TODAY’S GAME: Tonight the Generals play game two of their five-game road series at Joe Davis Stadium against the Huntsville Stars (Brewers). The matchup features the team with the best batting average, (Huntsville .288) and best ERA (Generals, 2.37) in the Southern League. The Generals face RH Tyler Thornburg today, who is ranked as the No. 4 prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers. LH James Paxton is rated as the No. 4 prospect for the M’s, according to Baseball America.
GENERALS RECAP: – Huntsville’s Jeff Beianchi singled against Carter Capps in the bottom of the ninth, driving in two runs giving Huntsville a 5-4 walkoff win over Jackson (10-6). The Stars (9-7) trimmed the Generals division lead to just one game with the victory at Joe Davis Stadium. Nick Franklin broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth inning with a solo homer to right, giving Jackson a 4-3 edge. The homer was Franklin’s second of the year. Jason Jaramillo doubled to open the bottom of the ninth for Huntsville and Domnit Bolivar singled placing runners on the corners. After Josh Prince struck out Beianchi delivered the game winning single to right. Beianchi was 4-for-5 with four singles and four RBI for Huntsville, Capps (0-1) suffered the loss giving up two runs on three hits in one inning and struck out two. Jesus Sanchez picked up the win for Huntsville. Johermyn Chavez led the Generals collecting a 2-for-4 night at the plate with his first home run and two RBI.
TRANSACTIONS: Today the Generals transferred OF Mario Yepez to Low-A Clinton of the Midwest League and pending physical will add OF Chris Pettit. On January 31, Pettit signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers. He was released from his minor league contract by the Dodgers March 29th. He then signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic league. Pettit played in one game for the Angels last season and 10 games for the Angels in 2009. Pettit singled in his first major league at-bat on 9/9/09 with Angels. Pettit played his college baseball at Loyola Marymount. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the 19th round during the 2006 draft.
DOMINATING THE LEAGUE: The Generals pitching staff has struck out a league-best 154 batters so far this season and also lead the league with a 2.34 team ERA. The next closest is Mobile with a team ERA of 3.16.
ORGANIZATIONAL RANKINGS: The Mariners were recently ranked by Baseball America No. 6 in their annual organizational talent ratings…this is a drastic improvement from when the Mariners were ranked 18th prior to last season
TRACKING THE BIG 3: The trio of RH Taijuan Walker, LH Danny Hultzen and LH James Paxton are all ranked amongst the best prospects in the game by Baseball America…the trio is off to a solid start with their combined pitching line: 8 GS: 42 IP, 9 ER, 21 H, 1.93 ERA, 0 HR, 19 BB, 57 SO.
Today’s Matchup: Generals (10-6, 1st North +1.0) at Huntsville Stars (9-7, 2nd North, -1.0)
Site: Joe Davis Stadium – Huntsville, AL
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (1-0, 1.20) vs. RHP Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 0.98)
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 4-21 at Huntsville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
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