Generals Update (Wednesday, July 4) Facing Ben Sheets

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (7-6, 49-34 at Mississippi Braves  (ATL) (4-9, 34-49)
Site: Trustmark Park, Pearl, MS
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP Anthony Fernandez (2-0, 0.50) vs. RHP Ben Sheets (0-0, 0.00)
Radio:  News Talk 101.5 FM (pregame 6:45) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
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Game Information:  | Game Notes 7-4 vs Montgomery
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals begin a 2-city, 6-game road trip tonight against the Mississippi Braves in, Pearl, MS. This is the Generals lone trip at the M-Braves. This season the Generals are 3-2 against the Braves, but they lead the all-time series 75-73

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals dropped the final game of the short three-game series to the Biscuits, 6-1. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 6,000 fans, which was the 1st Pringles Park sellout since July 3, 2009. Despite the loss, the Generals won the series, taking 2 of 3 from Montgomery. Jackson’s lone run came in the 3rd inning thanks in part to a Biscuits error. 3B Leury Bonilla reached base on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly by DH Nate Tenbrink. Montgomery scored all but one of their runs in the 6th inning. It started with a line drive single to left by Mark Thomas. Hak-Ju Lee singled on a bunt, advancing Thomas to second base. Both Biscuits scored on a double by Omar Luna. LHP James Paxton made his first start since May 25th, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings. Paxton allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 while surrendering no walks. RH Moises Hernandez(4-1, 5.19) took the loss after allowing five earned runs on six hits.

Generals face 4-time NL All-Star Ben Sheets tonight

K-PAX IS BACK: After missing more than a month with a knee injury LHP James Paxton returned from the DL yesterday after missing more than a month with a knee injury, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings. Paxton ranks as the 4th best prospect in the Mariners organization, according to Baseball America. He ranks as the 8th best left-handed pitching prospect and 77th overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.

GENERALS FACE BEN SHEETS TONIGHT: 4-time NL All-Star Ben Sheets was signed to a minor league contract by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, July 1 and assigned to Double-A Mississippi. The righty makes his first start with the M-Braves tonight against the Generals at Trustmark Park. Sheets, 33, has posted a career record of 90-92 with a 3.79 ERA over the course of nine seasons in the big leagues (8 w/ MIL).

FERNANDEZ MANIA: Tonight’s starter, LH Anthony Fernandez became the first Jackson pitcher in franchise history to post back-to-back 9-inning complete games. Fernandez has allowed just 1 ER in 18.0 IP in his first two starts in Double-A, including a 2-hit, complete game shutout on Thursday night in Pensacola. Fernandez is 2-0, with a 0.50 ERA.

TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals 49-34 record is the best in the Southern League. Also, Jackson ranks first in pitching, with a 3.10 ERA. The Generals lead the league with 62 home runs and rank 2nd in the league with 88 stolen bases.

VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 10 of 11 games with 6 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion. During this stretch he is batting .400 (16×40) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 13 RBI.

WHO’S HOT?:  LH Mauricio Robles did not allow a earned run run during 9 relief appearances during the month of June (0 ER/11.0 IP) In those 11.0 innings Robles is holding batters this month to a .118 average (4×34)
-> RH Taylor Stanton has not allowed a run in his last 2 outings including yesterday’s start against Montgomery. Over 9.0 innings pitched, Stanton is 2-0, with a 0.00 ERA, with 3 strikeouts.

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