May 2012

Generals Game Central (Saturday, May 19)

TODAY’S GAME:The 1st place Generals play game 3 of the 5-game series against Mobile, with first pitch at 6:05. Jackson leads the series 2-0 and look to win the series tonight. The Generals have the best record in the Southern League at 25-17.

Nick Franklin was 4×4 with 2 triples last night

GENERALS RECAP:  The Generals scored 13 runs combined between the 4th and 6th innings, while setting season highs in runs and hits defeating Mobile 13-5 on Friday. Jackson recorded 17 hits including 9 extra base hits. SS Nick Franklin fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle, going 4×4 with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 2 triples and 2 RBI. DH Eric Campbell (3×4, 3 R, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) recorded 3 hits, including 3 extra-base hits, while leading the team with 3 RBI. 1B Steven Proscia hit his 4th home run in 8 games and has recorded 4 hits over his last 9 at-bats since being promoted to Jackson from High Desert. LF Chris Pettit (1×4, R, 2B, 2B, 2 RBI) and DH Denny Almonte (1×5, R, 2 RBI) each recorded 2 RBI, while 3B Francisco Martinez (2×5, R) and Daniel Carroll (2×4, 2 R, 2B, BB) each recorded 2 hits. RH Moises Hernandez (2.0,3,2,2,2,1) recorded his 2nd win in relief, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in 2.0 innings.

WHO’S HOT?: INF Eric Campbell has hit safely in 6 straight games with 3 multi-hit games, batting .400 (10×25) with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBI.
– LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 17.0 innings in relief (0.53 ERA). During his last 11 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .183 average (11×60), while walking 3 and striking out 21.
– LH Brian Moran has allowed only 1 earned run in 20.1 innings in relief, going 1-2 with a 0.44 ERA in 15 games. Moran has limited oppnents to a .239 average (17×71) with 3 walks and 18 strikeouts. He currently leads all relievers in the
Southern League with the lowest walk per 9.0 innings (0.93).

JUST HOW GOOD IS HE?: Lefty starter Danny Hultzen has allowed only 16 hits and 4 earned runs over his last 7 starts, a span of 40 2/3 innings pitched. Hultzen is now the active leader in the Southern League with a 1.81 ERA. After last night’s game he lowered his league best opponents batting average figure to an amazing .132. He ranks 2nd in the league in WHIP at 0.99 and is now T-3rd with 4 wins.

CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps has not allowed a run in his last 7.0 innings in relief (6 games). This season he is 1-2 with 4 saves and a 2.29 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .236 (17×76) average, while walking 4 and striking out 27. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 12 of 15 relief appearances this season. His 12.36 strikeouts per 9.0 innings currently ranks 2nd amongst relievers in the Southern League.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 25-17, 1st North vs Mobile BayBears (ARI) 24-18, 1st South
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (3-1, 2.60) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (2-1, 2.19)
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available / MILB.TV is also available
Promotions: Postgame Fireworks, Patriotic Themed, presented by Kilgore Flares, World’s Largest Barbecue Sandwich and Rib Fest, presented by Southern Pride. National Guard Night
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 5-19 vs Mobile
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TODAY’S GAME:The 1st place Generals play game 2 of the 5-game series against Mobile tonight at Pringles Park, with first pitch at 7:05. The Generals and BayBears are tied for the best record in the Southern League at 24-17.

Hultzen is the active SL leader with a 1.81 ERA

GENERALS RECAP:  In a game touted as a potential pitching clinic, LHP Danny Hultzen (4-3) did not disappoint in front of 3,344 Generals fans. Hultzen allowed only three hits and struck out eight in the Generals’ 4-2 win over the Mobile BayBears at Pringles Park. Leading the Generals offensively was Jesus Sucre going 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Steven Proscia and Denny Almonte also collected two hits, finishing 2-for-4 each. Carter Capps earned his fourth save of the season tossing a scoreless 1 1/3 innings striking out two. Mike Bolsinger, making the start in place of the promoted Trevor Bauer suffered the loss despite striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings for Mobile.

WHO’S HOT?: INF Eric Campbell has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games with 4 multi-hit contests. During this stretch he is batting .341 (14×41) with 9 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI.
– LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 17.0 innings in relief (0.53 ERA). During his last 11 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .183 average (11×60), while walking 3 and striking out 21.
– LH Brian Moran has allowed only 1 earned run in 18.1 innings in relief, going 1-2 with a 0.49 ERA in 14 games. Moran has limited oppnents to a .239 average (17×71) with 3 walks and 18 strikeouts. He currently leads all relievers in the Southern League with the lowest walk per 9.0 innings (0.98).

