Generals Update (Monday, August 6)

Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (23-19, 65-47 vs. Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (20-23, 55-58)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, Tenn
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Taijuan Walker (7-6, 4.12) vs. RHP Lendy Castillo (0-0, 0.00 MLB Rehab)
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
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals and Smokies meet for the 23rd time this season tonight in game 4 of the 5-game series that Jackson leads 2-1. The Generals lead the season series, 15-7. Jackson trails the 1st place Chattanooga Lookouts by 1 1/2 games in the SL North second half standings.

GENERALS RECAP: Brad Miller brought in Kalian Sams with a single to right in the bottom of the 9th inning Sunday, giving Jackson a 5-4 walkoff win over the Tennessee Smokies. The Generals took a 2-1 series edge with the win at Pringles Park. The Smokies scored single runs in the 1st, 2nd and 4th innings to put the Generals in an early 3-0 deficit. Stefen Romero led off the bottom of the 4th with a solo homer to center. The blast was Romero’s 7th in Double-A and his 2nd in as many games. Jackson followed with subsequent singles by Joe Dunigan, Rich Poythress, and Chih-Hsien Chiang with Dunigan and Poythress plating 2 more runs in the inning. Jackson took a 4-3 lead in the 6th inning when Poythress was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Tennessee tied it back up on a throwing error in the 7th inning. The game remained knotted at 4 until the bottom of the 9th inning. Kalian Sams led-off with a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Tenbrink. Brad Miller came to the plate with two outs and delivered a single to right. Sams scored on a play at the plate to give the Generals the 5-4 victory. The walk-off victory was Jackson’s first since June 1. RH Brandon Maurer logged a quality start for Jackson, allowing 3 earned runs in 6-2/3 innings. Maurer struck out 9, allowed 7 hits and 4 total runs in the game. Reliever Logan Bawcom (4-3, 2.39) earned his 1st win for Jackson after pitching a scoreless, one-hit 9yh inning. Rich Poythress and Kalian Sams were each 2-for-3 with a run scored.

FOR STARTERS: Today’s starter RH Taijuan Walker (pictured right, John Shadrick) is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA (4 ER, 18.0 IP) over his last 3 starts. During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .212 (14×66) batting average, while walking 3 and striking out 14.

FUNKY COLD MEDINA: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 35.0 innings in relief (0.25 ERA). During this 22 game stretch has limited opponents to a .192 (23×120) average, while walking 13 and striking out 35.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 21 games, the Generals have hit 22 home runs, including 7 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 90 homers this season.

MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 10 of 12 games since his promotion to Jackson including the game winner on Sunday, batting .326 (15×46) with 7 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs and 4 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 48 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .338 (154×456) with 96 runs scored, 34 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs and 60 RBI. His 154 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 96 runs scored rank T3rd.

FROM PRINGLES PARK TO YANKEE STADIUM: RH Carter Capps made his MLB debut for the Mariners on Friday night at Yankee Stadium (0.1 IP (H, BB, sac bunt)…both runners he left scored). With MLB debut became 2nd player from 2011 draft to play in MLB (Bauer).

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.

MAURER POWER: Today’s starter RH Brandon Maurer ranks 4th in the Southern League with a 3.38 ERA. He also leads the Generals in wins (8), strikeouts (112) and innings pitched (128.0). In 5 starts in July, Maurer was 3-0, with a 1.99 ERA (7 ER, 31.2 IP). Since June 1 he is 6-1 with a 2.72 ERA (23 ER, 76.2 IP) in 11 starts. During this stretch has lowered his season ERA from 4.38 to 3.34.

BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals 65 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson leads the league in ERA (3.23). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1486), slugging percentage (.402) and home runs (89).

RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 65 wins is the fastest to that mark since 2005. The Generals are 6 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 29 of 36 games (w/AB) with 17 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .338 (47×139) with 23 runs scored, 12 doubles, 3 triple, 7 home runs and 35 RBI.

FERNANDEZ MANIA RETURNS: In 8 starts since being promoted for High Desert to Jackson, Anthony Fernandez is 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA (16 ER, 52.2 IP).

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).

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