The O-Dog and a Walk-Off

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Kelly Dugan was the walk-off hero against Montgomery. (Cody Cunningham)

The Generals had their first rainout of 2017 Friday night, so my hope of a season without a doubleheader was dashed. The team’s finale against Montgomery was postponed, so the teams will make it up when Jackson visits Alabama’s capital next month.

The Biscuits had taken three of four prior to Friday, giving them just one fewer win against the Generals in the series alone compared to last season as a whole. Jackson was a somewhat preposterous 16-4 versus Montgomery in 2016, and that’s before winning three of four in the playoffs to earn a spot in the Southern League Championship Series. 

The lone victory for the Generals in the first series between the clubs this year was exciting. Jackson trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the eighth. The team rallied for four runs to tie it heading into the final frame. In the ninth, Michael Pérez drew a two-out walk to set the table for Kelly Dugan.

Dugan’s double gave the Generals their first walk-off win of the season. The so-called “Never Say Diamondbacks” (coined by former D-backs pitcher and current TV analyst Brandon Webb) have made their way to Double-A.

In addition to a professional baseball team called the Biscuits, Orlando Hudson was in town this past week. One of the more fun parts of working in minor league baseball is having the chance to meet people like the O-Dog. The 11-year MLB veteran spent three memorable years with Arizona, winning a pair of Gold Gloves and earning a spot in the 2007 All-Star Game.

Hudson is now a Player Development Assistant with the Diamondbacks. He goes around from affiliate to affiliate working primarily with the infielders at various levels, which means we were graced with his presence in Jackson this week.

The O-Dog is as gregarious and energetic in person as you would expect based on watching him play. I had the chance to interview him before Tuesday’s game. We talked about his role in the organization, playing in the Southern League, working with current minor league players and more.

The rainout gives everyone a little extra time to pack and get some sleep, as the team leaves early Saturday morning for Biloxi, Mississippi. It’ll be the first National League series for the Generals since 2006, the team’s last as a Cubs’ affiliate.

Tyler will have a series preview up soon to get you ready for the Shuckers! Hope you all can tune in.

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