Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (26-22, 68-50 at Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (27-22, 63-54)
Site: Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-6, 4.04) vs. RHP Nick Barnese (2-1, 4.53)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 (pregame 5:50) / 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 8-12 at Montgomery
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Lineup to come soon
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight the Generals play the Biscuits for the 21st and final time thi sseason. Jackson is 9-11 against Montgomery (TB), but lead the all-time series 71-69. The Generals trail Chattanooga by a 1/2 game in the SL North second half standings. Jackson is 5-7 at Riverwalk Stadium this season. Of the final final 22 games, Jackson plays 11 at home and 11 on the road.
GENERALS RECAP: For the 2nd time in 4 days, Montgomery walked off with a victory over the Generals in the 9th. Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium the Biscuits defeated Jackson 4-3. The win clinched the series for Montgomery. The Generals fell behind 3-0 Saturday as Montgomery scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th. Jackson’s Francisco Martinez delivered a 2-run double to center that scored Ralph Henriquez and Nate Tenbrink, trimming the lead to 3-2. In the 8th inning, pinch hitter Leury Bonilla hit a SAC fly to center scoring Rich Poythress to tie the game at 3-3. In the 9th, Generals’ reliever Jonathan Arias allowed a single and walk. With one out Brett Nomensen grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded that scored Derek Dietrich, the game winning run. The walkoff was the 6th of the year for Montgomery. Arias (1-4) suffered the loss giving up a run on 1 hit in 1.2 innings of relief. Starter Steve Garrison posted a quality start, but did not factor in the decision. Garrison in his first Jackson start since June 26 went 7.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 5. Joe Dunigan was the only General with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double.
FOR STARTERS: Today RH Taijuan Walker (pictured right, Michelle Gachet) makes his final start as a teenager. Walker turns 20 tomorrow. He is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER, 22.0 IP) over his last 4 starts. During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .220 (18×82) batting average, while walking 5 and striking out 17.
OF NOTE: INF Rich Poythress has reached base safely in 14 of his last 15 games, batting .333 (16×48) with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI and 15 walks.
-> Former General pitcher Carter Capps made MLB debut last Friday, tossing 0.1 inning against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. He’s the 2nd player from 2011 draft to debut. Capps, 22, joins RHP Trevor Bauer (AZ) as only two from last year’s draft to have appeared in Majors.
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in ERA (3.27). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1586), slugging percentage (.403) and home runs (96).
RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 68 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 5 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 33 of 40 games (w/AB) with 18 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .335 (52×155) with 27 runs scored, 12 doubles, 3 triple, 9 home runs and 39 RBI. Romero has hit safely in each of his last 6 games, batting .391 (9×23) with 7 runs scored, 4 home runs and 7 RBI.
FUNKY COLD MEDINA: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 3 runs in his last 36.1 innings in relief (0.74 ERA). During this 24 game stretch has limited opponents to a .200 (25×125) average, while walking 13 and striking out 36.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 27 games, the Generals have hit 28 home runs, including 9 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 96 homers this season. Mobile is 2nd with 85 long balls.
MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 15 of 18 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .314 (22×70) with 10 runs scored, 2 doubls, 3 home runs and 7 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 50 multihit games this season, batting a combined .336 (160×476) with 99 runs scored, 35 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 63 RBI. His 160 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 99 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.
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).
FIRST HALF CHAMPIONS: Jackson won their 4th first half Championship in club history with a 42-28 record and ended the half with a 7-game lead in the division. The 42 first half wins ranked 3rd all-time in franchise history during a first half.