Generals Update (Thursday, August 9)
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (25-20, 67-48 at Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (25-21, 61-53)
Site: Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Gillheeney vs. LHP Kyle Lobstein (6-6, 3.99)
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 8-9 at Montgomery
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: With the Generals trailing 1-0 in the series, tonight is game 2 of the 5-game road series at Montgomery (TB). The Generals trail Chattanooga by a 1/2 game in the SL North second half standings. Jackson is 8-8 against the Biscuits this season and 4-4 at Riverwalk Stadium this season. Of the final final 25 games, Jackson plays 11 at home and 14 on the road.
GENERALS RECAP: Pinch runner Brad Coon scored from second base on an infield hit by Brett Nomensen in the bottom of the 9th, giving Montgomery a 2-1 walkoff win. The Biscuits took the opener of the 5-game series, snapping Jackson’s 4-game win streak. 1B Rich Poythress (2×3, BB) and 2B Leury Bonilla (2×4) each led the Generals in hits as Jackson out-hit Montgomery 8-7. DH Joe Dunigan (1×3, RBI, BB) knocked in Jackson’s only run with a RBI single in the first inning. Starter Anthony Fernandez (6.0,3,1,1,2,4,HR) allowed a solo home run in the 4th inning, but left the game after 6.0 innings with a 1-1. RH Forrest Snow (1.0,3,0,0,0,0) allowed 3 hits in a scoreless 7th inning. LH Mauricio Robles (1.2,1,1,1,2,3) was charged with the loss after allowing a RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning.
FOR STARTERS: LH James Gillheeney (pictured right, John Shadrick) makes his first Jackson start of the year tonight. This is his 3rd stint with Jackson. At the end of last season Gillheeney made 7 starts for the Generals going 1-3, with a 5.49 ERA. In 2010, he was 1-2, with a 6.87 ERA in 4 starts for the Diamond Jaxx. With High Desert he was 8-4, with a 5.39 ERA in 23 starts and 120.1 innings pitched. He currently holds the the High Desert all-time career strike out record with 255. Gillheeney averaged more than a strikeout an inning over his professional career, recording 21 strikeouts in 3 starts for the Mavericks in 2010, 109 strikeouts in 107.2 innings in 2011 and has 121 strikeouts in 120.1 innings this season.
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals 67 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson leads the league in ERA (3.25). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1540), slugging percentage (.402) and home runs (93).
RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 67 wins is the fastest to that mark since 2005. The Generals are 3 games off the pace off of the 2005 Diamond Jaxx that won 83 games and 4 off the pace of the 1999 Diamond Jaxx that won a record 84 games. Last season the Generals won just 68 games and the most won since becoming at Mariners affiliate in 2006 was 75 that season.
#VIVALAROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 31 of 38 games (w/AB) with 18 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .342 (50×146) with 26 runs scored, 12 doubles, 3 triple, 8 home runs and 38 RBI. Romero has recorded an RBI in each of his last 4 games, batting .444 (8×18) with 6 runs scored, 3 home runs and 6 RBI.
FUNKY COLD MEDINA: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 35.0 innings in relief (0.26 ERA). During this 22 game stretch has limited opponents to a .193 (23×119) average, while walking 13 and striking out 35.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 24 games, the Generals have hit 25 home runs, including 8 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 93 homers this season. Mobile is 2nd with 84 long balls.
MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 12 of 15 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .304 (17×56) with 8 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs and 5 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 48 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .335 (156×466) with 97 runs scored, 34 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs and 61 RBI. His 156 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 97 runs scored rank 4th.
PAX IS BACK: In 7 starts since returning from the DL on July 3, LH James Paxton is 4-0 with a 2.60 ERA (11 ER, 38.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .259 (36×139) average, while walking 12 and striking out 37.