By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
JAZZ Chisholm and Lucius Fox each homered in a productive weekend at the plate for the pair of 21-year-old shortstops in the Double A - Southern League.
Chisholm hit four home runs in a three game span for the Jackson Generals in their latest series against the Tennessee Smokies. He capped the series with a solo home run - his ninth of the season - in the Generals’ 3-0 win yesterday at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, Tennessee.
He began the streak in a 16-9 win for the Generals Friday night, when he went 2-5 with a home run, three RBI and scored two runs.
In the top of the first inning, he singled on a line drive to score Pavin Smith and followed with a solo home run to right field in the top of the fourth.
The following night, Chisholm provided nearly all of the offensive output for the Generals in a 6-3 loss.
In his second multi home run game this season, Chisholm went 2-3, both solo home runs.
He was hit by a pitch in the second inning and the Smokies held a 4-0 lead after the first four innings. He finally got the Generals on the scoreboard with his solo home run in the fifth inning. Chisholm blasted another solo home run in the seventh inning, but the Generals were never able to move ahead.
After going 0-6 in the first two games of the series, Chisholm’s numbers over the next three games were 5-12, four home runs, six RBI and five runs scored.
In 25 games with the Generals this season, Chisholm continues to make the adjustment to Double A with his team leading nine home runs. He is hitting .176 with an .822 OPS, .306 OBP and .516 slugging percentage. He also totaled 16 hits, two doubles, one triple, with 15 RBI, 18 runs scored and three stolen bases.
Fox homered for the Montgomery Biscuits in a 7-2 win over the Moblie Baybears Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama. He added a triple and finished 2-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
From the leadoff spot in the lineup, Fox got the scoring going right away for the Biscuits with his solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. In his second appearance, Fox tripled to right field to score Robbie Tenerowicz and David Rodriguez.
Fox hit his first home run of the season five games prior, in a 3-2 win for the Montgomery Biscuits over the Birmingham Barons. He also strung together a seven-game hit streak in mid-April.
Through 25 games this season, his second in Double A, Fox has a team leading 11 stolen bases. He is hitting .198 with an .748 OPS, .365 OBP and .383 slugging percentage. He also totalled 16 hits, two home runs, three doubles, three triples, with nine RBI and 21 runs scored.
Fox was listed as the No.11 overall prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organisation in the preseason and the Rays were listed as the No.2 farm system in all of the MLB.