Generals Game Day Central (Friday, April 20)

Ahh good ole Huntsville.

TODAY’S GAME:Tonight the Generals open a five-game road series at Joe Davis Stadium against the Huntsville Stars (Brewers). Jackson is 2-1 in series openers this season. The matchup features the team with the best batting average, (Huntsville .283) and best ERA (Generals, 2.19) in the Southern League.

Danny Hultzen earned first pro win yesterday. (AP Photo)

GENERALS RECAP: Danny Hultzen allowed just two hits over 6 1/3 innings Thursday night helping Jackson (10-5) shutout the M-Braves (5-10) at Pringles Park, 2-0. The Generals won the series 3-2. Rich Poythress smacked a two-run homer to left in the fourth inning and that was all the offense Jackson needed. Hultzen (1-2) (6.1,2,0,0,2,5) earned his first professional victory on Thursday night after dropping his first two decisions. Nick Franklin (2×4, 2B, R) scored on the Poythress homer in the fourth inning and has reached base in 11 of 12 games he has played. Rich Poythress (1×4, HR, 2 RBI) now leads the team with 10 RBI on the season. Jesus Sucre (0x2, BB) saw his 7-game hitting streak come to an end. Stephen Pryor (1.0,0,0,1,1) locked down his fourth save in four chances this season with a scoreless ninth inning. Stephen Hensley (1.1,0,0,0,0,2) relieved Hultzen in the seventh and earned his first hold.

WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre saw his team best 7-game hitting streak come to an end. During the streak he batted .360 (9×25) with 5 runs scored, 1 double and 5 RBI. RH Carter Capps (7.2 IP), LH Brian Moran (6.1), RH Moises Hernandez (4.2), LH Steve Garrison (4.1) and RH Jandy Sena (3.0) have yet to allow a run this season. The bullpen is a combined 4-2 with 6 saves and a 1.35 ERA (9 ER, 60.0 IP) while walking 21 and striking out 61 strikeouts this season.

DOMINATING THE LEAGUE: The Generals pitching staff has struck out a league-best 142 batters so far this season and also lead the league with a 2.19 team ERA. The next closest is Mobile with a team ERA of 3.10.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (10-5, 1st North +2.0) at Huntsville Stars (8-7, 2nd North, -2.0)
Site: Joe Davis Stadium – Huntsville, AL
Pitching Match-up: RHP Andrew Carraway (1-0, 2.00) vs. RHP Brandon Williamson (0-0, 4.50)
Time: 6:43 p.m. CT
Radio:  NewsTalk 101.5 FM | GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-20 at Huntsville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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