JUST HOW GOOD IS HE?: Lefty starter Danny Hultzen has allowed only 16 hits and 4 earned runs over his last 7 starts, a span of 40 2/3 innings pitched. Hultzen is now the active leader in the Southern League with a 1.81 ERA. After last night’s game he lowered his league best opponents batting average figure to an amazing .132. He ranks 2nd in the league in WHIP at 0.99 and is now T-3rd with 4 wins.

CAPPING OFF GAMES: After last night’s game, RH Carter Capps has not allowed a run in his last 7 innings in relief (6 games). This season he is 1-2 with 4 saves and a 2.29 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .224 (17×76) average, while walking 4 and striking out 27. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 12 of 15 relief appearances this season. His 12.36 strikeouts per 9.0 innings currently ranks 2nd amongst relievers in the Southern League.

TOP PITCHING STAFFS FACE OFF: The Generals pitching staff has a league best, 2.78 ERA and 328 strikeouts. The BayBears have the second best ERA in the league at 3.20.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 24-17, 1st North vs Mobile BayBears (ARI) 24-17, 1st South
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Pitching Match-up: LHP Steve Garrison (2-1, 0.75) vs. RHP Derek Eitel (3-2, 3.73)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available / MILB.TV is also available
Promotions: Postgame Fireworks, Disney Themed, presented by JEA, Memphis Jones Pregame Concert, Crawdads Classics Crawfish Boil, Boy Scout Campout, Honor Roll Night
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 5-18 vs Mobile
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Generals Game Central (Thursday, May 17)

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals begin a homestand tonight at Pringles Park against the Mobile BayBears. The series features the two top teams in the Southern League. Mobile is 24-16 and leads the South Division by 5 games. Jackson leads the SL North by 1/2 game over Huntsville at the start of play today.

GENERALS RECAP:  Jackson scored 8 runs Tuesday combined between the 3rd-5th inning to take an 8-5 lead, but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee came back to beat the Generals 10-8 on Tuesday afternoon. Each team notched a 5-run inning and the 2 teams combined for 6 errors and 10 unearned runs. Starter Brandon Maurer allowed 5 run on 7 hits in 2.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. It was his 3rd consecutive start not lasting at least 3.0 innings. RH Steven Hensleyallowed 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits in 2.1 innings to pick up his 2nd loss of the season.

Carter Capps has 3 saves and a 2.45 ERA

WHO’S HOT?: INF Eric Campbell has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games with 4 multi-hit contests. During this stretch he is batting .351 (13×37) with 9 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI.
– LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 17.0 innings in relief (0.53 ERA). During his last 11 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .183 average (11×60), while walking 3 and striking out 21.
– RH Carter Capps has not allowed a run in his last 5.2 innings in relief (5 games). This season he is 1-2 with 3 saves and a 2.45 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .236 (17×72) average, while walking 4 and striking out 25. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 11 of 14 relief appearances this season. His 12.27 strikeouts per 9.0 innings currently ranks 3rd amongst relievers in the Southern League.
– LH Brian Moran has allowed only 1 earned run in 18.1 innings in relief, going 1-2 with a 0.49 ERA in 14 games. Moran has limited oppnents to a .239 average (17×71) with 3 walks and 18 strikeouts. He currently leads all relievers in the Southern League with the lowest walk per 9.0 innings (0.98).

D-BACKS NIX STAR PITCHING MATCHUP: Thursday’s scheduled starter for Mobile, RHP Trevor Bauer was promoted to Triple_A Reno. The promotion of Bauer nixed the matchup of Danny Hultzen, last year’s No. 2 overall pick in the MLB draft and Bauer, who was the No. 3 pick in the draft. .

TOP PITCHING STAFFS FACE OFF: The Generals pitching staff has a league best, 2.83 ERA and 318 strikeouts. The BayBears have the second best ERA in the league at 3.25.

