Generals Update (Wednesday, July 11)
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (10-8, 52-36 vs. Mississippi Braves (ATL) (8-11, 38-51)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (5-2, 3.61) vs. RHP Zeke Spruill (6-8, 3.65)
Radio: News Talk 101.5 FM (pregame 6:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Game Information: | Game Notes 7-11 vs Mississippi
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Jackson begins a short 3-game homestand tonight against the Mississippi Braves. The Generals took 2 of 3 from the M-Braves at Trustmark Park 7/4-7/6. The Generals are in a stretch of playing 17-straight games (8-6) against the South Division.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals won their 2nd straight and take the series in Montgomery, winning on 3-1 on Monday. The Generals concluded their 6-game, 2-city road trip 4-2 and winners of their last 3 series. Montgomery stranded 14 runners on-base, including the bases loaded in 3 innings. Jackson comes home in a first place tie with Chattanooga in the second half standings. Starter Anthony Fernandez (5.0,7,1,1,6,4) won his 4th straight start to open his Double-A career Monday, despite not having his best command. Fernandez allowed just 1 run on 7 hits over 5.0 innings, walking 6 and striking out 4. Relievers Jandy Sena (2.0,0,0,0,0,1) and Carter Capps (2.0,2,0,0,1,2) combined to toss 4.0 scoreless innings to secure the win. Capps recorded his 15th save of the season, marking the 9th time this season to toss more than an inning to record a save. 1B Rich Poythress (3×4, R) led the team with 3 hits, while DH Chih-Hsien Chiang (1×4, R, HR, RBI) and C Ralph Henriquez (1×4, R, HR, RBI) each recorded 1 RBI on solo home runs.
BACK FROM THE FUTURE: Former General Danny Hultzen (1.0,3,1,1,0,1) allowed 1 run on 3 hits and struck out 1 in 1.0 inning, while current General Taijuan Walker (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) tossed a scoreless 7th inning. in the MLB All-Star Futures game yesterday in Kansas City. Jackson manager Jim Pankovits served as third base coach for U.S. Manager George Brett. Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos went 3×4 with a 3-run homer and 3 runs scored as the U.S. trounced the World team, 17-5, at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
GENERALS V BRAVES: The Generals and M-Braves meet 16 times this season and 13 times at Pringles Park. This season Jackson leads the series 5-3, while the Braves lead the all-time series 76-75. Jackson has a 1.88 ERA against the Braves this season and has belted 6 home runs.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero (pictured right, Jesse Garrett) went 0x2 Monday, ending his hitting streak at 9 games. During the streak he hit .378 (14×37) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 13 RBI. He has hit safely 15 of 17 games with 10 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .369 (25×65) with 12 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triple, 3 home runs and 21 RBI. In 3 starts since being promoted for High Desert to Jackson,
CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps has allowed only 2 earned runs (3 R) over his last 30.1 (0.59 ERA). This season he is 2-3 with 15 saves and a 1.47 ERA (7 ER, 43.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .210 (34×162) average, while walking 12 and striking out 63. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 28 of 32 relief appearances this season.
CHECKING IN ON MARTINEZ: Generals infielder Francisco Martinez, currently rehabbing with the AZL Mariners has played in 4 games, batting .385 (5×13), with 2 triples and 5 RBI. Martinez was placed on the DL June 7th with a pulled hamstring.
I FEEL A DRAFT: The Mariners selected 41 players in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft held June 4-6, highlighted by their first pick, Golden Spikes Award winner catcher Mike Zunino from the University of Florida, who was the 3rd overall pick in the draft…overall selected 20 pitchers (14 RHP, 6 LHP), 3 catchers, 13 infielders (3 1B, 3 2B, 1 3B, 6 SS) and 5 outfielders…
FERNANDEZ MANIA: LH Anthony Fernandez became the first Jackson pitcher in franchise history to post back-to-back 9-inning complete games in his first 2 starts. Fernandez has won each of his first 4 Double-A starts, allowing just 4 ER in 30.0 IP, including a 2-hit, complete game shutout on June 28th at Pensacola. Fernandez is 4-0, with a 1.20 ERA.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals 53-36 record is the best in the Southern League. Also, Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.11 ERA. The Generals lead the league with 68 home runs and rank 2nd in the league with 96 stolen bases.
WHO’S HOT?: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 22.2 innings in relief (0.38 ERA). During this 15 game stretch has limited opponents to a .203 (16×79) average, while walking 8 and striking out 25.