Smokies on short end of pitchers duel Wednesday

KODAK, Tenn. – (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- Pitchers dominated in Wednesday afternoon’s contest between the Tennessee Smokies and Jackson Generals. Unfortunately for the Smokies, they were on the wrong end of the pitchers’ duel as they fell 2-1 to the Generals. The loss, in front of 3,479 fans on “Safe Kids Health and Awareness Day” at Smokies Park, was the Smokies second straight defeat and dropped their season record to 4-3.

The Smokies jumped out to an early lead on Jackson starter James Paxton. Consecutive singles by Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha and Rebel Ridling led to a Justin Bour sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Smokies the early 1-0 lead after one inning of play.

Smokies starter Trey McNutt held the Generals offense at bay over his four scoreless innings where he struck out five. Besides the early run, Paxton was just as good as McNutt going 4.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out seven.

Jeff Antigua relieved McNutt and Jackson broke through in the top of the sixth. DH Joe Dunigan singled home 1B Rich Poythress to square the game at one.

With extra-innings looming, Jackson’s Eric Campbell led off the ninth inning with a home run off Smokies reliever Kevin Rhoderick (0-1).

Bobby LaFromboise (1-0) took the win for Jackson tossing the final two innings.

The Smokies and Generals will return to Smokies Park for Game 3 Thursday night at 7:15 p.m., gates open at 6:00 p.m. RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, 1.80) will take the mound for Tennessee and Jackson will respond with RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 9.00). Thursday night, kids 12-and-under with a paid admission can receive a free hot dog, bag of chips and a small soda. Everyone will be a winner, as it is Pilot Prize Night and Pirates Night! Tickets can be purchased by calling (865) 286-2300 or by visiting the Smokies ticket office.

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