MASH UNIT: The Generals have been struck with a number of injuries over the last two weeks. Generals’ regulars Johermyn Chavez (broken bone in hand), Rich Poythress (stress fracture in foot) and Joe Dunigan (sprianed right wrist) have all been placed on the DL. Nick Franklin has also missed the last 7 games with a thumb injury.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 23-17, 1st North vs Mobile BayBears (ARI) 24-16, 1st South
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Pitching Match-up: LHP Danny Hultzen (3-3, 1.91) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (0-0, 0.00)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available / MILB.TV is also available
Promotions: Dollar Night, presented by MobileNation, JEA Customer Appreciation Night, $6,000 baseball game
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 5-17 vs Mobile
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Diamondbacks Put Wrench in Bauer/Hultzen

Okay, just wanted to get this out there so there is no false advertising about tonight’s game. At roughly 11:43 AM today I found out that Mobile RHP Trevor Bauer had been promoted to AAA Reno.

In this business roster moves and promotions are a part of the game and you come to expect anything on a daily basis. But, wow, what a blow to the fans of Jackson and of baseball in general. This is when the fan side in me begins to come out. I literally had a lump in my throat when I read the e-mail.

More than likely, the Hultzen/Bauer matchup had nothing to do with the fact Bauer was promoted to AAA today, but it makes you scratch your head just a bit. They did have the off day yesterday and sometimes off days are the best time to promote/move a player.

Today in the local paper…on local radio…local TV it was all Hultzen/Bauer so I hate it for the fans that were looking forward to the face off.

But, it is part of the business. Just a little frustrating.

Hultzen and Bauer to Face Off Thursday Night

The Generals open a five-game series on Thursday night at Pringles Park against the Mobile BayBears, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Jackson fans will get to see one of the most highly anticipated pitching matchups in minor league baseball this season. Generals’ lefty Danny Hultzen (3-3, 1.91), last year’s No. 2 overall pick in the MLB draft by the Mariners will face off against Mobile’s Trevor Bauer (7-1, 1.68), the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft by the Diamondbacks.

The Generals lead the Southern League North Division by a ½ game over Huntsville and are 23-17 on the season. Mobile has the best record in the Southern League, 24-16 and lead the South Division by five games.

Hultzen is rated by MLB.com as the Mariners top prospect and Bauer is rated also by MLB.com as the Diamondbacks top prospect.

“It’s rare to have a matchup of two of the best pitching prospects in the game facing each other, although with Jackson’s rotation this year it was bound to happen at some point,” said Baseball America writer Ben Badler. “Bauer should be in the mix for a major league strikeout crown one day. Hultzen’s a bit of a different animal, but these are two of the best pitching prospects in baseball and both of them should be on the fast track to the big leagues.”

Bauer, out of UCLA, ranks first in the Southern League in ERA (1.68), first in wins (7), first in strikeouts (60) and second in innings pitched (48.1). Hultzen, out of Virginia, ranks first in the league in opponents batting average (.134), third in ERA (1.91) and fifth in WHIP (1.06).

Bauer received a $3.4 million signing bonus and signed a major league contract worth $4.5 million. Bauer won the Golden Spikes Award which is Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year and was the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2011. Bauer went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA and a NCAA-best 203 strikeouts in 16 starts for the UCLA Bruins.

Hultzen received a five-year major league deal that guaranteed him $8.5 million and a $6.35 million signing bonus. Hultzen was a unanimous First-Team All-American at Virginia in 2011 and a Capital One First Team Academic All-American (carries 3.37 GPA; history major). Hultzen was a first-team All-ACC honoree and ACC Pitcher of the Year (second straight Pitcher of Year award). Hultzen was a finalist for the 2011 Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and John Olerud Two-Way Player Award. He ranked fifth nationally in ERA (1.37) and led the ACC in strikeouts (165), which was second nationally. Hultzen also batted .320 during the 2011 season at Virginia.

Not only can you see this great matchup on Thursday, but you get to watch it for just $1. Thursday is Dollar Night, presented by MobileNation featuring $1 GA tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, 12 oz draft beer and sodas.

Tickets for Generals home games can be purchased at the Generals Box Office at Pringles Park, online by clicking HERE or by calling 731.988.5299.

Generals Game Central (Tuesday, May 15)

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals wrap up their 5-game series at Smokies Park this morning against the Tennessee Smokies. The Generals lead the season series over Tennessee 10-4. Jackson is 4-5 this is year in day games.

