Below are daily game recaps I wrote during my time with the Jackson Generals or Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Marlette Mashes Generals to 84th Win
Catcher Hits Go-Ahead Homer as Jackson Ties Franchise Record
Jackson, Tenn. – The Generals snapped a four-game losing streak and made some history Sunday afternoon in an 8-5 win over Chattanooga at The Ballpark at Jackson. Tyler Martlette’s two-run homer in the eighth inning turned out to be the difference as Jackson tied a franchise record with its 84thvictory.
With the game tied at five in the eighth, Jackson (84-54, 38-30) strung together some big hits against Chattanooga’s Randy Rosario (0-1, 10.50). After a bunt single from Leon Landry, Tyler Marlette came through with an opposite-field blast over the fence in right field to make it 7-5. Benji Gonzalez added an insurance run with an RBI single later in the inning to put the Generals on top 8-5.
Ryne Harper (S, 6) was dominant in the ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season, striking out the side on 14 pitches. In 68 innings of work this year, Harper has 95 strikeouts.
The Generals took an early lead behind a big first inning. With Ian Miller at second base, Benji Gonzalez laid down a bunt that Chattanooga catcher Jairo Rodriguez picked up and threw errantly to first allowing a run to score. Lookouts starter Ryan eadds then hit Tyler O’Neill and walked Ryan Casteel to load the bases. Leon Landry came through, bouncing a triple down the line in right to clear the bases. Marlette capped off the scoring and started off his three-RBI day with a sac fly to get Landry home, to put Jackson up 5-0.
Chattanooga (38-31, 74-65) immediately got back in the game, scoring twice in the second on two hits and two Jackson errors. In the third, the Lookouts added two more to make it a one-run ball game. They finally knocked Tyler Herb out of the game in the sixth, as T.J. White knotted the game with an RBI single to left field.
Southpaw Brandon Sisk (1-0, 0.00) was masterful in relief to earn his first win of the year. He allowed just one hit and one walk in 2.2 innings, stranding the potential go-ahead run on base in three consecutive innings.
After scoring eight runs in their last seven games, the Generals matched that in Sunday’s contest. The team’s eight runs were the most they had scored in a game since August 20 against Birmingham.
The Generals can set a franchise-record with a win in the regular season finale Monday afternoon! Right-hander Bryan Evans (0-1, 4.76) makes his third start for Jackson opposite Chattanooga’s Felix Jorge (2-5, 4.55). First pitch on Labor Day is set for 2:05 pm CT and you can catch all the action starting with the Pregame Show on the TJ Network (AM 1390, FM 94.1) in Jackson and online via the TuneIn Radio App.
The regular season finale kicks off the team’s second-annual Labor Day Celebration at The Ballpark! After the afternoon game, fans can enjoy music from the Pamela K. Ward Band and then fireworks to end the celebration thanks to WBBJ! The Generals will stay at at home and play host to the first two games of the North Division Championship Series versus Montgomery at 6:05 pm CT Wednesday and Thursday!
Get your tickets to see the playoff-bound Generals as they wrap up the regular season by calling the team at (731) 988.5299, stopping by The Ballpark or going online to jacksongeneralsbaseball.com!
Kershaw Dazzles, but Quakes Fall to Lancaster
Reigning Cy Young Award winner wows sellout crowd at LoanMart Field
Fans waited outside the ballpark hours before first pitch to see Kershaw make his first professional start since March 22 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. This was Kershaw’s first career rehab start in seven years as an MLB player.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was dominant in five innings of work for the Quakes. He struck out six batters while only walking one. He threw seven or fewer pitches in three of his five innings on the mound. He only allowed two hits, one of which was a fifth-inning solo home run to Lancaster shortstop Carlos Perdomo.
Rancho (6-16) took an early lead in the top of the first inning thanks to Jonathan Garcia’s third home run in five games with the Quakes this year. Rancho doubled that advantage with a leadoff homer from Rob Garvey in the fourth inning. It was only Garvey’s ninth career home run and his first with the Quakes.
Kershaw left the game with a 2-1 lead and in position to take the victory, but Lancaster (14-8) scored a pair of runs off of reliever Geoff Brown (0-1, 3.46 ERA) to take a one-run lead in the sixth inning. The JetHawks added three more against Julio Urias in the seventh. Urias walked four men and gave up a hit in two-thirds of an inning. Brandon Meredith’s two-run single put Lancaster up 6-2.
Rancho could only muster one run off of Lance McCullers, who picked up his second save of the year with four innings of relief. Starter Kyle Smith (4-0, 2.63) picked up the win for Lancaster.
The Quakes are back in action against Lancaster tomorrow night at 7:05 pm. Righty Chris Devenski (1-2, 4.19 ERA) gets the ball for the JetHawks against Lindsey Caughel (0-2, 5.48). After the game, fans at LoanMart Field will be treated to a Fireworks show courtesy of ScholarShare. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or going online to rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at LoanMart Field very soon. Go Quakes!