Generals Update (Sunday, September 2)

Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (37-31, 79-59 vs. Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (35-33, 68-70)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 2:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Taijuan Walker (7-9, 4.31) vs. RHP Bryan Evans (6-8, 4.59)
Promotions: Church Bulletin Sunday, Season Ticket Holder BP and Picnic
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 9-2 vs Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME:The Generals have won 3 straight over Jacksonville and and 6 straight at home. Today Jackson plays game 4 of the 5-game series against Jacksonville (MIA). This is the final homestand of the regular season. Jackson is is 5-3 against the Suns this season.

GENERALS RECAP: – The Generals won their 3rd straight game Saturday, 3-2 in a six-inning rain shortened game at Pringles Park. Jackson wins the series, taking the first 3 of the 5-game series. The loss for Jacksonville eliminates the Suns from playoff contention. The Generals fell behind in the top of the 2nd, but tied the score in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a solo homer from LF Kalian Sams, his 11th home run of the season. In the 3rd inning, Jackson added 2 more runs. SS Brad Miller reached on a double down the right field line. Stefen Romero followed with a homer to left field, making the score 3-1 Jackson. Romero finished the game 2-for-2 with the homer and two RBI. The Suns cut the Generals’ lead to 3-2 in the 5th inning. Jake Smolinski walked to begin the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Jensen. Play was halted after the final out of the 6th inning was recorded due to a severe thunderstorm warning. The game was called after a delay of 1 hour and 30 minutes. RH Moises Hernandez claimed his 5th victory of the season, pitching 2.0 hitless innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. C Mike Zunino was the other Generals with a multi-hit game going 2-for-3, with a pair of singles.

BREAKOUT SEASON FOR ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero (pictured right, Jesse Garrett)  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. Combined between High Desert and Jackson Romero is batting .351 (165×470) with 85 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 triples, 23 home runs and 101 RBI.

HOME SWEET PRINGLES: The Generals have won 6 straight home games and are 44-24 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 (114), slugging percentage (.402), total bases (1841) and ERA (3.34). Jackson is 2nd in the league in batting average, (.260)

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 13 games with Jackson, batting .370 (17×45) 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 put together the best season in club history, combining for a 490-399 (.551) 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 (490) and winning percentage (.551).

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 46 games, the Generals have hit 46 home runs, including 14 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 114 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 104 home runs.

ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller currently ranks 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 189 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (193) has recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is currently batting .333 (184×552) with 108 runs scored, 40 doubles, 6 triples, 14 home runs and 67 RBI in 134 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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