GENERALS RECAP:  The Generals split a double-header with the Tennessee Smokies on Monday night at Smokies Park, dropping game one, 15-4 and winning game two, 3-1. The Generals (23-16) win the series taking three of the first four in the series. In game one, James Paxton (3-2) suffered the loss and allowed five runs on three hits, two home runs over three innings. Paxton walked four and struck out two. Trey McNutt (1-3) picked up the win for Tennessee. Steven Proscia homered twice in game one, giving him three in his last three games.
In game two, Eric Campbell belted a solo shot to right-center in the top of the first to put Jackson up 1-0. The homer was the third for Campbell. Kalian Sams hit a 2-run home run, his third of the year in the top of the second inning and Jackson went up 3-0. Generals’ starter, Taijuan Walker left the game after 2.2 innings with an injury after allowing one run on three hits, striking out three and walking one. Relievers Brian Moran, Bobby LaFromboise and Carter Capps combined for 4.1 scoreless to hold down the victory. Moran (1-2) picked up the win tossing 1.2 scoreless and Capps earned his third save firing 1.1 scoreless in the sixth and seventh. Daniel Carroll and Denny Almonte collected two hits each in game two.

WHO’S HOT?: RH Carter Capps earned the save in game two last night has not allowed a run in his last 5.2 innings in relief (5 games). This season he is 1-2 with 3 saves and a 2.45 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .236 (16×67) average, while walking 4 and striking out 25. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 11 of 14 relief appearances this season.

THE THIEF: 3B Francisco Martinez has recorded 10 stolen bases in his last 20 games and is currently leads all Mariners Minor Leaguers and the Southern League with 14 steals.

ACKLEY LEADING OFF FOR M’S: Former Jackson infielder Dustin Ackley led off Friday’s game at NY with his first career leadoff HR…it’s the first time since 2000 (Rickey Henderson & Mike Cameron) that the Mariners have had multi
players hit leadoff home runs (Ackley – 1, Figgins – 2)…while we’re talking leadoff: Mariners have had 3 leadoff hitters this season (Figgins – 24 G, Ackley – 11 G, Jaso – 1 G)…first time since 2009 to have 3 players hit leadoff in a season (Ichiro – 146, E. Chavez – 8, Gutierrez – 8).

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 23-16, 1st North, +0.5 at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 16-23, 5th North, -7.0
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (2-0, 3.46) vs. RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (3-1, 4.50)
Time: 10:30 a.m. CT
Radio/TV:  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available / MILB.TV is also available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 5-15 at Tennessee
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Generals Game Central (Monday, May 14) Double-Header

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals play their second double-header of the season today at Smokies Park. LHP James Paxton starts game one and RHP Taijuan Walker starts game two. The Generals are 1-1 in 7-inning games this season and 9-3 against the Cubs Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies.

Today’s Double-Header: Jackson Generals (SEA) 22-15, 1st North, +0.5 at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 15-22, 5th North, -7.0
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Pitching Match-ups:
Game 1: LHP James Paxton (3-1, 2.60) vs. RHP Trey McNutt (0-3, 2.66)
Game 2: RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 1.71) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (0-2, 3.89)
Time: 3:30 p.m. CT
Radio/TV: NewsTalk 101.5 FM, GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available / MILB.TV is also available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 5-14 at Tennessee
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Ken Griffey Jr. Pays Visit to Generals in Jackson

By: Chris Harris

The Jackson Generals received an unexpected visitor this past week during their homestand with the Huntsville Stars. The sure-fire first ballot Hall-of-Famer and owner of 630 career home runs and 10 gold gloves, Ken Griffey Jr. made a visit to Pringles Park, unbeknownst to most everyone.

Griffey is now a special consultant with the Mariners and makes visits to different spots around the Mariners’ organization. This Generals team has caught the eye of most in baseball, and Griffey Jr. is no different.

“It was pretty neat to see the player’s reaction to him,” said Generals manager Jim Pankovits. “I think what is lost with this generation a lot is the history of the game, and certainly (Griffey) has made an imprint in that.”

Griffey did not want to make his visit to Jackson about him, so he stayed mostly out of sight from fans and media during the Generals’ games Monday and Tuesday night. Griffey did not want anyone to know he was even in town. Trust me, it was hard not screaming to the world that I had just met Ken Griffey Jr.

That approach of staying out of the spotlight impressed Generals infielder Rich Poythress. “He was here for us. He talked to us as a whole and individually. He wants to talk about things on the field and off the field. We talked about his successes in his career, and he is just a good guy and very down to earth.”

