mike Brenly doubled down the left field line and later scored on Elliot Soto’s single to tie things up in the bottom on the second.
Smokies starter Dallas Beeler did his part against the Generals, holding Jackson to one run through six innings. The right-hander from Tulsa, Okla. allowed only the one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two. His six-inning stint mirrored that of his previous start of the season, of which he lasted five innings also allowing one run.
Jackson got to the Smokies bullpen in the eighth, as Alberto Cabrera (1-1) walked the lead-off man, followed with a bunt single to start the inning and then gave up an RBI single to LF Mario Yepez. The Generals would then tack on two more runs on a passed ball and a ground out, extending the Generals lead to 4-1.
Chattanooga, Tenn. native Stephen Pryor (1-0) got the win for Jackson going the final 2.2 innings not allowing a hit, while striking out two.
The Smokies and Generals will continue their five-game set on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. at Smokies Park. RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (0-0, 4.76) takes the mound against Jackson southpaw Danny Hultzen (0-1, 11.25), the second overall pick in last year’s draft. Following tomorrow’s game will be the first Fireworks show of the season at Smokies Park. For tickets and more information, fans can visit www.smokiesbaseball.com or call (865) 286-2300.