April 2012

Generals Game Central (Thursday, April 12)

TODAY’S GAME: The first place Generals look for their second straight series tonight at Smokies Park in game three of the five-game series. Jackson leads the series 2-0 and will look for a season best, four-game win streak. Jackson leads Tennessee by two games in the North Division.

GENERALS RECAP:  – Eric Campbell belted a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday afternoon, helping Jackson to their third straight win, 2-1. The Generals, now 6-1 are off to the best start in franchise history. Jackson now has a two game lead over the Smokies in the Southern League north standings. Starter James Paxton was lifted after 88 pitches and 4 2/3 innings on the mound. Paxton surrendered one run on four hits, striking out seven and walking just one. Paxton has only allowed one run in his first 9 2/3 innings, striking out 17 and walking one. Reliever Steve Garrison tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames and Bobby LaFromboise (1-0) picked up the win, blanking the Smokies in the final two innings.

WHO’S HOT?: 1B Rich Poythress has hit safely in 6 of 7 games this season, batting .409 (9×22) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 5 RBI and 5 BB. SS Nick Franklin went 0x2 in the game ending his hit streak at 6 games.During his streak, he is batting .391 (9×23) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (Mariners) (6-1) at Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (4-3)
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, 1.80)
Time: 6:15 p.m. CT
Radio/TV: Online GAMEDAY AUDIO is available / MILB.TV is also available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the GENERALS WEBSITE
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-12 at Smokies

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Generals Game Day Central (Wednesday, April 11)

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (5-1) play their third day game in four days this morning against the Smokies (4-2) at Smokies Park in Kodak, TN. A win today would give Jackson the best start in franchise history. The Generals are alone atop the Southern League North standings.

GENERALS RECAP: – Andrew Carraway retired 20 straight batters from the first to the seventh inning and won his second start of the season. Jackson (4-1) took the

Andrew Carraway

opener from the Smokies, 5-1 on the road in Kodak, TN on Tuesday night. Generals pitching retired 25 consecutive and 26 of the final 28 Tennessee batters in the win. The 5-1 record to start the season matches the 2005 Diamond Jaxx as the best start in franchise history. Rich Poythress was 3-for-4 with a run and RBI to pace the 11-hit offensive attack for Jackson. Johermyn Chavez and Denny Almonte ended the night 2-for-4 at the dish. Carraway surrendered one run on two hits in seven innings, while walking none and striking out four. Steven Hensley tossed 1 1/3 scoreless and Brian Moran added 2/3 scoreless relief.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (Mariners) (5-1) at Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (4-2)
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Trey McNutt (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 10:30 a.m. CDT
Radio/TV: Online broadcast available by clicking HERE / MiLB.tv is available by clicking HERE
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the Generals website by clicking HERE.
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-11 vs Smokies

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Generals Game Day Central (Tuesday, April 10)

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (4-1) open a five-game series tonight against the Tennessee Smokies (4-1) at Smokies Park, in Kodak, TN. The Generals were 3-7 against Tennessee last season The two teams are tied atop the North Division standings.

GENERALS RECAP:  – Taijuan Walker struck out eight batters over five innings and won his Double-A debut as Jackson defeated Birmingham Monday at Pringles Park, 3-2. Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor provided four scoreless innings of relief behind Walker to preserve the victory. The Generals took four of five from the Barons to open the season 4-1. Nick Franklin upped his hitting streak to five games with a double on Monday.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (Mariners) (4-1) at Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (4-1)
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Pitching Match-up: RHP Andrew Carraway (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Nicholas Struck (1-0, 1.50)
Time: 6:15 p.m. CDT
Radio/TV: NewsTalk 101.5 FM/Online broadcast available by clicking HERE / MiLB.tv is available by clicking HERE
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the Generals website by clicking HERE.
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-10 vs Smokies

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INF LEURY BONILLA TO AAA TACOMA, OF MARIO YEPEZ TO JACKSON

Yepez active for tonight’s game with the Tennessee Smokies

JACKSON, TENN. (APRIL 10, 2012) – The Seattle Mariners have made the following roster move that affects the Jackson Generals roster. INF Leury Bonilla has been promoted to AAA Tacoma today and OF Mario Yepez has been added to the Generals roster from AAA Tacoma.

Transferred to AAA Tacoma:

  • INF Leury Bonilla

Transferred to Jackson:

  • OF Mario Yepez

BONILLA, 27, played in two games for the Generals this season, batting .286 (2-for-7). Bonilla was signed by the Mariners in 2007 and has played at every level of the organization. Last season, Bonilla played in 24 games for AAA Tacoma, batting .205 with five RBI.

YEPEZ, 22, played in two games for Low-A Clinton this season and one for Tacoma, batting .300 (3-for-10) combined. Jackson will be already his third stop in the Mariners system this season. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2005 by Seattle he spent most of 2011 with Short-A Everett of the Northwest League. He appeared in 66 games with Everett, leading the team with 17 doubles and recorded 25 multi-hit games.

Mariner Fans Meet Carter Capps

With all the hype around the “big three” of Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijaun Walker, none of those where the most feared by Birmingham hitters this week. Mariner fans meet Carter Capps. No, he is not a highly rated prospect or getting story after story written about him, but he may be the first General pitcher to throw a major league pitch. In two outings and 4 2/3 innings he has struck out 6.

After Justin Greene struck out against Capps on Friday night he told fellow teammates he did not see the  97 MPH fastball until it had sailed by him. Capps was the Division II NCAA pitcher of the year while at Mt. Olive College in North Carolina. He was the M’s third round pick in the 2011 draft.

His biggest strength is deception. Of course, a 97 MPH fastball does not hurt. Observe the sequence of photos that show you the low arm trajectory. One Baron hitter said he thought the ball came out of Capps’ stomach.

