September 2012

Generals Update (SLCS Gm4 – Friday, September 14)

SLCS Game 4: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 1-2) vs. Mobile BayBears (ARI) (69-71, 2-1)
Site: Hank Aaron Stadium – Mobile, Alabama
Series: Mobile leads 2-1
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP Anthony Fernandez (1-0, 3.18) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-0, 6.35)
Radio: WEB ONLY /  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 9-14 at Mobile
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TODAY’S GAME:  The Generals are foced into a must win tonight in game 4 of the Southern League Championship Series with Mobile leading 2 games to 1. This is the Jackson franchise’s first appearance in the Championship Series since 2005 and 4th overall appearance. Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings with Mobile during the regular season. Mobile is looking for their 2nd straight Southern League title and 4th since joining the league in 19997.

GENERALS RECAP: After taking an early lead, the Generals couldn’t hold it as Mobile came-from-behind to defeat Jackson 4-2 in 10 innings on Thursday night. With the loss the Generals now trail Mobile 1-2 in the best-of-five Southern League Championship series. Jackson jumped out to a 2-0 lead gettingsingle runs in the fourth and fifth innings. LF Chih-Hsien Chiang reached on an error in the 4th that scored 3B Nate Tenbrink. In the 5th, CF Francisco Martinez brought in C Jesus Sucre with an RBI single to left. Mobile was held scoreless until the bottom of the 8th inning. With 2 runners on and 2 outs, Alfredo Marte reached on an error by SS Brad Miller. Chris Owings and Matt Davidson scored on the error that took an awkward hop. In the 10th, Jonathan Arias (1.0,1,2,2,1,1,HR) walked Matt Mangini and then on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Matt Davidson belted a tape measure 2-run walk-off homer. Starter Taijuan Walker (5.1,5,0,0,0,9) allowed 5 hits and stuck out 9 in 5.1 scoreless innings before leaving with a blister. Relievers Mauricio Robles (1.0,0,0,0,2,1) tossed 1.0 scoreless inning while Yoervis Medina (1.2,3,2,0,1,2) allowed 2 unearned runs in 1.2 innings. DH Mike Zunino (2×4) and CF Francisco Martinez (2×3, RBI) each led the Generals with 2 hits.

POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: During the first 7 games of the postseason Jackson is batting .275 (65×236) with 30 runs scored, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 29 RBI. The pitching staff is 4-2 with a 2.18 ERA (15 ER, 62.0 IP), while walking 22 and striking out 62 in the first 7 games. C Mike Zunino currently leads the team in runs scored (6), home runs (3) and RBI (8). Overall he is batting .400 (10×25) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 8 RBI in 7 games. SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 6 of 7 games during the post-season, batting 355 (11×31) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles and 2 RBI. INF Stefen Romero is currently batting .345 (10×29) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 1 walk. RH Logan Bawcom (4.0,2,0,0,2,4) has tossed a scoreless inning in each of the 4 games he has appeared. LH James Paxton (13.1,7,1,0,3,19) has allowed 7 hits and struck out 19 in 13.1 innings with out an earned run to go 2-0 in his 2 postseason starts. RH Taijuan Walker is 0-1 with a 0.71 ERA (1 ER, 12.2 IP) in 2 starts during the postseaon.

MARINERS RENEW PDC WITH JACKSON: Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced on Sept. 13 the extension of the Player Development Contract with the Jackson Generals as the Double-A affiliate. The contract will go thru the 2014 season. Jackson became a M’s affiliate in 2007.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 21-23 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson is appearing in the Championship Series for the 4th time, last in 2005. (1999, 2000, 2005, 2012). This is the first time that Jackson has won a North Division title as an affiliate of the Mariners. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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 a M’s affiliate in 06.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller ranked 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

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)

Generals Update (SLCS Gm3 – Thursday, September 13)

SLCS Game 3: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 4-2) vs. Mobile BayBears (ARI) (69-71, 4-2)
Site: Hank Aaron Stadium – Mobile, Alabama
Series: Tied 1-1
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Taijuan Walker (0-1, 1.23) vs. RHP Braden Hagens (1-0, 0.00)
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 9-13 at Mobile
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TODAY’S GAME:  The Southern League Championship Series shifts to Mobile for game 3 of the best-of-5 series that is tied 1-1. This is the Jackson franchise’s first appearance in the Championship Series since 2005 and 4th overall appearance. Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings with Mobile during the regular season. Mobile is looking for their 2nd straight SL title and 4th since joining the league in 19997.