One player Griffey has made his mark on is Joe Dunigan, who is batting .304 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs.

“Ever since Griffey came back to the Mariners in 2009 I have had several opportunities to work with him,” replied Dunigan. “He has taken me and a few guys under his wing by taking us out to dinner and teaching us different things about the game. We kind of know him more as ‘Grif’ instead of the guy who hit all the home runs.”

One player that can draw comparisons to Griffey in the Generals’ clubhouse is right-handed starter Taijuan Walker. Griffey broke into the majors with Seattle at age 19, and Walker is currently 19 years old and listed as the top prospect for the Mariners.

“Every time I see him I get a little star struck,” said Walker. “You grew up watching him and playing him on a video game. It is pretty cool being around him, and he is a really cool guy and funny.”

Walker has talked to Griffey a few times, but not necessarily about their career paths. “We really have not had a conversation about baseball. I get kind of scared and shy when I see him, so hopefully next time I see him I can open up a little bit with him.”

Walker did have a funny exchange with “The Kid” about playing a game of basketball. “He thinks he can beat me, so I had to tell him I don’t think he is ready for that,” Walker said jokingly.

Players at this level are around former stars all the time, but Griffey is at a different level than most they see.

“He is a little different than the normal former major leaguer that is around, but that’s because of his easy going personality and is extraverted. So he really takes the pressure off when you are around him,” said Poythress.

Joe Dunigan added pretty much the same thing. “The first time I met him it was crazy, because you think about your favorite player growing up and you don’t know how to act. Then as time goes on you get more comfortable. He welcomes you and is so down to earth. He far reached every expectation about a superstar or Hall of Famer.”

Griffey’s brief visit hopefully will be the first of several to Pringles Park, with all of Seattle and most of the baseball world watching what is happening in Jackson.

I asked Jim Pankovits if he considered placing Griffey in the lineup. “No doubt he could probably get a couple of hits. It would be nice to see him out there again, but I am hoping we can get him back in Jackson and see him out on the field,” Pankivits said smiling.

The chances of getting Ken Griffey Jr. back on the field are slim, but you just never know when you might see that “Kid” with the sweet swing back at Pringles Park.

Generals Game Central (Sunday, May 13)

TODAY’S GAME:The Generals look to win the series today in game 3 of the 5-game set against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Park. The Generals have lost the previous 2 series. Jackson is now 9-3 against the Smokies this season and 5-2 in games at Smokies Park.

James Paxton starts tonight for the Generals

GENERALS RECAP:  The Generals hit three home runs and pounded out 14 hits Saturday defeating the Smokies on at Smokies Park, 9-2. The second straight win for the Generals placed Jackson on top of the North Division by a ½ game. DH Kalian Sams hit a tape measure blast to left in the second inning that put Jackson on top 1-0 Sams was 1-for-5 and the homer was his second of the year. The game stayed 1-0 until the sixth when Jackson got a 2-run home run to left by 1B Steven Proscia and 2-RBI double by RF Daniel Carroll. The Generals led 5-0. It was Proscia’s first Double-A homer and he was 2-for-5 on the night. Carroll finished 3-for-5 with three doubles. After Tennessee scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth inning C Ralph Henriquez drilled a 3-run home run to left-center giving the Generals a 8-1 edge. Henriquez was 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Each team scored another run including a LF Chris Pettit RBI single in the eighth inning. Pettit was 2-for-4 on Saturday. LH Steve Garrison (2-1) made his second Jackson start and picked up the win tossing five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out one.

WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre has recorded 5 hits in his last 8 at-bats (.625) with 1 double and 2 RBI.
– LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 16.2 innings in relief (0.53 ERA). During his last 10 reliel appearances he has limited opponents to a .181 average (10×55), while walking 3 and striking out 19. In his last 17 games,
– RH Carter Capps has not allowed a run in his last 4.1 innings in relief (4 games). This season he is 1-2 with 2 saves and a 2.65 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .239 (16×67) average, while walking 4 and striking out 24. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 10 of 13 relief appearances this season.

THE THIEF: 3B Francisco Martinez has recorded 10 stolen bases in his last 18 games and is currently leads
all Mariners Minor Leaguers in steals.