Tuesday is a travel day for the Generals and we open a series against the Tennessee Smokies tomorrow night at 6:15 CDT.

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Game Day Central (Monday April 9)

TODAY’S GAME:The Generals (3-1) and Birmingham Barons (1-3) wrap up this five-game opening series this morning at 11:05 a.m. at Pringles Park. The two teams will not meet again until July 29 at Birmingham’s Regions Park. Today the Mariners No. 1 prospect, according to

Danny Hultzen on Sunday (John Shadrick)

Baseball America, Taijuan Walker is on the mound. He ranks as the No. 18 prospect in all of baseball.

GENERALS RECAP:  – After starting the season 3-0, the Generals were stymied on Easter Sunday by the Barons 9-2. Nick Franklin smacked a two-RBI double in the bottom of third, giving Jackson a 2-0 adnvantage, but Birmingham scored nine-straight runs to win their first game of the season. Franklin was 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to four games. Danny Hultzen suffered the loss for the Generals in his much anticipated minor league debut. Hultzen surrendered five runs on four hits over four innings Sunday. He struck out seven and walked three in the start. The Barons plated two in the top of the fourth inning knotting the game at 2-2, and four in the fifth. Andy Wilkins belted a three-run homer to right that pushed the Birmingham advantage to 6-2. The Barons added three more runs in the eighth inning to make the final 9-2.

Opponent: vs. Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox)
Site: Pringles Park
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Pedro Hernandez (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 11:05 a.m.
Promotions: School Day #1
Radio: The game will be broadcast online by clicking HERE and on  NewsTalk 101.5 FM
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the Generals website by clicking HERE.
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-9 vs Barons

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Generals Game Central (Sunday April 8)

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (3-0) and Barons (0-3) meet for game four of the opening five-game series this afternoon at 2:05 at Pringles Park. The Generals look to go 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

BEST START SINCE 03: The 3-0 start by the Generals is the best start to a season since 2003. The Jackson franchise has never started a season 4-0. The best starts in recent years was 2009 (4-1), 2005 (5-1).

OPENING WEEKEND ATTENDANCE: The opening night attendance of 4,645 was the largest opening night crowd since April 6, 2000. During the first three nights 9,461 fans have taken in Generals baseball.

Opponent: vs. Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox)
Site: Pringles Park
Pitching Match-up: LHP Danny Hultzen (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Cameron Bayne (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 2:05 p.m.
Promotions: Sarge’s Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 p.m. and Church Bulletin Sunday (BOGO)
Radio: The game will be broadcast online by clicking HERE and on  NewsTalk 101.5 FM
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the Generals website by clicking HERE.
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-8 vs Barons

Generals Game Central (April 7)

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (2-0) and Barons (0-2) meet tonight at 6:05 for game three of the five-game opening series of the season. A win tonight for Jackson will clinch the series. The Generals face their now North Division foe Barons, just 10 times this season. This is the lone series occuring at Pringles Park.

RECORD OPENING NIGHT: The opening night attendance of 4,645 was the largest opening night crowd since April 6, 2000. During the first two nights 6,936 fans have taken in Generals baseball.

Opponent: vs. Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox)
Site: Pringles Park
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Simon Castro (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Promotions: Postgame Fireworks, presented by NewsTalk 101.5 FM
Radio: The game will be broadcast online by clicking HERE and on  NewsTalk 101.5 FM
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the Generals website by clicking HERE.
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-7 vs Barons

 

Generals Game Central (April 6)

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (1-0) and Barons (1-0) meet again tonight at Pringles Park for game two of the opening five-game series, with first pitch set for 7:05. The North Division foe Barons are looking to even the series at one game apiece. The Tennessee Smokies and Generals were the only North Division teams to win their opener last night.

Opponent: vs. Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox)
Site: Pringles Park
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: The game will be broadcast online by clicking HERE and on  NewsTalk 101.5 FM
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on the Generals website by clicking HERE.
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-6 vs Barons

Generals Game Central (April 5th)

The Generals (0-0)  open the 15th season of pro baseball in Jackson tonight. Game one of a five game series with Birmingham( 0-0)

Opponent: vs. Birmingham Barons
Site: Pringles Park
Pitching Match-up: RHP Andrew Carraway (0-0, 0.00) vs.  RHP Nester Molina (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: The game will be broadcast online by clicking HERE and on  NewsTalk 101.5 FM
Game Information:  | Game Notes 4-5 vs Barons

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Generals named the most talented team in minor league baseball.

Jackson packed with talent to start the season

Generals Opening Day Rotation

While the Mariners have not released the official Generals roster, pitching coach Lance Painter did pass along the Generals starting rotation.

Tentative Starting Rotation:

  1. April 5 vs. Birmingham – RHP Andrew Carraway
  2. April 6 vs. Birmingham – LHP James Paxton
  3. April 7 vs. Birmingham – RHP Brandon Maurer
  4. April 8 vs. Birmingham – LHP Danny Hultzen
  5. April 9 vs. Birmingham – RHP Taijuan Walker

Really happy that Andrew Carraway is getting the opening day start. He had an All-Star season in 2011 and is one of the nicest guys you will meet.

Today several pitchers tossed a simulated game at Pringles Park. While I was busy doing many other things preparing for opening day, I did step out and watch a little bit. Taijuan Walker and Carter Capps to me were the most impressive that I saw. Capps blew me away with his velocity and the odd low arm angle he has. They are really high on this kid out of Mt. Olive College in NC.

Tomorrow night is FanFest with gates opening at 5pm and opening night is Thursday night at 7:05 against the Birmingham Barons. You can buy tickets online HERE or call 731.988.5299.