GENERALS RECAP: Mobile used a 5-run 5th inning to defeat Jackson 7-2 on Wednesday night and even the Southern League Championship Series at 1-1. The BayBears sent eight hitters to the dish in the 5th inning and scored 5 runs. Jackson added 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning when 2B Stefen Romero brought in CF Denny Almonte and SS Brad Miller with a double to right. Romero (2×4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Miller (2×5, R) each recorded 2 hits, while Almonte (1×3, R, BB) added Jackson’s only other hit. Starter James Gillheeney (5.0,9,6,6,0,4,HR,WP) recorded the loss, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits in 5.0 innings. LH Jose Jimenez allowed a run in the top of the 9th, while Forrest Snow (2.0,0,0,0,0,2), Jonathan Arias (1.0,0,0,0,0,3) and Moises Hernandez (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) each had a scoreless outing for the Generals.

POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: During the first 6 games of the postseason Jackson is batting .286 (58×203) with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 28 RBI. The pitching staff is 4-2 with a 2.21 ERA (13 ER, 53.0 IP), while walking 18 and striking out 49 in the first 6 games. C Mike Zunino currently leads the team in runs scored (6), home runs (3) and RBI (8). Overall he is batting .381 (8×21) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 8 RBI in 6 games. SS Brad Miller has hit safely in each of the first 6 games during the post-season, batting .407 (11×27) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles and 2 RBI. INF Stefen Romero is currently batting .400 (10×25) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 1 walk. OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (.348/8×23, R, 2B, 5 RBI) and OF Johermyn Chavez (.211/4×19, R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) each have knocked in 5 runs during the postseason. RH Logan Bawcom (4.0,2,0,0,2,4) has tossed a scoreless inning in each of the 4 games he has appeared. LH James Paxton (13.1,7,1,0,3,19) has allowed 7 hits and struck out 19 in 13.1 innings with out an earned run to go 2-0 in his 2 postseason starts.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 21-22 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson is appearing in the Championship Series for the 4th time, last in 2005. (1999, 2000, 2005, 2012). This is the first time that Jackson has won a North Division title as an affiliate of the Mariners. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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 a M’s affiliate in 06.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller ranked 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

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)

MARINERS FUTURE IN JACKSON: With the addition of Brad Miller, the Generals roster currently contains 10 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 Forrest Snow (19), P Brandon Maurer (21), OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (24), P Mauricio Robles (26), OF Johermyn Chavez (28),

Generals Update (SLCS Gm 2 – Wednesday, September 12)

SLCS Game 2: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 4-1) vs. Mobile BayBears (ARI) (69-71, 3-2)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, Tennessee
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP James Gillheeney (1-0, 3.00) vs. LHP David Holmberg (0-0, 1.29)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (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 9-12 vs Mobile
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TODAY’S GAME:  The Generals, up 1-0 in the series, play game two of the SLCS at Pringles Park tonight against the Mobile BayBears. This is the Jackson franchise’s first appearance in the Championship Series since 2005 and 4th overall appearance. Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings with Mobile during the regular season. Mobile is looking for their 2nd straight SL title and 4th since joining the league in 19997.

GENERALS RECAP: Starter James Paxton struck out 10 and RF Johermyn Chavez knocked in 5 runs, including hitting a grand slam home run and Jackson defeated Mobile 8-1 in game 1 of the Southern League Championship Series. After 3.0 scoreless innings, Jackson broke out in the bottom of the 4th inning for 3 runs. 2B Stefen Romero (1×4, R) reached on a Matt Davidson fielding error to open the frame. C Mike Zunino followed with an RBI triple to left. Jackson then picked up RBI singles from LF Chih-Hsien Chiang and Chavez to lead it 3-0. Chiang struck again in the 6th inning, belting an RBI double that scored Zunino. That helped extend the advantage to 4-0. Mobile recorded their only run against Paxton in the 8th on a broken bat RBI single to right by Dan Kaczrowski and trimmed the lead to 4-1. In the bottom of the 8th, with 2 outs Chavez delivered a grand slam homer to left, putting the Generals up 8-1. Paxton (7.1,4,1,0,1,10) earned his 2nd postseason win, allowing 4 hits and striking out 10 in 7.1 innings. In 2 postseason starts, Paxton has struck out 19 and has not allowed an earned run (1 R) in 13.1 innings. Relievers Mauricio Robles (0.2,0,0,0,1) and Logan Bawcom (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) combined to hold the BayBears scoreless over the final 1.2 innings to secure the win. Zunino (2×3, 3 R, 2B, 3B, RBI), Chiang (2×4, R, 2B, 2 RBI) and Chavez (2×4, R, HR, 5 RBI) combined for 6 of the team’s 8 hits, while knocking on all 8 runs.

POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: During the first 5 games of the postseason Jackson is batting .310 (53×171) with 26 runs scored, 10 doubles and 5 home runs.. The pitching staff is 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA (7 ER, 44.0 IP), while walking 17 and striking out 40 in the first 5 games. C Mike Zunino currently leads the team in home runs (3), RBI (7), and batting average (.444). .INF Nate Tenbrink is currently batting .333 (5×15) with 5 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI in 4 games. SS Brad Miller has hit safely in each of the first 5 games during the post-season, batting .409 (9×22) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 2 RBI.  RH Logan Bawcom (4.0,2,0,0,2,4) has tossed a scoreless inning in each of the 4 games he has appeared. LH James Paxton is 2-0, with a 0.00 ERA in his 2 starts covering 13.1 innings and 19 strikeouts.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 21-21 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson is appearing in the Championship Series for the 4th time, last in 2005. (1999, 2000, 2005, 2012). This is the first time that Jackson has won a North Division title as an affiliate of the Mariners. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

FREE ADMISSION: The Generals are hosting games 1 and 2 of the Championship Series today and Wednesday at Pringles Park, with game times each night set for 6:05 p.m. CT. The Generals would like to celebrate this historic season by offering free admission to each of the games at Pringles Park. Free admission is a thank you to all the fans of Jackson and West Tennessee who have helped make Pringles Park the place to be in 2012. Games 3, 4 (if necessary) and 5 (if necessary) will be played at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The series is identical to the North Division Series and is best of 5.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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 a M’s affiliate in 06.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller ranked 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

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)

Generals Update (SLCS Game 1 – Tuesday, September 11)

SLCS Game 1: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 3-1) vs. Mobile BayBears (ARI) (69-71, 3-1)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, Tennessee
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP James Paxton (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 3.60)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (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 9-11 vs Mobile
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME:The Generals open the 2012 Southern League Championship Series tonight at Pringles Park against the Mobile BayBears. This is the Jackson franchise’s first appearance in the Championship Series since 2005 and fourth overall appearance. Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings with Mobile during the regular season. Mobile is looking for their 2nd straight SL title and fourth since joining the league in 19997.

GENERALS RECAP: 3B Nate Tenbrink and C Mike Zunino each homered as Jackson defeated Chattanooga 8-2 on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Generals advanced to the 2012 Southern League Championship Series for the first time since 2005. The Generals scored first in the 2nd inning on a 2-out RBI single by SS Brad Miller that scored Tenbrink. Tenbrink hit a solo homer to right in the 4th inning, making the score 2-0. Jackson added 2 more runs in the 6th inning on a 2 out bases loaded single by LF Chih-Hsien Chiang. The Lookouts cut the lead in half during the bottom of the 6th inning, getting RBI doubles from Luis Nunez and Jake Lemmerman. Again Jackson loaded the bases in the 8th inning and 1B Rich Poythress (1×6, RBI) delivered an RBI single to make the score 5-2. Zunino delivered the knockout punch in the 9th inning with a 2-out 3-run homer to left giving Jackson an 8-2 advantage. The homer was the 3rd from Zunino in the series. The Generals recorded 18 hits with 8 starters recording at least 1 hit and 6 with multi-hit contests. Chiang (3×4, 2 RBI, BB), Tenbrink (3×5, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI) and CF Francisco Martinez (3×4, R) each led the team with 3 hits, while Miller (2×6, R, RBI), Zunino (2×4, R, HR, 3 RBI) and 2B Stefen Romero (2×5, R, BB) each had 2 hits in the game. Starter Anthony Fernandez (5.2,4,2,2,2,4) recorded the win, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in 5.2 innings. Reliever Yoervis Medina (2.1,2,0,0,2,2) and Logan Bawcom (1.0,0,0,0,1,2) combined to strikeout 4 batters over the final 3.1 in relief.

POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: During the first 4 games of the postseason Jackson is batting .326 (45×138) with 18 runs scored, 7 doubles and 4 home runs, posting 18 RBI against Chattanooga. The pitching staff is 3-1 with a 1.54 ERA (6 ER, 35.0 IP), while walking 16 and striking out 28 in the first 4 games. INF Nate Tenbrink is currently leading the Generals, batting .455 (5×11) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI in 3 games. SS Brad Miller has hit safely in each of the first 4 games during the post-season, batting .444 (8×18) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 2 RBI. C Mike Zunino currently leads the team in home runs (3) and RBI (7). RH Logan Bawcom (3.0,1,0,0,2,3) has tossed a scoreless inning in each of the 3 games he has appeared. LH James Paxton leads the team with 6.0 scoreless innings and 9 strikeouts.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 20-21 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson is appearing in the Championship Series for the 4th time, last in 2005. (1999, 2000, 2005, 2012). This is the first time that Jackson has won a North Division title as an affiliate of the Mariners. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

FREE ADMISSION: The Generals will host games 1 and 2 of the Championship Series today and Wednesday at Pringles Park, with game times each night set for 6:05 p.m. CT. The Generals would like to celebrate this historic season by offering free admission to each of the games at Pringles Park. Free admission is a thank you to all the fans of Jackson and West Tennessee who have helped make Pringles Park the place to be in 2012. Games 3, 4 (if necessary) and 5 (if necessary) will be played at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The series is identical to the North Division Series and is best of 5.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller ranked 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

Previewing the Southern League Championship Series

Championship Series Will be a Heavyweight Fight

Early look at Tuesday’s Generally Speaking in the Jackson Sun.

The Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A affiliate Mobile BayBears were 40-30 in the first half of this season and coming off a Southern League title in 2011. They featured two of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs as well as the minor league hits’ leader Adam Eaton. But, during the second half while Bauer and Skaggs were making major league debuts and Eaton was collecting his minor league batting crown, it was a struggle in Baseball City.

The BayBears struggled to a 29-41 record in the second half and seemed to be a pushover in the South Division Series for Montgomery. That was not close the case. Mobile took three of four from Montgomery and outscored Montgomery 27-11 and collected 46 hits.

Jackson’s team has evolved as well and you can’t help but think of the great contributions from first half All-Stars like Danny Hultzen, Andrew Carraway, Nick Franklin, Carter Capps, Stephen Pryor, Bobby LaFromboise and Brian Moran. All of which have moved up to Triple-A Tacoma or Seattle.

During the 2012 season, the Generals won six of ten regular season meetings with the BayBears and four of five at Pringles Park. Each lineup touts top prospects for their respective major league organizations.

Jackson catcher Mike Zunino, the nation’s top collegiate player in 2012 and No. 3 overall draft pick by the Mariners this year continues to put up monster numbers. Against Chattanooga, Zunino batted .400 with three home runs and seven RBI. His three-run shot on Sunday pushed Jackson’s lead to 8-2 in the ninth inning and was estimated to be 450 feet. Generals’ leadoff hitter Brad Miller hit .444 with four runs and two RBI. Infielder Nate Tenbrink was a triple away from the cycle Sunday afternoon and hit .455 in the semi-final round.

Jackson hit .326 as a team during the Chattanooga series, scoring 18 runs on 45 hits.

Mobile is led by D-backs No. 7 prospect David Nick who batted .533 for the BayBears against Montgomery. No. 6 prospect Matt Davidson tied Zunino with seven RBI.

The advantage the Generals may have is starting pitching. Jackson starters posted a 1.54 ERA and held Chattanooga to a .222 batting average in the North series. Tonight’s starter James Paxton struck out nine and earned the win with six scoreless innings in his first playoff start. Following Paxton will be James Gillheeney in game two and Taijuan Walker in game three, in Mobile. Each collected quality starts in their first postseason outing.

On the line is the Billy Hitchcock Southern League trophy. Mobile is looking for their fourth league title since joining the league in 1997. Also, the BayBears are looking to become the third Southern League team since 1977 to win back-to-back titles.

The Jackson franchise has only won the Southern League title once, in 2000. That team featured future major leaguers Hee-Seop Choi, Eric Hinske, Corey Patterson, Will Ohman, Jose Nieves and Carlos Zambrano.

Jackson hosts games one and two of the Championship Series tonight and tomorrow at Pringles Park, with game times at 6:05 p.m. Admission is free and is a thank you from the Generals organization for the great support this season.

Pitching Matchups:
Game 1: LHP James Paxton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Game 2: LHP James Gillheeney (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. LHP David Holmberg (0-0, 1.29 ERA)
Game 3: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-1, 1.23 ERA) vs. RHP Bradin Hagens (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Game 4: (if necessary) LHP Anthony Fernandez (1-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Bolsinger (1-0, 6.35 ERA)
Game 5: (if necessary) LHP Steve Garrison (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Derek Eitel (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Chris Harris is the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Jackson Generals, Double-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Read his blog at chrisharris.mlblogs.com

Generals Update (Division Series Game 4, Sunday, September 9)

North Division Series Game 4: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 2-1) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (73-65, 1-2)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Time: 1:15 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up:
LHP Anthony Fernandez (4-3, 3.32) vs. RHP Andres Santiago (1-2, 2.77)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 1:00) /  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 9-9 at Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME:With Jackson leading the SL North Division Series 2-1, today is game four of the series. A Generals win today would clinch a spot in the SL Championship Series against the winner of Mobile/Montgomery. Mobile leads the South series 2-1. Jackson finished the regular season 9-6 against the Lookouts and 6-4 at AT&T Field. LH Anthony Ferandez (pictured right)  makes the start today.

GENERALS RECAP: In one of the best pitched games of 2012 season, Chattanooga shutout Jackson 1-0 to force a game four of the North Division Series. Generals’ starter Taijuan took a hard luck loss allowing just one run in 7.1 innings pitched. Chattanooga’s Chris Reed, Onelki Garcia, Jose Dominguez and Steve Ames combined for the three-hit shutout. Chattanooga’s lone run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning. After Taijuan Walker exited the game, Jonathan Arias surrendered an RBI double from Rafael Ynoa that scored Griff Erickson. Walker (0-1) struck out 4 and walked 4 in the 7.1 innings pitched, his second-longest outing of the season. Walker threw 99 pitches. Chattanooga reliever Jose Dominguez earned the victory striking out 2 in 2.0 scoreless relief innings. Francisco Martinez, Jesus Sucre and Stefen Romero came away with the Generals three hits in the game.

GENERALS STAY HOT IN POSTSEASON: Of the 4 playoff teams the Generals are 2nd in the league in batting (.287) and 1st in the league in pitching (1.38 ERA). Mike Zunino is 1st with 2 home runs so far and T-2nd in RBI with 4. James Paxton is T-1st with 9 strikeouts.

FACING THE LOOKOUTS: – The Generals are facing off against Chattanooga for the 2nd time in the playoffs. In 1999 West Tenn defeated Chattanooga 3-1 in the West Division Series and went on to lose to Orlando in the Championship Series. In 15 games this season Jackson batted .261 with 13 home runs and had a 3.98 pitching ERA.

WALKER MAKES FIRST POSTSEASON START: Mariners top prospect, according to Baseball America RH Taijuan Walker takes the mound as Jackson looks for the series sweep. The 20-year-old Walker was 4-3, with a 3.79 ERA in the first half and just 3-7, with a 5.43 ERA in the second half. In away games Walker was 2-8, with a 5.13 ERA.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its seventh appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 19-21 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson has appeared in the Championship Series 3 times, last in 2005. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

BREAKOUT SEASON FOR ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games with 10 multi-hit efforts, batting .375 (33×88) with 18 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 18 RBI. Romero has also hit safely 47 of 55 games (w/AB) with 25 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .347 (75×216)with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles, 4 triple, 12 home runs and 50 RBI.

HOME SWEET PRINGLES: The Generals won 8 of the last 10 home games including games one and two of the Division Series, and are 46-26 at home this season as opposed to 35-35 on the road. During the month of August, the Generals were 10-3 at Pringles Park as opposed to 6-11 on the road.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

GATOR CHOMP: C Mike Zunino hit safely in 10 of the final 14 games (w/AB) with Jackson, batting .333 (17×51) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 5 walks.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller ranked 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

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)

Generals Update (Division Series Game 3, Saturday, September 8)

North Division Series Game 3: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 2-0) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (73-65, 0-2)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Time: 6:15 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Taijuan Walker (7-10, 4.69) vs. LHP Chris Reed (0-4, 4.84)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 6:00) /  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 9-8 at Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME: The SL North Division Series shifts to Chattanooga for game 3, with Jackson leading the series 2-0. A Generals win today would clinch a spot in the SL Championship Series for the first time since 2005, against the winner of Mobile/Montgomery. That series is tied 1-1 heading to Montgomery. Jackson finished the regular season 9-6 against the Lookouts and 6-4 at AT&T Field.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals took a commanding 2-0 lead in the North Division Series Friday with a 7-3 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts at Pringles Park. The Generals collected 15 hits including four from Brad Miller and two home runs from Mike Zunino. Starter James Gillheeney earned the win allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits, walking none and striking out 3. Jonathan Arias allowed a run in one inning of relief and then Mauricio Robles and Logan Bawcom pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.  Offensively Brad Miller finished 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Mike Zunino was 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI. Stefen Romero and Nate Tenbrink each collected two hits.

OFFENSE RED HOT TO START PLAYOFFS: During the first two games of the postseason Jackson is batting .369, with 5 doubles and 2 home runs, scoring 10 runs in the first 2 games. against Chattanooga.

FACING THE LOOKOUTS: – The Generals are facing off against Chattanooga for the 2nd time in the playoffs. In 1999 West Tenn defeated Chattanooga 3-1 in the West Division Series and went on to lose to Orlando in the Championship Series. In 15 games this season Jackson batted .261 with 13 home runs and had a 3.98 pitching ERA.

WALKER MAKES FIRST POSTSEASON START: Mariners top prospect, according to Baseball America RH Taijuan Walker takes the mound as Jackson looks for the series sweep. The 20-year-old Walker was 4-3, with a 3.79 ERA in the first half and just 3-7, with a 5.43 ERA in the second half. In away games Walker was 2-8, with a 5.13 ERA.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its seventh appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 19-20 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson has appeared in the Championship Series 3 times, last in 2005. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

BREAKOUT SEASON FOR ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games with 10 multi-hit efforts, batting .375 (33×88) with 18 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 18 RBI. Romero has also hit safely 47 of 55 games (w/AB) with 25 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .347 (75×216)with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles, 4 triple, 12 home runs and 50 RBI.

HOME SWEET PRINGLES: The Generals won 6 of the last 8 home games of the regular season and are 44-26 at home this season as opposed to 35-35 on the road. During the month of August, the Generals were 10-3 at Pringles Park as opposed to 6-11 on the road.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

GATOR CHOMP: C Mike Zunino hit safely in 10 of the final 14 games (w/AB) with Jackson, batting .333 (17×51) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 5 walks.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller ranked 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

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)

Generals Update (Division Series Game 2 – Friday, September 7)

North Division Series Game 2: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 1-0) vs. Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (73-65, 0-1)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 4:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP James Gillheeney (0-1, 3.81) vs. RHP Zach Lee (4-3, 4.25)
Promotions: Playoffs presented by Chick-Fil-A, Free Admission on Friday
Radio: WEB ONLY! (pregame 3:50) /  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 9-7 vs Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME:With the Generals leading the series 1-0, tonight is game 2 of the SL North Division Series vs. Chattanooga at Pringles Park. Jackson finished the regular season 9-6 against the Lookouts and 3-2 at Pringles Park.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals blanked the Chattanooga Lookouts Thursday night in game 1 of the North Division Series, 3-0. The win gives Jackson a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Starter James Paxton (1-0) went 6.0 scoreless innings, striking out 8 and walking 2, scattering 3 singles getting the victory. After having a few opportunities in the 1st and 2nd innings Jackson touched the scoreboard in the 3rd inning with a double to center by Mike Zunino that plated Brad Miller. Jackson led 1-0.  After the 6th inning, wind and rain hit Pringles Park sending the game into what would be a 2 hour and 2 minute rain delay.  When play resumed, the Generals extended their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the 7th inning. After a Nate Tenbrink walk, he scored on an RBI double from Francisco Martinez to make it 2-0. Then, Stefen Romero brought in Martinez with another double. Yoervis Medina struck out 2 over 2.0 innings of relief to get a hold and Logan Bawcom pitched a scoreless 9th to lock down the save. Chattanooga’s Matt Magill suffered the loss, allowing a run on 7 hits over 6.0 innings. Brad Miller was 2-for-3 for the Generals while Stefen Romero and Chih-Hsien Chiang each ended the night 2-for-4 at the plate.

FACING THE LOOKOUTS: – The Generals are facing off against Chattanooga for the 2nd time in the playoffs. In 1999 West Tenn defeated Chattanooga 3-1 in the West Division Series and went on to lose to Orlando in the Championship Series. In 15 games this season Jackson batted .261 with 13 home runs and had a 3.98 pitching ERA.

GILLHEENEY MATCHES UP AGAINST LEE IN GAME 2: LHP James Gillheeney makes the game 2 start tonight opposite Dodgers #1 prospect Zach Lee. Gillheeney is coming off his 3rd 10+ strikeout performance this year in his final regular season start last Friday. Lee was the Dodgers first round pick (28th overall) in the 2010 draft. He is ranked by MLB.com and Baseball America as their top prospect. Was a 5* football recruit and signed to play with LSU.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise makes its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 18-20 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson has appeared in the Championship series 3 times, last in 2005. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

BREAKOUT SEASON FOR ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games with 10 multi-hit efforts, batting .375 (33×88) with 18 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 18 RBI. Romero has also hit safely 47 of 55 games (w/AB) with 25 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .347 (75×216)with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles, 4 triple, 12 home runs and 50 RBI.

HOME SWEET PRINGLES: The Generals won 6 of the last 8 home games of the regular season and are 44-26 at home this season as opposed to 35-35 on the road. During the month of August, the Generals were 10-3 at Pringles Park as opposed to 6-11 on the road.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

GATOR CHOMP: C Mike Zunino hit safely in 10 of 14 games (w/AB) with Jackson, batting .333 (17×51) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 5 walks.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller rankED 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

Generals Update (Division Series, Thursday, September 6)

North Division Series Game One: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (73-65)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP James Paxton (9-4, 3.05) vs. RHP Matt Magill (11-8, 3.75)
Promotions: Playoffs presented by Chick-Fil-A, Dollar Night, presented by MobileNation
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (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 9-6 vs Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

Generals Roster | 2012 Regular Season Statistics | SL Standings | SL Leaders | Generals PromotionsMLB Game Notes | Mariners Roster | MLB Standings

TODAY’S GAME:Tonight the Generals open postseason play in the SL North Division series with game one against the Chattanooga Lookouts at Pringles Park. Jackson finished the regular season 9-6 against the Lookouts and 3-2 at Pringles Park.

FACING THE LOOKOUTS: – The Generals are facing off against Chattanooga for the 2nd time in the playoffs. In 1999 West Tenn defeated Chattanooga 3-1 in the West Division Series and went on to lose to Orlando in the Championship Series. In 15 games Jackson batted .261 with 13 home runs and had a 3.98 pitching ERA.

PAXTON GETS GAME ONE START: In 8 starts since returning from DL on July 3, LH James Paxton was 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA (16 ER, 70.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .283 (60×212) average, while walking 22 and striking out 58. Overall in 21 starts this season Paxton finished 9-4 with a 3.05 ERA.

GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise makes its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 17-20 in Southern League PS games. The last time Jackson was in the postseason was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson has appeared in the Championship series 3 times, last in 2005. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.

BREAKOUT SEASON FOR ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games with 10 multi-hit efforts, batting .375 (33×88) with 18 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 18 RBI. Romero has also hit safely 47 of 55 games (w/AB) with 25 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .347 (75×216)with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles, 4 triple, 12 home runs and 50 RBI.

