Generals Game Central (Thursday, April 26)
TODAY’S GAME:The Generals host the Tennessee Smokies tonight for game two of a five-game series at Pringles Park, with Jackson leading the series 1-0 and season series 4-2. The two teams will meet a total of 24 times during the 2012 season, including 10 times in Jackson.
GENERALS RECAP: – RH Andrew Carraway allowed 1 run on 5 hits in 5.0 innings as Jackson beat Tennessee 5-1 on Wednesday night. Carraway became the first General to 3 wins. LH Brian Moran (1.0,0,0,0,0,1), RH Yoervis Medina (2.0,0,0,0,1,1) and RH Stephen Pryor (1.0,2,0,0,0,3) combined for 4.0 shutout innings out of the pen. The Generals sent 8 men to the plate and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning with RBI from LF Chris Pettit (1×3, R, RBI), SS Gabriel Noriega (1×4, RBI) and 3B Francisco Martinez (1×4, RBI, BB). After Tennessee brought in a run in the 4th inning, Jackson picked up solo homers from C Jesus Sucre (1×4, R, HR, RBI) in the 6th and DH Joe Dunigan (1×4, R, HR, RBI) in the 7th to take a 5-1 advantage. CF Denny Almonte led the Generals with a 3×4 night, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. Rich Poythress (1×3, R, 2B, BB) went 1×3 extending his hitting streak to 9 games.
WHO’S HOT?: In 5 starts this season, Andrew Caraway is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA (8 ER, 27.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .252 (26×103) average, while walking 4 and striking out 23. Nick Franklin, who had a day off yesterday, has recorded 3 consecutive 3-hit games and extended his hit streak to 6 games. During the streak he is batting .464 (13×28) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI. Denny Almonte currently has a 7-game hit streak, while also hitting safely in 10 of his last 12 games. During the last 12 games he is batting .426 (20×47) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 9 RBI. During this stretch he has raised his season average from .179 to .333. Rich Poythress extended his hit streak to 9 games, batting .371 (13×35) with 7 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 home run and 8 RBI. LH Brian Moran (10.0) and RH Moises Hernandez (8.1) have yet to allow a run this season.
DOMINATING THE LEAGUE: The Generals pitching staff has struck out a league-best 185 batters so far this season and also lead the league with a 2.58 ERA. The next best is Mobile with a 3.22 ERA.
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 14-7, 1st North +4.0 vs. Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 10-11, 2nd North, -4.0
Site: Pringles Park –Jackson, TN
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (1-0, 4.15) vs. RHP Nick Struck (2-1, 2.45)
Time: 7:05 p.m. CT
Promotions: Dollar Night, Union Univ. Night, Post Game Concert by Justin Reid
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 4-26 vs Tennessee
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals