Generals Game Central (Monday, April 23)
TODAY’S GAME:With the Stars leading the series 2-1, the Generals play game four 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 .291) and best ERA (Generals, 2.61) in the Southern League.
GENERALS RECAP: – For the second time in three days, Huntsville walked off with a win against Jackson (11-7). The Stars’ Scooter Gennett homered to right against Steven Hensley in the bottom of the ninth, giving Huntsville a 3-2 win. The Generals remain in first place by a game over Huntsville (10-8) still boast the league’s best record at 11-7. Jackson starter Taijuan Walker allowed just two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out six Sunday afternoon. Walker left the game after five innings with a no decision. Reliever Brian Moran struck out four over two innings behind Walker. Nick Franklin led Jackson at the plate going 3-for-5 and Eric Campbell was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Rich Poythress was 1-for-3 with an RBI and upped his current hitting streak to six games.
WHO’S HOT?: Denny Almonte has hit safely in 7 of his last 9 games, batting .417 (15×36) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 8 RBI. During this stretch he has raised his season average from .179 to .313. Rich Poythress extended his hit streak to 6 games, batting .348 (8×23) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 6 RBI. LH Brian Moran (9.0), RH Moises Hernandez (7.0) and RH Jandy Sena (5.2) have yet to allow a run this season.
DOMINATING THE LEAGUE: The Generals pitching staff has struck out a league-best 170 batters this season and also leads the league with a 2.61 team ERA. The next closest is Mobile with a team ERA of 2.97.
OH MY DUNIGAN: This past week Joe Dunigan led the Southern League in homers (4), extra base hits (7), and total bases (25). This week Joe batted .457 (10×28) with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 7 RBI and 2 stolen bases.
Today’s Matchup: Generals (11-7, 1st North +1.0) at Huntsville Stars (10-8, 2nd North, -1.0)
Site: Joe Davis Stadium – Huntsville, AL
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Kyle Heckathorn (1-0, 3.57)
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 MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information: | Game Notes 4-23 at Huntsville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
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