HOME SWEET PRINGLES: The Generals won 6 of the last 8 home games of the regular season and are 44-26 at home this season as opposed to 35-35 on the road. During the month of August, the Generals were 10-3 at Pringles Park as opposed to 6-11 on the road.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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.

ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.

GATOR CHOMP: C Mike Zunino hit safely in 10 of 14 games (w/AB) with Jackson, batting .333 (17×51) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 5 walks.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.

MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 48 games of the season, the Generals hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller rankED 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.

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)

MARINERS FUTURE IN JACKSON: With the addition of Brad Miller, the Generals roster currently contains 10 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 Forrest Snow (19), P Brandon Maurer (21), OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (24), P Mauricio Robles (26), OF Johermyn Chavez (28), INF Rich Poythress (29).

Generals Update (Monday, September 3)

Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (37-32, 79-60 vs. Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (36-33, 69-70)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 2:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP Steve Garrison (5-4, 4.76) vs. LHP Brian Flynn (2-0, 3.92)
Promotions: Labor Day Game
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 1:50) /  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 9-3 vs Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

Generals Roster | 2012 Regular Season Statistics | SL Standings | SL Leaders | Generals PromotionsMLB Game Notes | Mariners Roster | MLB Standings

TODAY’S GAME:Today the Generals play the final game of the regular season in search of their 80th win of the season. The Generals have won 3 of 4 against the Suns during the current 5-game series and overall 6 of 7 at home. The Generals lead the season series over the Suns, 5-4.

GENERALS RECAP: – The Generals comeback fell short Sunday as Jackson fell to the Jacksonville Suns at Pringles Park, 10-9. Jackson put single tallies on the scoreboard in each of the first 3 innings, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. In the 1st LF Chih-Hsien Chiang hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring SS Brad Miller. In the 2nd inning, CF Denny Almonte brought in RF Johermyn Chavez with an RBI single and 3B Nate Tenbrink hit a solo homer in the 3rd. The Jacksonville Suns had their biggest inning of the season in the top of the 4th inning by sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 9 runs. Kyle Jensen hit a homer and drove in 4 runs in the inning and Jake Jeffries had a two-run blast. The Generals began to mount a comeback in the bottom of the 4th inning with DH Joe Dunigan getting his 25th homer of the season making it 9-4.  The Suns and Generals traded homers in the 7th inning as Kyle Skipworth homered in the top of the inning and Miller homered in the bottom of the inning. Jacksonville led 10-5. The Generals trimmed the lead to 10-8 in the 8th with three-run homer from Almonte. It was Almonte’s 12th of the season.  Jackson did cut the lead to 10-9 in the 9th on an RBI single from Chiang. Tenbrink, Miller, Chavez and Almonte all collected 2 hits as Jackson out-hit the Suns 12-9. Generals’ starter RH Taijuan Walker (7-10) suffered the loss giving up 8 runs, 7 earned on 5 hits in 3.1. Walker struck out 7 and walked 1.

BREAKOUT SEASON FOR ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 46 of 54 games (w/AB) with 24 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .344 (73×212) with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles, 4 triples, 12 home runs and 50 RBI. Romero is currently batting .351 (165×470) with 85 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 triples, 23 home runs and 101 RBI in 115 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. He is one of 17 players in the Minor Leagues this season to knock in at least 100 runs this season.

HOME SWEET PRINGLES: The Generals have won 6 of the last 7 at home and are 44-25 at home this season as opposed to 35-35 on the road. During the month of August, the Generals were 10-3 at Pringles Park as opposed to 6-11 on the road.

TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), home runs (118), slugging percentage (.406), total bases (1870) and ERA (3.38). Jackson is T-1st in the league in batting average, (.261)

3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 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 10 of 14 games with Jackson, batting .333 (17×50) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 4 walks.

HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates are putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 492-402 (.550) record. 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 (492) and winning percentage (.550).

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.

ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 47 games, the Generals have hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller currently ranks 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (193) has recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is currently batting .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 135 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)

MARINERS FUTURE IN JACKSON: With the addition of Brad Miller, the Generals roster currently contains 10 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 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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