Generals Update (Thursday, August 2)

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (21-17, 63-45 at Birmingham Barons (CHW) (18-21, 48-60)
Site: Regions Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP Anthony Fernandez (4-1, 2.89) vs. RHP Nick McCully (1-1, 6.50)
Radio:  WEB ONLY! (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 8-2 at Birmingham
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals play the rubber match of the 5-game series against the Birmingham Barons (CHW) tonight at Regions Park. Jackson will look to snap a short 2 series losing skid. This is the lone visit Jackson pays to Birmingham. The Generals took 4 of 5 from the Barons, April 5-9 at Pringles Park to open the 2012 season.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals blasted three homers Wednesday and received six shutout innings from James Paxton en route to a 9-1 win over Birmingham. Jackson tied a season-high by scoring 6 runs in the top of the 6th inning. The win brings the club back to within 1 ½ games of first place Chattanooga. Brad Miller reached base 5 times and was 3-for-3 at the plate with his second Jackson homer. Nate Tenbrink was 3-for-5 with a triple, homer and 3 RBI. Joe Dunigan belted his league-leading 21st homer of the season to start off the big 6th inning. The 2-run shot to center broke a scoreless tie. Jackson scored 4 more runs in the inning. Tenbrink’s 2-run homer was in the seventh, making the score 8-0 and Miller added a solo shot in the eighth to make it 9-0. Paxton (6-3) tossed 6.0 shutout innings, scattering 5 hits, walking just 1 and striking out 8 Barons. Jose Jimenez and Jandy Sena added scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th innings. Francisco Martinez, Joe Dunigan and Chih-Hsien Chiang contributed two hits each on the night.

BEING HEALTHY MATTERS: In 6 starts since returning from the DL on July 3, LH James Paxton is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA (7 ER, 32.1 IP). He has walked 9 and struck out 32.

MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller (pictured right, has hit safely in 7 of 8 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .400 (12×30) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs and 3 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 48 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .343 (151×440) with 93 runs scored, 34 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs and 59 RBI. His 151 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 93 runs scored rank 3rd and his 33 doubles rank T6th.

“6” IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: The Generals scored 6 runs in the 6th inning last night. It tied a season-high that had been reached twice previously this season. 11 batters came to the plate during the big inning.

CAPPS ACTIVATED BY MARINERS: RHP Carter Capps was promoted to Seattle yesterday after just 1 appearance with AAA Tacoma. . In 38 appearances with AA Jackson he went 2-3 with a Southern League-leading 19 saves and a 1.26 ERA (7 ER, 50.0 IP). The 6-5, 220-pound right-hander struck out 72 batters for a 12.96 K/9.0 IP ratio, and held opponents to a .212 (40×189) batting average. When he makes his Major League debut, Capps will become just the second player from the 2011 MLB draft to appear in a Major League game (Trevor Bauer, Arizona, 3rd overall).

MEET THE NEW CLOSER: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 31.1 innings in relief (0.29 ERA). During this 19 game stretch has limited opponents to a .206 (22×107) average, while walking 12 and striking out 29.  He is 2×2 in save chances since Capps left Friday.

BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals 63 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson leads the league in ERA (3.16). The Generals also lead the league in total bases (1445) and slugging percentage (.401) and home runs with 85.

MAURER POWER: RH Brandon Maurer ranks 4th in the Southern League with a 3.34 ERA. He also leads the Generals in wins (8), strikeouts (103) and innings pitched (121.1). In 5 starts in July, Maurer is 3-0, with a 1.99 ERA (7 ER, 31.2 IP). Since June 1 he is 6-1 with a 2.57 ERA (20 ER, 70.0 IP) in 11 starts. During this stretch has lowered his season ERA from 4.38 to 3.34.

RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 63 wins is the fastest to that mark since 2005. The Generals are 5 games off the pace off of the 2005 Diamond Jaxx that won 83 games and 7 off the pace of the 1999 Diamond Jaxx that won a record 84 games.

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