Generals Update (Thursday, July 26)

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (17-14, 59-42 vs. Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (20-12, 56-44)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, Tenn
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Taijuan Walker  (6-5, 4.39) vs. RHP Jacob Thompson (7-7, 5.02)
Promotions: Dollar Night, presented by MobileNation
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TODAY’S GAME: Today the Generals continue their 9-game homestand (1-5), with game 3 of the 5-game set with the Montgomery Biscuits (TB). The Generals look to snap a 4-game losing skid, which ties for a season-long. The Generals are 6-7 against Montgomery this season, 2-3 at Pringles Park. Jackson leads the overall series with Montgomery, 68-66. The two teams meet 11 times during the month of July.

GENERALS RECAP: On a sweltering Wednesday afternoon at Pringles Park, the Generals dropped their 4th straight, losing to Montgomery 4-3. The loss places Jackson in a 0-2 hole in the 5-game series. The loss dropped the Generals to 17-14 in the second half, 2 ½ games behind the league leader Chattanooga, in the second half standings. Montgomery jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead Wednesday by scoring two runs in the 3rd and two runs in the 5th. Jackson broke a streak of 13 straight scoreless innings in the series after a solo homer from Kalian Sams leading off the bottom of the 5th inning. Jackson made it 4-2 in the seventh on a Ralph Henriquez RBI groundout. Stefen Romero pulled the Generals within a run at 4-3 in the 8th inning with a sacrifice fly to center. Jackson went in order in the ninth against Montgomery closer Kirby Yates, who earned his 12th save of the season. Jackson starter Forrest Snow (1-5) took the loss, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits over 5.0 innings pitched. Snow walked 3 and struck out 4. Leury Bonilla led the way offensively for Jackson with a 2-for-3 afternoon at the plate.

MARINERS FUTURE IN JACKSON: With the addition of Brad Miller, the Generals roster currently contains 11 of the top 30 prospects in the Seattle Mariners organization, including three of the top six. P Taijuan Walker (pictured right, Michelle Gachett)  (1), P James Paxton (3), INF Francisco Martinez (6), INF Brad Miller (11), P Carter Capps (16), P Forrest Snow (19), P Brandon Maurer (21), OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (24), P Mauricio Robles (26), OF Johermyn Chavez (28), INF Rich Poythress (29).

MAURER POWER: Generals’ starter Brandon Maurer now ranks 6th in the Southern League with a 3.51 ERA after posting his 11th quality start Tuesday night. Maurer leads the Generals in wins (7), strikeouts (96) and innings pitched (115.1). In 4 starts in July, Maurer is 2-0, with a 2.45 ERA in 25.2 IP and 28 strikeouts. Maurer’s ERA was 4.62 in May, 3.05 in June and 2.45 in July.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 10 games, the Generals have hit 10 home runs, including 3 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 78 homers this season..

FEELS GOOD AT THE TOP: The Generals 59 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.18 ERA and T-2nd in team batting average at .262. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage and home runs with 77.

WHO’S HOT?: INF Rich Poythress had an 18-game on-base streak snapped yesterday finishing 0x3. During the streak, which was the 2nd-longest by a Jackson player this season, Poythress batted .419, with 6 doubles 7 runs and 7 RBI.
-> RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 29.2 innings in relief (0.30 ERA). During this 18 game stretch has limited opponents to a .210 (21×99) average, while walking 10 and striking out 28.

VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 22 of 27 games with 13 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .346 (36×104) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 triple, 4 home runs and 28 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 36.1 (0.51 ERA). This season he is 2-3 with 18 saves and a 1.29 ERA (7 ER, 49.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .214 (39×185) average, while walking 12 and striking out 70. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 33 of 37 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, Anthony Fernandez is 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA (13 ER, 39.2 IP).

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