SEAGER STREAKING IN SEATTLE: Over his last 16 games, former General 2B Kyle Seager is hitting .333 (19×57) with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 14 RBI (.579 SLG, .356 OBP)…since Aug. 23, 2011, Seager has hit 23 doubles (in 63 games) to rank T3rd-most among AL players (Cano & Ortiz, 24; Butler – 23).

IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: The Generals pitching staff lead the league with a 2.36 ERA. Taijuan Walker (1.71) ranks 2nd in the league in ERA, Danny Hultzen (1.91) ranks 3rd and James Paxton (2.60) ranks 8th.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 22-15, 1st North, +0.5 at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 15-22, 5th North, -7.0
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (3-1, 2.60) vs. RHP Trey McNutt (0-3, 2.66)
Time: 1:00 p.m. CT
Radio/TV: NewsTalk 101.5 FM, GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available / MILB.TV is also available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 5-13 at Tennessee
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TODAY’S GAME: Jackson plays game two of their 5-game series at Smokies Park tonight against Tennessee. The Generals are 8-3 against the Smokies this season and 4-2 against the Cubs AA affiliate at Smokies Park.

GENERALS RECAP:  Bobby LaFromboise struck out the final 2 batters stranding runners on second and third to secure Jackson’s 2-1 win over Tennessee on Friday night. LaFromboise earned his first save of the season and helped snap the Generals 4-game losing streak. Starter Danny Hultzen (7.0,2,0,0,4,2,WP) earned his 3rd win, allowing only 2 hits in career-high 7.0 scoreless innings. The Generals scored their 2 runs on RBI singles from CF Denny Almonte (1×4, RBI) and C Jesus Sucre(3×4, 2B, RBI) in the top of the fourth inning.

Bobby LaFromboise earned 1st save last night

WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre has recorded 5 hits in his last 8 at-bats (.625) with 1 double and 2 RBI.
– LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 16.2 innings in relief (0.53 ERA). During his last 10 reliel appearances he has limited opponents to a .181 average (10×55), while walking 3 and striking out 19. In his last 17 games,
– SS Nick Frankin is batting .387 (24×62) with 8 runs scored, 7 doubles, 1 home run and 9 RBI. Since April 19, he has raised his season average from .236 to .318. Franklin currently leads the Generals in average. OF Joe Dunigan has hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games, batting .323 (21×65) with 12 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triples, 2 home runs and 10 RBI.
– RH Carter Capps has not allowed a run in his last 4.1 innings in relief (4 games). This season he is 1-2 with 2 saves and a 2.65 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .239 (16×67) average, while walking 4 and striking out 24. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 10 of 13 relief appearances this season.
– 3B Francisco Martinez has recorded 9 stolen bases in his last 17 games and is currently leads
all Mariners Minor Leaguers in steals.

HULTZEN ON A ROLL: After allowing 5 runs in 4.0 inning in his first start of the season, Danny Hultzen has allowed only 3 earned run in 33.2 innings (0.78 ERA), lowering his ERA from 11.25 to 1.91 ERA. During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .117 average (14×111), while walking 20 and striking out 29. Overall in 7 starts this season, Hultzen is 3-3 with a 1.91 ERA (8 ER, 37.2 IP). He has limited opponents to a .134 average (17×127), which is the lowest in the Southern League, while walking 23 and striking out 36.

CARRAWAY STRONG IN TRIPLE-A DEBUT: RH Andrew Carraway (7.1,1,0,0,1,4) allowed only 1 hit over 7.1 innings in his Triple-A debut to lead the Rainiers to a 4-0 victory over Albuquerque on Friday. Carraway retired the first 18 Isotopes batters he faced over 6.0 perfect innings before giving up a lead-off single to third baseman Elian Herrera in the top of the 7th. He ended the night striking out 4 batters and walking 1 in the contest.

IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: The Generals pitching staff lead the league with a 2.40 ERA. RH Taijuan Walker (1.71) ranks 2nd in the league in ERA, Danny Hultzen (1.91) ranks 3rd and James Paxton (2.60) ranks 8th.

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 21-15, T-1st North, — at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 15-21, T-4th North, -6.0
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Pitching Match-up: LHP Steve Garrison (1-1, 1.29) vs. RHP Nick Struck (4-2, 3.49)
Time: 5:15 p.m. CT
Radio/TV: NewsTalk 101.5 FM, GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available / MILB.TV is also available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information:  | Game Notes 5-12 at Tennessee
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