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Smokies fall (hard) to Jackson

(Tennessee Smokies) The Jackson Generals (5-6) won a lopsided contest Tuesday night at Smokies Stadium, taking down the Tennessee Smokies (7-4), 9-0. It is the Smokies largest home shutout loss since September 2017, also against the Generals. Jackson scored four runs in each of the first two innings, highlighted by bak-to-back home runs in the second to blow the game open.

Jackson opened the top of the first with five straight hits off RHP Thomas Hatch (L, 0-1). Jamie Westbrook drove in Andy Young with an RBI-single to start the scoring. Daulton Varsho lined the next pitch into left for an RBI-double. Ramon Hernandez followed with an RBI-single, and Jazz Chisholm’s double play groundout scored the fourth run.

After two walks and a sacrifice bunt to start the second, Pavin Smith hit a three-run home run to right off Hatch to put the Generals up 7-0. A few pitches later, Westbrook hit a solo home run over the right field wall to extend the lead to 8-0.

Varsho opened up the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run to right-centerfield to round out the scoring at 9-0. RHP Bo Takahashi (W, 2-0) earned the win. He allowed three hits and struck out three over five innings. Hatch’s loss was his first decision of the season, as he surrendered a career-high three home runs and nine runs while also matching a career-high by allowing eight hits over 4.1 innings.

The Smokies look to break the tied series Wednesday night at Smokies Stadium. RHP Cory Abbott (1-0, 1.69) will start for Tennessee, as the Generals counter with RHP Emilio Vargas (0-0, 0.90). Wednesday night at the ballpark is Free Beer Night presented by Bud Light. With the purchase of a refillable Smokies Mason Jar, fans 21 years or older can enjoy free draft beer from first pitch until the Generals score their first run.

The Smokies have announced that the team will be hosting a Free Beer Night presented by Bud Light on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and a Pre-Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  

With the purchase of a ticket and a 2019 refillable Smokies mason jar, fans will be able to enjoy free draft beer from first pitch until the opposing team scores a run. Fans who have already purchased a mason jar during the 2019 season can reuse their mason jar for this special event. The free beer is only applicable with the 2019 Smokies mason jar.  

The Smokies will be facing off against the Jackson Generals for Free Beer Night with gates opening at 6:00 pm, and first pitch at 7:00 pm. Fans can enjoy the free beer special from first pitch (7:00 pm) until the Jackson Generals score their first run of the game.  

It will also be an All You Can Eat Wednesday where fans can enjoy their ticket to the game and all you can eat hamburgers, hot dogs, Bush’s Baked Beans, homestyle mac and cheese, nachos, Uncle Ray’s potato chips, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches, Pepsi products, and bottled water for just $19.99! 

The 2019 Smokies Mason Jar can be used for any other game during the 2019 season for just $4 draft beer refills, and $2 draft beer refills on Thursday night home games. 

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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