Generals Update (Thursday, August 30)
Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (34-31, 76-59 vs. Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (35-30, 68-67)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (8-4, 3.05) vs. LHP Jose Alvarez (6-8, 3.97)
Promotions: Dollar Night, presented by MobileNation
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
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Game Information: | Game Notes 8-30 vs Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals open the final series of the regular season tonight at Pringles Park against the Jacksonville Suns. The Generals are 4 games back of Chattanooga in the SL North 2nd half standings with 5 games remaining in the regular season. Jackson is 2-3 against the Suns this season dropping 3 of 5 June 7-11 at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
GENERALS RECAP: – The Generals were limited to only 3 hits as Jackson lost to Chattanooga 1-4 on Tuesday night. Jackson dropped to 4 games back in the division with 5 games left in the regular season. RH Johermyn Chavez hit his 8th home run of the season, a solo blast to lead off the 8th inning, to break up the shutout. Starter Taijuan Walker (6.0,5,4,4,1,6,HR) recorded his 9th loss of the season, allowing 4 runs on 5 this in 6.0 innings. Relievers Forrest Snow (1.0,0,0,0,1,1) and Mauricio Robles (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) combined to hold the Lookouts scoreless over the final 2.0 innings in relief. Chavez (1×3, R, HR, RBI), 2B Stefen Romero (1×4), C Jesus Sucre (1×2, 2 BB) each recorded 1 of the Generals 3 hits. Jackson has an off day today, before beginning the final 5-game homestand of the season tomorrow vs. Jacksonville.
TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (76), batting average (.261), home runs (110), slugging percentage (.402), total bases (1799) and ERA (3.34)
3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 76 wins is the 3rd-most in franchise history and most since 2005. The 2005 Diamond Jaxx won 83 games and the 1999 Diamond Jaxx 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.
GATOR CHOMP: Mariners 2012 1st rounder out of Florida, C Mike Zunino has hit safely in 8 of 11 games with Jackson, batting .350 (14×40) with 6
runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks.
HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates have put together the best season in club history, combining for a 481-397 (.547) record. Currently all but three of the Mariners affiliates have qualified for the postseason in 2012. The organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (481) and winning percentage (.547).
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE ROSTER ANNOUNCED: The Arizona Fall League is set to begin its 20th season on Tuesday, October 9. Each AFL team is comprised of 5 major league organizations working cooperatively. Each organization is required to assign six of their most promising Major League prospects to the league. The roster includes 2012 Generals pitchers Logan Bawcom, Bobby LaFromboise and James Paxton. They will join position players Stefen Romero, Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin. They will join pitcher Carson Smith and infielder Vinnie Catricala, and. Romero is listed as a “taxi squad” member, which means he is only activated only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Generals pitching coach Lance Painter will serve as Pitching Coach for the Peoria Javelinas.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games with 6 multi-hit efforts, batting .333 (24×72) with 15 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 10 RBI. Romero has also hit safely 43 of 51 games (w/AB) with 21 multihit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .330 (67×203) with 35 runs scored, 14 doubles, 4 triple, 10 home runs and 42 RBI.
MAURER POWER: RH Brandon Maurer has been shut down for the season, but ranks 4th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He also leads the Generals in wins (9), strikeouts (117) and innings pitched (137.1). Since June 1 he is 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA (24 ER, 86.1 IP) with 10 qualitiy starts in 14 starts. During this stretch has lowered his season ERA from 4.38 to 3.20. In 8 starts since returning from DL on July 3,
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 43 games, the Generals have hit 42 home runs, including 12 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 110 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 101 home runs.
ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller currently ranks 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 179 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (193) has recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is currently batting .332 (179×539) with 103 runs scored, 39 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 67 RBI in 132 games combined between High Desert and Jackson.
FIRST ROUND FRENZY: The Generals have had 4 Mariners 1st round picks on the roster this season. INF Nick Franklin (‘09, #27, now in AAA Tacoma), RHP Taijuan Walker (‘10, #43), LHP Danny Hultzen (‘11, #2, now in AAA Tacoma) and C Mike Zunino (‘12, #3)