Generals Game Central (Sunday, May 3)
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (34-22, 1st North) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (28-28, 3rd South)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, TN
Time: 1:15 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up: LHP Danny Hultzen (5-3, 1.59) vs. RHP Matt Magill (5-2, 3.40)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 1:00) / 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 6-3 at Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Lineup to come via @jacksongenerals on twitter
TODAY’S GAME:The Generals continue their 10-game, 2 city road trip today in Chattanooga, looking for their 4th straight win. The Generals and Lookouts (LAD) will meet 15 times this season, 10 played at AT&T Field.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals won their third straight in the opener at Chattanooga on Saturday night, 6-5. The Generals maintain their 3 ½ game lead in the division with 14 games to play. Each team scored runs in the first. Kalian Sams brought home Denny Almonte and Jesus Sucre with a 2-out double and Jackson took a 2-0 advantage. In the bottom of the first, Luis Nunez doubled in Nick Buss to trim the Jackson lead to 2-1. Chattanooga took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth on a 3-run homer by Kyle Russell against Taijuan Walker. The homer made it 4-2 Lookouts. Nick Franklin broke an 0-for-10 with his first home run since April 20th in the top of the seventh, a 3-run shot giving Jackson back the lead at 5-4. Against reliever Moises Hernandez in the bottom of the seventh Chattanooga got another RBI from Luis Nunez and tied the game at 5-5. In the ninth, Francisco Martinez scored after Jesus Sucre reached on a dropped third strike. The wild pitch by Logan Bawcom scored Martinez and gave Jackson a 6-5 advantage. Generals’ starter Taijuan Walker did not factor in the decision, but struck out a season high nine batters and matched a season best with six innings pitched. Walker walked four and allowed four runs on three hits. Moises Hernandez (3-0) allowed a run in two innings and picked up the win. Bobby LaFromboise struck out two in the bottom of the ninth and earned his second save. Nick Franklin, Denny Almonte, Jesus Sucre and Kalian Sams recorded two hits each in the Generals win.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals have the best record in the Southern League, 34-22 and boast the best ERA in the league at 2.95. The next closest is Mobile with a 3.42 team ERA.
10-DAY ROAD TRIP: The continue their longest road trip of the season, visiting Chattanooga and Jacksonville for 5 games in each city. The Generals are 14-12 away from Pringles Park this season.
WHO’S HOT?: 3B Francisco Martinez has hit safely in his last 8 straight games, batting (12×32) with 5 runs scored, 5 doubles and 3 RBI.
-> C Jesus Sucre is batting .545 (12×22) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 3 RBI in his current 6-game hit streak. He has also hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games with 5 multi-hit games. During this stretch he is batting .500 (15×30) with 3 runs scored, 1 double and 5 RBI.
-> INF Nick Franklin has hit safely 12 of his last 15 games, batting .351 (20×57) with 6 runs scored, 6 doubles, 4 triples 1 home run and 8 RBI.
-> OF Denny Almonte is batting .500 (9×18) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI in last 5 games.
THAT’S WHAT HE SAID: “I saw who I was going to be facing and tried not to think about it, just tried to throw strikes,” Pryor said. “It’s been a great ride. I’m enjoying it and looking forward to more opportunities and things to get better and keep going from here.” (Former Generals RHP Stephen Pryor on his MLB debut and striking out the 1st batter faced, Paul Konerko on a 99 MPH fastball. Pryor allowed a run (HR, Viciedo) on 1 hit in 1.1 innings, striking out 2. The Mariners won 10-8 over the White Sox in 12 innings yesterday.
THE VETERAN CAMPBELL REACHING: 27-year-old utility man Eric Campbell went 1×4 Saturday, upping his on base streak to 23 games. During his 23-game stretch (since May 6), he is batting .305 (25×82) with 14 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 13 RBI and 11 walks.