Jackson Generals beat Chattanooga Lookouts 3-0, win series

Jackson Generals beat Chattanooga Lookouts 3-0, win series

August 9th, 2017 by Staff Reports in Sports - Professional

The Chattanooga Lookouts dominated the Jackson Generals in one telling statistic of Tuesday night's Southern League baseball game at AT&T Field, though it wasn't a preferred category.

In falling 3-0 to the visitors in front of 2,108 fans on a muggy rain-free night, the Lookouts left 16 runners on base (nine in scoring position) to just four for the Generals. Starting pitcher Felix Jorge fell to 9-3 for the season after allowing 10 hits and three runs (two earned) in 7 2/3 innings.

The loss marked two rare results for the league's most dominant team. The shutout loss was the first for the Lookouts (74-41 overall, 32-13 in the second half) since May 27 against Montgomery. Jackson's three-of-five series win was Chattanooga's first series loss since the beginning of June against Birmingham.

The architect of Tuesday's victory was Jackson pitcher Joel Payamps, who came in with an earned run average over 5 but allowed just five hits and struck out three in six innings. The Lookouts left two runners on base in the fourth and touched Payamps for two hits in the sixth, but Edgar Corcino was thrown out at home by Jackson's Jamie Westbrook to end the threat.

Big first baseman Kevin Cron knocked in two runs for the Generals, giving him 80 RBIs for 2017. Victor Reyes led the 11-hit attack with three hits and two runs scored, while major league veteran Emilio Bonifacio added a pair of singles.

Corcino had three of Chattanooga's eight hits, with Jonathan Rodriguez and T.J. White adding two each. White had a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, but Jackson reliever Joel Krehbiel retired the next three in order and recorded his first save in 37 appearances this season.

After a day off today, the Lookouts visit Birmingham for a five-game series starting Thursday before visiting the Tennessee Smokies for another five. They play at home again on Aug. 21 against Mississippi.