Black, Cervenka and Francescon Blank Generals

Corey Black

JACKSON – Stephen Bruno, Christian Villanueva and Rubi Silva each had two hits and Corey Black, Hunter Cervenka and P.J. Francescon combined to shutout the Generals in Tennessee’s 4-0 win at Generals Park on Thursday night.

The shutout victory was the sixth this season for Tennessee (6-2, 39-38) and their third straight overall win. It also put the Smokies above .500 for the first time since they were 26-25 on May 27 in Huntsville.

The Generals (2-6, 33-44) left 10 runners on base and were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Smokies stranded eight and were 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Tennessee’s offense also pounded out 10 singles and one double in the road victory.

Elliot Soto, Jae-Hoon Ha and Bruno each singled to start the Smokies third. Bruno’s single plated both Soto and Ha after it was misplayed in left by Jackson outfielder Dario Pizzano.

Pizzano also misplayed the next ball hit out to him by Villanueva and was charged with his second error in the inning. Villanueva’s single brought in Bruno for the third run in the inning and was the fourth of five straight hits in the frame. Charlie Cutler finished the rally with a run scoring double and the Smokies took a 4-0 lead.

The Smokies pounded out six hits and scored four times in the third against Jackson starter Victor Sanchez. Sanchez (3-4, 4.61) allowed eight hits, four earned runs and one walk in the loss.

Black (3-5, 3.03) pitched through the fifth and left with one out in the sixth inning. He scattered six hits in the victory and did not allow a run. Black walked two and struck out three while earning his first win since April 28 against Huntsville.

Tennessee’s starting pitcher not only turned in a brilliant start, he also made a spectacular defensive play in the third. Leon Landry reached on a one-out single in the inning, but was caught off first by rightfielder Rubi Silva. Silva fielded the single and quickly got the ball back to first where Black was waiting as he moved in behind Landry. Black got the throw from Silva and then tagged out Landry for the inning’s second out.

Cervenka followed Black and kept Jackson without a run over two scoreless innings. Cervenka struck out one and faced just six batters.

Francescon entered out of the pen in the eighth and kept the Generals without a run despite allowing two hits in the inning. He also pitched the ninth and kept the Generals scoreless.

The win gave the Smokies a 3-0 series lead with two games remaining. Game four of the series is set for Friday night in Jackson with Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 4.73) starting for the Smokies against Jackson lefty Tyler Pike (0-0, 0.00). Smokies a 3-0 series lead with two games remaining. Game four of the series is set for Friday night in Jackson with Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 4.73) starting for the Smokies against Jackson lefty Tyler Pike (0-0, 0.00).

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Categories: Game Recap

Author:Greg Young

Greg Young brings five years of Minor League Baseball experience to the Smokies Radio Network, having previously served with the High-A Modesto Nuts of the California League. He began with the Nuts as a Broadcast Assistant in 2007 before being promoted as the team's new Director of Broadcasting the following year, a position he held through the 2011 campaign. During his time with Modesto, Young also worked at KESP AM-790 as a Sports Anchor. Over the years he has worked as a broadcaster for Comcast Hometown Network and their coverage of the San Jose Giants (High-A, California League) and Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), in addition to high school football and basketball. Young began his broadcasting career with the Major Indoor Soccer League's California Cougars in 2006 and was the club's inaugural broadcaster before being promoted to Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting the next year. Young is a 2005 graduate of Sacramento State University, earning a Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Media. During his senior year, Young was Sports Director for the university's student-run radio radio station KSSU, and also did play-by-play for the school's baseball, football and basketball teams while attending Sacramento State.


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