Generals Update (Friday, July 20)
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (16-10, 58-38 vs. Huntsville Stars (MIL) (11-16, 46-51)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, Tenn
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (5-5, 4.62) vs. RHP Evan Anundsen (5-5, 4.68)
Promotions: Christmas in July, Doug Fister bobblehead, presented by the Jackson Sun, Kids Eat Free Friday
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 7-20 vs Huntsville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Trailing in the series, 1-0 to Huntsville, Jackson plays game 2 of the 4-game series in 3 days tonight at Pringles Park. Jackson leads the SL North standings by 1/2 game over Chattanooga. Huntsville is the only team in the league with a winning record against the Generals (9-7).
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals 3-game win streak was snapped Thursday by Huntsville, falling 8-3 in front of 3,220 fans at Pringles Park. Three Generals recorded two-hit games including Chih-Hsien Chiang, who was 2-fo-4 with a run. Chiang now has a season-high 9-game hitting streak. Francisco Martinez was 2-for-4.The Stars opened up the game in the top of the 4th by scoring 4 runs and capping it off with a 2-run double from Josh Prince. The Stars went ahead 5-1 after the big 4th inning. Nate Tenbrink provided some offense for the Generals in the 8th by hitting his 3rd homer of the season, a 2-run shot made it 7-3 Stars after 8 innings. Forrest Snow (1-5) suffered the loss for Jackson surrendering 7 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits over 5.2 innings. Snow walked 3 and struck out 1. Mauricio Robles provided 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for Jackson, striking out 5.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 5 games, the Generals have hit 8 home runs, including 3 multi-homer games. During the past 3 games, Jackson has scored 22 runs. In 16 games in July, Jackson has hit 15 home runs and currently leads the league with 76 homers.
DUNIGAN ON A TEAR: 2-time SL Hitter of the Week Joe Dunigan has recorded 16 RBI during his last 11 starts, batting .286 (12×42) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 16 RBI. During this stretch he leads the Southern League in RBI. He currently leads the league with 19 home runs.
FEELS GOOD AT THE TOP: The Generals 58 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.16 ERA and T-2nd in team batting average at .263. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage and home runs with 76.
WHO’S HOT?: INF Rich Poythress had his hitting streak come to an end on Thursday. The streak was a Generals season-high 13 games, batting .444 (20×45) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles and 5 RBI during the streak.
-> OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (pictured right, Michelle Gachet) is batting .390 (16×41) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 3 RBI during his current 9-game hit streak.
-> OF Denny Almonte is batting .321 (9×28) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 9 RBI in his 6 games with an at-bat.
-> RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 25.2 innings in relief (0.35 ERA). During this 16 game stretch has limited opponents to a .208 (19×91) average, while walking 8 and striking out 25.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 19 of 22 games with 12 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .372 (32×86) with 16 runs scored, 9 doubles, 2 triple, 4 home runs and 27 RBI.
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.
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 and a 1.35 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.
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. In 5 starts since being promoted for High Desert to Jackson, Fernandez is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA (8 ER, 34.0 IP).
FIRST HALF CHAMPIONS: Jackson won their 4th first half Championship in club history with a 42-28 record and ended the half with a 7-game lead in the division. The 42 first half wins ranked 3rd all-time in franchise history during a first half.
RECORD SETTING NIGHT: Last Thursday, the Generals broke the Southern League record for doubles in one game with 11, eclipsing the previous mark of 10 set by the Mobile BayBears on May 25, 2000. The Generals also matched the league mark with 13 extra-base hits, becoming the first team to do so without the benefit of a homer.
WILHELMSEN HAVING SUCCESS IN NEW ROLE: Former General and current Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen has an active scoreless innings streak that is the 3rd-longest by a reliever in Mariners history, and T7th-longest by any Mariners pitcher… Tom has not allowed run over his last 19 games (8-for-9 in save ops), limiting opponents to .141 (11×78) average while striking out 25: Wilhelmsen has the longest active scoreless streak among AL pitchers:
SEAGER HAS 2-out magic for M’s: The secret to Kyle Seager’s (pictured right, AP photo) success this season has been batting with runners on base…when at least one runner is on base he is batting .305 (39×128), compared to .204 (41×201) with the bases empty…he has been even better with runners in scoring position, ranking 9th in the American League batting .353 (30×85) with 49 RBI with RISP…Seager is tied for the Major League lead with 33 2-out RBI with Andre Ethier (LAD)…