KODAK – Tennessee starting pitcher Ivan Pineyro continued his hot stretch, tossing his third quality start in a span of four outings by blanking Jackson over seven frames, while shortstop Elliot Soto tallied three hits and added a walk to lead the Smokies to a 3-0 shutout win over the Generals on Tuesday evening at Smokies Stadium.
The victory improved Tennessee’s overall mark in 2015 to 22-17 and keeps the club within two games of the Chattanooga Lookouts for first place in the Southern League’s North Division. The defeat for Jackson, meanwhile, dropped the Generals’ season clip to 16-21.
The closest the Generals got to scoring came in the fifth, putting two runners on base with nobody out, but Pineyro was up to the task to keep Jackson off the board. CF Gabriel Guerrero singled to right, while 1B Dan Paolini reached base on a bunt infield single to start the threat. After Guerrero was forced out on a bunt attempt, Pineyro was able to induce a 6-4-3 twin killing to end the frame and escape the jam to preserve his scoreless outing.
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