Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (36-23, 1st North) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (29-30, 3rd North)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, TN
Time: 10:15 a.m. CT
Pitching Match-up:RHP Brandon Maurer (3-1, 4.01) vs. RHP Ethan Martin (6-1, 2.92)
Radio: (pregame 10:00) / 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 6-6 at Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Lineup to come via @jacksongenerals on twitter
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals face Chattanooga this morning in the finale of the 5-game set with the Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD). Jackson has won the series taking 3 of the first 4 games. Jackson leads the SL North Division by 3.0 games over Huntsville.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals hung on for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night in Chattanooga, winning the series. The Generals magic number to win the division is now 9. The Generals struck early taking advantage of three free passes by Chattanooga starter and No. 2 Dodgers prospect Allen Webster. Jackson scored in the 2nd inning on an RBI groundout by RF Chih-Hsien Chiang and led 1-0. Jackson made it 3-1 in the 4th on an RBI single from DH Joe Dunigan and another RBI groundout from Chiang. 2B Leury Bonilla and Chiang produced RBI doubles for Jackson in the top of the 7th, extending the lead to 5-1.The Lookouts trimmed the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the 7th with 2 runs. In the ninth, RH Carter Capps struck out the side, but did walk a batter and surrendered a run on a single by Luis Nunez. Capps struck out 5 in 2.0 innings for the save, including the final batter, Blake Smith with the tying run at second base. Jackson starter RH Taylor Stanton(1-1) earned his first AA win of the season allowing 1 run on 5 hits over 5.2 innings. Offensively, no Generals recorded multi-hit performances, but Chiang was 1-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals have the best record in the Southern League, 36-23 and boast the best ERA in the league at 2.96. The next closest is Mississippi with a 3.56 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 16-13 away from Pringles Park this season.
ERROR FREE ALMONTE: Jackson CF Denny Almonte has been error free in 53 games and 112 chances this season. Almonte has 107 put-outs and 5 outfield assists including 2 double plays.
WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre is batting .414 (12×29) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 3 RBI in his last 8 games. He has also hit safely in 8 of his last 11 games with 6 multi-hit games. During this stretch he is batting .415 (17×41) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 5 RBI.
-> INF Nick Franklin has hit safely 13 of his last 18 games, batting .358 (24×67) with 9 runs scored, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs and 11 RBI.
-> OF Denny Almonte is batting .394 (13×33) with 7 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI in last 8 games.
-> OF Kalian Sams has recorded 4 multi-hit games in his last 7 starts, batting .423 (11×26) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI.
-> LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 24.0 innings in relief (0.38 ERA). During his last 16 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .134 average (11×82), while walking 4 and striking out 27. He has not allowed a hit to the last 22 batters faced (1 BB, 8 K).
2012 MLB DRAFT: The Mariners selected catcher Mike Zunino from the University of Florida with their first selection (3rd overall pick) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft Monday…Zunino is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top collegiate catcher, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award…he was the 2011 SEC Player of the Year and 2012 first-team All-SEC selection…the MLB Draft will conclude with rounds 16-40 on Wednesday.