The Tennessee Smokies (16-23) failed to muster any offense behind pitcher Dallas Beeler’s complete game effort and fell 3-1 to the Jackson Generals (23-16) Monday night.
Beeler only gave up three runs on seven hits, but the Smokies were unable to get the clutch hit in game 2 of the doubleheader. The Smokies left seven men on base in just seven innings of play in the shortened doubleheader game.
Shortstop Elliot Soto accounted for the lone offense for the Smokies with an RBI single in the second inning. Soto finished 2-3 on the night.
The Smokies appeared to have an opportunity to get some offense going when Mariners’ top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker left the game in the third with an injury.
However, General relievers Brian Moran, Bobby LaFromboise and Carter Capps combined to limit the Smokies to any more offense. LaFromboise got credit for the winning pitcher while Capps picked up the save.
Only centerfielder Jae Hoon Ha managed to get an extra-base hit for the Smokies with a double.
Beeler got off to a rocky start by giving up a solo home-run in the first inning to Eric Campbell and a two-run shot to Kalian Sams in the second.
However, Beeler would settle down to shut-out the Generals the rest of the way in the losing effort.
Generals’ centerfielder Denny Almonte went 2-3 and leftfielder Adam Carroll was 2-4 to lead the Generals on offense.
The teams will return to the diamond to finish the series Tuesday. First pitch is set for 11:30 a.m.