Kodak, Tenn.--(Smokies) The Tennessee Smokies used a three-run seventh inning to defeat the Jackson Generals Tuesday night by an 8-6 score in front of 2,462 at Smokies Park. The win puts the Smokies record at 31-26 and five games over the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Smokies are now currently 5.5 behind first place Birmingham.
The Generals (23-31) struck first off Smokies starter Yeiper Castillo in the opening frame as James Jones walked to lead off the game, later scoring on a Julio Morban single to give Jackson the early 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Smokies would put four runs on the board thanks to a Matt Szczur two-run double and a Ronald Torreyes two-run home run. However, the Generals would counter again, getting five more runs total in the third and fourth innings combined to give Jackson a 6-4 advantage.
In the fifth inning and Stephen Kohlscheen on the mound for Jackson, Ty Wright hit his third home run of the season to narrow the Smokies deficit, 6-5. All three of his home runs this season have come against the Generals.
Down 6-5, the Smokies put together a big inning in the seventh off Jackson reliever Tyler Burgoon (3-2), scoring three times to take the lead, 8-6. After a lead off single by Wright and a double by Rafael Lopez, Chad Noble hit a bloop single to right to score Wright. Lopez later scored on a groundout by Szczur and Arismendy Alcantara hit a line drive single to center to score Szczur.
Castillo went six innings, giving up six hits, six earned runs, three walks and struck out four. Hunter Cervenka (1-0) pitched 1.2 innings in relief, giving up a hit and striking out two, to pick up his first Double-A victory. Frank Batista earned his eighth save of the season, pitching 1.1 innings and only giving up a hit.
Noble led the Smokies’ offense going 4-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Szczur went 3-for-5 with two runs, three RBIs and a stolen base.
The fourth game of the five-game series is at 7:15 on Wednesday night at Smokies Park. Right-hander Alberto Cabrera (5-2, 3.70) will square-off against Generals lefty Anthony Fernandez (2-1, 6.83). It’s Blount County Night presented by the Maryville Daily Times and Food City Family Night presented by Food City and Peter Pan Peanut Butter.