The following is a press release from the Birmingham Barons:
JACKSON, Tenn. – The Birmingham Barons dropped to 0-1 on the season, following an 8-0 loss at the hands of the Jackson Generals.
Generals' starter Taylor Clarke struck out seven in five innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two Barons singles and one runner to reach second base. Relievers Jared Miller, Joey Krehbiel and Miller Diaz combined to lock down the last four innings to seal the victory for Jackson.
On the other hand, trouble began early for Barons starter Jordan Guerrero. The lefty allowed single runs in the first and second innings on RBI base hits by LF Jamie Westbrook and C Oscar Hernandez respectively. Guerrero then settled down, only giving up one more run before yielding to reliever Brandon Brennan. Brennan struck out a pair in his 1.2 IP and did not allow a run.
Jackson broke the game wide open in the sixth inning against RHP El'Hajj Muhammad. The Generals tacked on four runs on five hits, highlighted by a 2-run double by DH Rudy Flores. LHPs Colton Turner and Will Lamb combined to strike out six over the final 2.1 IP.
RF Mason Robbins led the Barons with two hits and SS Eddy Alvarez also reached twice with a hit and a walk.
The Barons are back in action tomorrow night at 6:05 PM CT, as RHP Spencer Adams toes the rubber, looking to give the Barons their first win of the season. Curt Bloom will bring you all the action from The Ballpark at Jackson on 105.5 FM WERC and on the iHeart Radio app, beginning with the Coca-Cola Pregame Show beginning at 5:55 p.m.