Generals Update (Friday, August 3)
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (21-18, 63-46 vs. Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (19-21, 54-56)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, Tenn
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Matt Fox (0-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Nick Struck (11-10, 3.71)
Radio: NewsTalk 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 8-3 vs Tennessee
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals open a 5-game series tonight at Pringles Park against the Tennessee Smokies (CHC). This is the final series against Tennessee in 2012. The two teams meet 24 times this season and Jackson currently leads the season series, 13-6.
GENERALS RECAP: After the Generals took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 11th inning, Birmingham scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 11th and walked off with a 4-3 victory on Thursday night. The Generals dropped their 3rd straight series as Birmingham won 3 of 5. The loss dropped the Generals to 3-9 in extra inning affairs. Jackson remains 1.5 games out of 1st in the SL North 2nd half standings. Nate Tenbrink (1×5, R, HR, RBI) hit the 4th pitch of the game from Birmingham pitcher Nick McCully out of the ballpark giving Jackson a quick 1-0 edge in the first. It was the 2nd night in a row that Tenbrink hit a home run. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Logan Bawcom (2.0,0,0,0,4,2) walked the bases loaded, than retired the next 3 batters and got out of the jam. Bawcom walked 4 and struck out 2 in 2.0 scoreless innings in his debut with the Generals after being acquired by the Mariners on July 30 from the Dodgers. RF Chih-Hsien Chiang (1×4, 2 RBI, BB) put the Generals on top 3-1 in the top of the 11th inning with a 2-run single to right scoring pinch runner Stefen Romero and DH Joe Dunigan (1×5, R). With 2 runners on in the bottom of the 11th against reliever Moises Hernandez (0.2,3,3,3,2,0), Birmingham’s Jake Oester delivered an RBI single to trim the deficit to 3-2. The next batter, Miguel Gonzalez plated 2 with a single and the Barons walked off with the 4-3 win. Jackson starter Anthony Fernandez (6.0,2,1,1,1,2) allowed 1 run on 2 hits over 6.0 innings, striking out 2 and walking 1. RH Yoervis Medina (2.0,0,0,0,0,5) followed Fernandez by tossing 2.0 scoreless frames and striking out 5.
FERNANDEZ MANIA RETURNS: In 8 starts since being promoted for High Desert to Jackson, Anthony Fernandez (pictured right, Jesse Garrett) is 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA (16 ER, 52.2 IP).
BEING HEALTHY MATTERS: LH James Paxton is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA (7 ER, 32.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .269 (32×119) average, while walking 9 and striking out 32.
MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 7 of 9 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .353 (12×34) 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 .340 (151×444) 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 T3rd and his 34 doubles rank T8th.
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).
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 18 games, the Generals have hit 18 home runs, including 6 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 85 homers this season..
MEET THE NEW CLOSER: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 33.1 innings in relief (0.27 ERA). During this 20 game stretch has limited opponents to a .195 (22×113) average, while walking 12 and striking out 34.
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals 63 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson leads the league in ERA (3.17). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1455), slugging percentage (.399) and home runs (86)..
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.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 26 of 33 games (w/AB) with 15 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .328 (42×128) with 20 runs scored, 12Vdoubles, 2 triple, 5 home runs and 32 RBI.
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, according to Baseball America, including 3 of the top 6. P Taijuan Walker (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).