Generals Update (Tuesday, July 17)

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (15-9, 57-37 at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (12-13, 47-48)
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Time: 6:15 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Brandon Maurer  (6-2, 3.87) vs. RHP Nick Struck (10-8, 3.34)
Radio:  News Talk 101.5 FM (pregame 6:00) /  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 7-17 at Tennessee
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals look to win their 3rd straight game and 5th straight series tonight in game 4 of the series at Smokies Park, with first pitch at 6:15 CT. Jackson leads the SL North standings by 1 1/2 games over Chattanooga and 3 1/2  games over the Smokies.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals had to work extremely hard Monday to get to 20-games above .500 for the first time. Jackson won their 2nd straight, 10-8 over the Smokies, in a game that lasted 4 hours and 10 minutes. The teams combined for 28 hits and 10 pitchers used in the game. It was the longest 9-inning in the SL this season. Jackson jumped out to a 6-0 lead and led 8-2, but Tennessee came back to tie the game at 8-8 in the 6th. The Generals responded in the 7th. Leury Bonilla opened the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Gabriel Noriega. Denny Almonte singled to center scoring Bonilla and Jackson led 9-8. Stefen Romero brought in Almonte with a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make the score 10-8. Starter Anthony Fernandez failed to get his 5th straight win, getting a no decision. Fernandez allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in just 4.0 innings of work. Yoervis Medina (3-4) earned the win pitching 2.0 pressure packed innings in the 6th and 7th. Medina struck out 4 and allowed just 2 hits. Jandy Sena pitched a scoreless 8th and Carter Capps saved his 17th game of the year with a scoreless 9th. Rich Poythress (pictured below, Adam Brimer) was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to a Generals season-best 12 games. Denny Almonte, Stefen Romero, Chih-Hsien Chiang and Bonilla collected two hits each for the Generals. Romero, Dunigan and Noriega collected two RBI’s apiece.

SCORING SPREE: Over the course of the last 5 games, the Generals are 4-1 and have scored 38 runs, batting .318 with 56 hits and 5 home runs. In 14 games in July, Jackson has scored 78 runs with 40 doubles, 7 triples and belted 12 homers.

DUNIGAN NAMED SL HITTER OF THE WEEK: Monday, the Southern League announced that Generals OF/DH Joe Dunigan is the SL Hitter of the Week for the second time. He batted  .357/.412/1.071 in 4 games last week going 5-for-14, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 4 runs, and 1 stolen base during the past week. In total this season Joe is batting .273 with 18 home runs (T-1st SL) and 50 RBI. Dunigan ranks 2nd in the league in slugging percentage (.543), 4th in total bases (157) and 4th in extra-base hits (39). He recorded his second multi-homer game of the season Sunday at TNS.

FEELS GOOD AT THE TOP: The Generals 57 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.16 ERA. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage and home runs with 73.

K-PAX IS BACK: In 3 starts since returning from the DL on July 3, LH James Paxton is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA (2 ER, 14.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .296 (16×54) average, while walking 2 and striking out 16.

MY BAGS ARE PACKED: The Generals are in a stretch of playing 15 out of 20 games away from Pringles Park. Jackson is 30-15 at home and 27-22 on the road. The Generals are the only team in the Southern League with 25 wins at home and on the road.

WHO’S HOT?: INF Rich Poythress extended his hitting streak to a Generals season-high 12 games, batting .429 (18×42) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles and 4 RBI.
-> OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (pictured below, Michelle Gachett) is batting .406 (13×32) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 RBI during his current 7-game hit streak.
-> RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 25.2 innings in relief (0.36 ERA). During this 17 game stretch has limited opponents to a .209 (19×91) average, while walking 8 and striking out 27. 

HELLO AGAIN, SMOKIES: The Generals face off with the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate Smokies 24 times this season. Thus far, Jackson is 11-6 in the I-40 series, 4-1 at Pringles Park and 7-5 at Smokies Park. In 17 meetings, the Generals have smacked 22 homers.

VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 17 of 20 games with 12 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .377 (29×77) with 15 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs and 26 RBI.

CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps has allowed only 2 earned runs (3 R) over his last 33.1 (0.54 ERA). This season he is 2-3 with 17 saves (T-1st SL) and a 1.37 ERA (7 ER, 46.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .208 (36×173) average, while walking 12 and striking out 65. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 31 of 35 relief appearances this season.

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