Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (37-23, 1st North) at Jacksonville Suns (FLA) (28-32, 3rd South)
Site: The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL
Time: 6:35 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up:RHP RHP Taijuan Walker (4-1, 2.68) vs. RHP Omar Poveda (4-2, 4.76)
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 6-7 at Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Lineup to come via @jacksongenerals on twitter or on the Generals’ Blog
TODAY’S GAME: After taking 4 of 5 in Chattanooga, the Generals continue their 10-game road trip tonight in Jacksonville. Jackson faces the Suns for the first time this season. The two teams will meet 10 times this season.
GENERALS RECAP: LF Kalian Sams (1×3, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB) hit a grand slam in the 4th inning as the Generals defeated Chattanooga 7-4 on Wednesday morning. Jackson, now 37-23 is 14-games above .500 for the first time and has a 4 game lead in the division. The magic number to win the division is now just 7 as the Generals have won 9 of their last 11 games. Starter Brandon Maurer (8.0,7,2,2,2,7) earned his 2nd straight win and tossed a season-high and team high 8.0 innings. Maurer allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7 batters. All 9 starters recorded on of Jackson’s 15 hits, including multi-hit games by CF Denny Almonte (3×4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB), 2B Nick Franklin (2×4, R), C Jesus Sucre (2×5, RBI), 1B Eric Campbell (2×5), 3B Leury Bonilla (2×5, RBI).
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals have the best record in the Southern League, 37-23 and boast the best ERA in the league at 2.98. The next closest is Mississippi with a 3.50 team ERA.
SEVEN GENERALS NAMED ALL-STARS: Seven players from the Generals will represent the North Division in the 2012 Southern League All-Star Game at Smokies Park, the most of any team in the league. Pitchers Carter Capps, Danny Hultzen, and Taijuan Walker were all named to the North pitching staff after leading Jackson to a league-leading team ERA this season. Catcher Jesus Sucre, infielder Nick Franklin, and outfielders Denny Almonte and Joe Dunigan were also named to the squad. The 2012 All-Star Game will played on Tuesday, June 16 at Smokies Park in Kodak, TN, with first pitch at 7:15 p.m. EST.
WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre has hits safely in 9 of his last 12 games with 7 multi-hit contests. During this stretch (since May 23) he is batting .413 (19×46) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 6 RBI.
-> INF Nick Franklin has 3 multi-hit contest in last 5 games, batting .421 (8×19) with 5 runs scored, 2 home runs and 6 RBI. He has also hit safely 8 of his last 12 games, batting .391 (18×46) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 8 RBI.
-> OF Denny Almonte currently has a 6-game hit streak with 4 multi-hit games, batting .444 (11×25) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 1 RBI. He has also hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, batting .432 (16×37) with 9 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 RBI.
-> OF Kalian Sams has recorded 4 multi-hit games in his last 8 starts, batting .414 (12×29) with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 12 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.
FRANKLIN, HULTZEN TAKE LEAGUE HONORS: Generals starting pitcher Danny Hultzen was named the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week and INF Nick Franklin was named the league’s Hitter of the Week. Hultzen and Franklin join teammate James Paxton as a winner of the award in 2012.